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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Spring 2010 Proposal Writing Workgroup

GradFund, the Resource Center for Graduate Student External Support

Spring 2010 Proposal Writing Workgroup


  • Are you planning to apply for external funding during fall 2010?
  • Are you unsure how to write a funding proposal?


Gradfund’s Proposal Writing Workgroup will help you with the proposal writing process!


General Interest Meeting: Dec. 4, 2009 @ noon, 25 Bishop Place, CAC


What is it?

The Gradfund Proposal Writing Workgroup offers a supportive interdisciplinary environment for doctoral students with a defined dissertation topic to meet periodically to discuss the mechanics of applying for external funding, strategies for putting together a competitive application, and the opportunity to draft proposals and receive peer review in a collegial environment.

What will I get out of it?

The goal of the workgroup is the help graduate students prepare their funding proposals well in advance of the Fall 2010 deadline season. We also seek to create a proposal writing community in which the workgroup participants may continue to engage independently over the summer and into the fall semester.

What’s the time commitment?

Workgroup participants should be prepared to complete preparatory work and to attend the scheduled workgroup meetings. The workgroup will meet twice a month from January to May of 2010. Each group meeting will run approximately 3 hours, and will require approximately 1-2 hours of preparatory work. The meeting schedule will be determined after the initial general interest meeting to be held on Friday, December 4 at 12:00 noon at 25 Bishop Place, CAC


How many students will be in the workgroup?

The workgroup will be limited to 10 students in order to provide each individual with detailed and constructive feedback on proposal drafts in a supportive environment.

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in joining the GradFund Proposal Writing Workgroup, please email Assistant Dean Teresa Delcorso at gradfund at rci.rutgers.edu. Place “GradFund Proposal Writing Workgroup” in the subject line of your email. In the body of your email, please indicate your interest in joining the workgroup in addition to your graduate program, year in program, the funder to which you would like to apply, and if you will be able to attend the general interest meeting to be held on December 4, 2009. Attendance at the December 4 meeting is not required but strongly advised.

Workgroup discussion topics and activities will include:

  • Getting ready to apply for funding
  • Examining how to integrate funding into your graduate career
  • Understanding the proposal writing genre
  • Finding funding options and strategies for success
  • Preparing an application, writing a proposal, personal statement, and budget
  • Becoming familiar with the proposal review process
  • Drafting and revising proposals
  • Reviewing and critiquing proposals
  • Analyzing and discussing examples of successful proposals


To register or for more information, email: gradfund at rci.rutgers.edu

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Graduate Student Drop-In Hours Nov. 11 and Dec. 9

Graduate Student Drop-In Hours Nov. 11 and Dec. 9
  • Do you have questions about external fellowships and grants?
  • Do you want to learn more about how GradFund can help you with your funding applications?
  • Do you want to know more about our services and resources?
  • Do you want to know which grants and fellowship you can apply for to support your graduate work?

Plan to stop by during our Drop-In Hours to learn more and get answers to your questions.

We will hold Graduate Student Drop-In Hours on November 11 and December 9 from 1pm to 3pm in our offices at 25 Bishop Place, CAC.

Graduate students are welcome to stop by during the Drop-In Hours to briefly discuss external funding. Student meetings will take place on a first-come, first-served basis. Meeting will last 10-15 minutes

Students interested in scheduling a more in depth meeting should email gradfund at rci.rutgers.edu and place “meeting request” in the subject line.

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