Category Archives: Planning When to Apply

Planning for Travel Funding

Does your research require travel to a research site? There are a wide range of grants and fellowships that fund dissertation research at archives, ethnographic work, and scientific training abroad. As such, if your doctoral training will require travel at … Continue reading

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Using the Summer to Develop Competitive Fellowship and Grant Applications

Having finally thawed out from a long winter, it is hard to believe that summer is around the corner. Indeed, for many graduate students, the summer break presents an optimal moment to develop grant and fellowship applications. The majority of … Continue reading

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How to Choose the Best Awards for You

Do you know what fellowship or grants you will apply for this year and in the coming years? In this blog post we will look at how to choose what awards to apply for and when. If you are eligible … 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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Bird’s Eye View – A Timeline for Applying for Funding

Because research funding is cyclical, it’s good to be thinking in advance, often far in advance, about what your next funding move should be. This post is an overview of the funding process. Our blog has more in-depth discussions of … Continue reading

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Completion Fellowships: Understanding your Options

Completion fellowships provide doctoral students a year of financial support to finish writing their dissertation. These fellowships not only provide financial support for those whose funding packages may have run out by the time they start working on their dissertation, … Continue reading

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Time to Plan: The Spring Semester

The funding calendar of external grants and fellowships to support graduate study has a distinct rhythm that we at GradFund know well: Small grants, scholarships, and pre-dissertation research grants have a concentration of deadlines during the early spring semester, but … Continue reading

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What Will You Do When? The Art of Designing a Persuasive Timeline

Many fellowships and grants require either an informal or formal timeline to be included with your proposal. The best timelines are persuasive documents that give reviewers the sense that you have a good idea of how your research is going … Continue reading

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External Funding Tips for Early Graduate Study

The first month (or even year) of graduate school can be both exciting and overwhelming. Looking back, for me that time was a blur of new faces, new places, and new ideas, all rushing past at NJ Turnpike speeds. The … Continue reading

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Early Graduate Study Fellowships

Fall is upon us, campus is again flooded with students, and classes are already in full swing. To the new students in all programs, we at GradFund would like to say, “Welcome!” Especially for first- and second-year graduate students, we … Continue reading

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