Category Archives: Humanities

Describing a Research Project Before You Have One

A common requirement for grant applications is that you describe your project. It’s a reasonable request for the people offering you money to want to know what you’ll do with it. However, a lot of us enter graduate school without … Continue reading

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Keeping Your Reviewer in Mind: Merging the Worlds of the Unfamiliar with the Familiar

As graduate students, we like to stay in our cozy, academic silos. Why? Because there, we are free to use our jargon with ease, our colleagues will likely be familiar with our theoretical frameworks, and our research methods are generally accepted. … Continue reading

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GradFund: What to Expect When You Meet with Us

So you have the idea to meet with GradFund. Mayhap your advisor suggested meeting with us to “discuss your options.” You could have come across one of our various emails. It’s possible that your program requires you to participate in … Continue reading

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Using GradFund Over the Course of Your Graduate Study

The project I proposed during GradFund’s Summer Mentoring Program in 2009 is not exactly the dissertation I’ll be defending this summer, but it— and the work I continued to do with GradFund over the next six years— shaped that dissertation … Continue reading

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Becoming Fulbright Competitive

If you are a U.S. citizen and you plan to apply for funding to support overseas research, now is the time to consider whether a Fulbright fits with your plans. The Fulbright-IIE competition for the 2017-18 year has opened and … Continue reading

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On Fieldwork & Funding – Part Two

Success in Grant Writing Series Editor’s Note: Welcome to the next installment of our Success in Grant Writing series, which will feature guest blog posts written by Rutgers graduate student winners of prestigious fellowships and grants. If you would like to share … Continue reading

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On Fieldwork & Funding – Part One

Success in Grant Writing Series Editor’s Note: Welcome to the next installment of our Success in Grant Writing series, which will feature guest blog posts written by Rutgers graduate student winners of prestigious fellowships and grants. If you would like to share … Continue reading

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Dissertation Completion vs. Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities: Being Future-Oriented

If you’re in your final year of graduate study, you may be planning to apply for postdoctoral fellowships. This can be a particularly challenging application to manage, even if you’ve previously had success securing external funding. Here at GradFund Conversations, we’ve recently discussed how … Continue reading

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How to Revise and Resubmit an Unsuccessful Funding Application

It’s April, and you’ve just received that envelope or email you have been waiting months for. You skim it for the words “Congratulations!” or “Sorry.” You see the latter, written with less than 100 words alongside it. After working on your application for months, you’ve just received … Continue reading

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Pitch a Second Project: Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities

To be competitive for a postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities, you will need to describe your plans for a second project. Doctoral students who are still in the process of dissertation writing often find this to be a challenging task. … Continue reading

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