Category Archives: Nuts & Bolts

Advice for Faculty Mentoring Working with their Graduate Student on Extramural Grant and Fellowship Applications

As a faculty mentor, you play a crucial role in the development of your student as a scholar and in writing a successful fellowship or grant application. Our graduate students have a much greater chance of success with their applications … Continue reading

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Take a Minute to Review Formatting Guidelines

In the summer calm before the major funding deadline season this fall, graduate students everywhere are making decisions on what applications they should write and beginning to outline and draft essays. One seemingly minor component of these essays is the … Continue reading

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How to Search for Funding Effectively

One of the most common questions that fellowship advisors hear from students is “What can I apply for?” Even with the web resources available for searching, it can sometimes be challenging to find awards that are a great fit with … Continue reading

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Fulbright Application Process Series: What Goes into a Completed Application

Welcome to the first installment in an occasional series on applying for Fulbright support as a graduate student.  As the Assistant Dean for Graduate Student External Support in the Graduate School-New Brunswick (GSNB), I am the GSNB’s advisor for the Fulbright … Continue reading

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Preparing for your GradFund Meeting

At Gradfund, all members of the Rutgers University graduate student community are invited to schedule a meeting to discuss funding options and have application drafts reviewed.  To get the most out of your meeting with GradFund, please see the tips … Continue reading

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NSF GRFP Application Procedures

Graduate students who are applying for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program should apply directly to the NSF through FastLane.  There is no need to process your application through ORSP, and an institutional endorsement is not necessary at … Continue reading

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Understanding the Review Process

What happens to your application after you press “submit?” Does it disappear into a black box that processes your materials according to some complex algorithm and spits out a list of winners automatically after a predetermined waiting period? Does it … Continue reading

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Managing Your Federally Funded Fellowship and Grant Applications during the Government Shutdown

We are now in day three of the federal government shutdown and there is no sign of resolution.  While the shutdown means that you are unable to access the websites of most federally funded fellowship and grant competition and the … Continue reading

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The Potential Federal Government Shutdown and Your Funding Applications: What to Do?

As we move closer to October 1st and the looming federal government shut down, you are probably wondering how this will affect you on an individual level.  Take a moment now to begin to understand how a shut down may … Continue reading

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Engaging with Program Officers

When we held the GradFund Fall Conference in September, one of the most popular panels featured program officers from a variety of foundations who shared advice and insights from the program officer’s perspective. The most agreed upon advice? Contact the … Continue reading

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