GradFund Blog

Our Blog is dedicated to providing timely information to the Rutgers University Graduate Student community about external grant and fellowship opportunities. For additional information visit our main website: and our Sakai site:

Friday, January 15, 2010


Welcome to our blog! We are starting the New Year with a new look and focus for the GradFund Blog. In my posts I will share with you information on our services and activities along with advice and thoughts on applying for merit-based research grants and fellowships as a graduate student. GradFund, the Resource Center for Graduate Student External Support is a service of the Graduate School-New Brunswick Dean’s office and is dedicated to supporting scholarly excellence and professionalization for Rutgers University graduate students.

Since our founding in 2000 we have helped hundreds of our graduate students apply for and secure nationally competitive fellowships and grants to support their masters and doctoral work.

We encourage all graduate students to apply for external funding and to learn how to integrate the process of applying for funding into their academic careers.

Students who apply for external funding are engaged in an essential professionalization practice as they develop into leading scholars in their fields. For the students who are successful, their achievements bring distinction to their work and the university and provide them with the resources needed to conduct cutting edge and innovative research that advances their discipline. All students who apply for fellowships and grants, regardless of the outcome, have learned an essential skill that they will use throughout their careers. The process of applying for funding has also helped them to move forward on their dissertation by accelerating their research and writing, fine-tuning questions, solving challenging issues, and developing a plan for more timely completion of their degree.

We offer a number of on-line resources as well as in-person services to help Rutgers graduate students with their application endeavors. I invite you to utilize our services and resources throughout your time at Rutgers. You can learn more about our services by visiting In the coming weeks, I will post more about our services and how to best utilize them.

Whether you are just starting your graduate studies, preparing to start your dissertation research or in the final stages of study, I encourage you to take some time to explore our website and to begin to work on a funding application. I am sure you will find it to be a challenging and yet rewarding experience. Best of luck in your endeavors!

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