Category Archives: Nuts & Bolts

How to Write a 500-Word Application

Often funders will set low word count limits for essay within grant or fellowship applications. It eases the organization’s review process, but puts applicants in a bind. How do you sum up potentially years of complex field specific data into a clear and … 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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Get the Most out of the GradFund Knowledgebase (Throwback Thursday)

Series note:  The following post is part of the GradFund Throwback Thursday blog series.  From time to time, we will repost one of our most popular blog posts from years past. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and … Continue reading

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Best Practices in Grantsmanship: Working with Institutional Contacts

Best Practices in Grantsmanship Series note: Welcome to the second installment of Best Practices in Grantsmanship. In this series we will periodically post advice and suggestions that reflect best practices in grantsmanship. In the first installment, we introduced the key partnerships in … Continue reading

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Best Practices in Grantsmanship: Key Partnerships during the Application Process

Best Practices in Grantsmanship Series note: Welcome to the first installment of Best Practices in Grantsmanship. We will periodically post advice and suggestions that reflect best practices in grantsmanship. Applying for grants successfully rarely happened alone. While a researcher will … Continue reading

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Formatting: Style and Function

So… You wrote a great proposal. You’re feeling pretty good about it. Wait. What just happened? It turns out your margins were too narrow, causing it to fall out of the first round of screening. Those pesky formatting guidelines… Formatting … Continue reading

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Best Practice for Working with Recommendation Letter Writers

Letters of recommendations are a central piece of your application materials. Since they are usually confidential, you will not be able to know (or control) what recommenders say about you and your work. That being said, there are a few things … Continue reading

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Finding Your Opportunity: The GradFund Database

Hello Doctoral Fellowship Mentoring Program participants and GradFund Conversations readers! Today, I will be introducing you to a very useful tool that you can use to search for funding opportunities, the GradFund Database!

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The Quest to Find Funding: Navigating Pivot

Hello, Doctoral Funding Mentoring Program Participants and GradFund Conversation Readers! Today, I will be introducing you to a helpful online tool, the Pivot Database.   Rutgers subscribes to the service to allow students, faculty, and staff to find external funding opportunities. … Continue reading

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Where to Find Information on Grants and Fellowships as a Graduate Student

Grants and Fellowships represent the majority of funding opportunities for graduate students. Grants supply funding for thesis or dissertation research-related expenses, such as lab supplies, analytic services, or domestic or international travel to archives and field sites. They generally do not … Continue reading

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