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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Apply to be a Fellowship Advisor

We are currently accepting applications for anticipated openings in our Fellowship Advising staff.

The Fellowship Advisor will have the following four key areas of responsibility:

  1. Assist with confidential proposal review and critique of graduate student external funding applications
  2. Assist with writing content for the Resource Center’s website ( and Sakai site (
  3. Assist with outreach to graduate programs and students
  4. Contribute to our on-line Funder Database by reviewing, cleaning, researching and entering new data.

We may have the following Fellowship Advisor openings:

1. A calendar year Graduate Assistant (GA) appointment that begins July 1, 2010 and ends June 30, 2011 (ABD applicants only)
2. An academic year Graduate Assistant (GA) appointment that begins September 1, 2010 and ends June 30, 2011 (ABD applicants only)
3. An hourly part time position that begins May 1, 2010. The applicant must be available to work during the summer as staff for our Summer Mentoring Programs (ABD or recent PhD applicants)


The applicant must be a Rutgers University ABD doctoral candidate or recent PhD who has secured external grants or fellowships as a graduate student or has received an alternate/Honorable Mention status for a graduate student competition.

The applicant should have an understanding of the external graduate fellowship and grant application process based on a track record of securing external grants and fellowships and should be comfortable with the application process. A Fellowship Advisor is expected to be able to confidentially provide review and critique of graduate student grant and fellowship applications from a variety of disciplines while offering advice and insights into the application process as well as sound proposal writing advice. The applicant should be able to demonstrate their ability to comfortably work across a number of subject areas in the humanities, social sciences, sciences and engineering in a deadline driven environment.

The applicant should have strong computer skills including the ability to work with web-based forms, to conduct internet research and to work with a pc-based design/publishing program. Careful attention to detail is a must.

The applicant should have strong writing skills and the ability to communicate ideas to a general audience.

The applicant must be available to work 2 full days a week.
To apply:

Email Assistant Dean Teresa Delcorso ( the following as attachments with “Fellowship Advisor Application” in the subject line, by March 12, 2010:

1. A letter of interest, explaining your qualifications a Fellowship Advisor position. In a brief narrative, summarize your computer skills and respond to the following questions:
• What is your experience applying for external funding? How would you imagine using these experiences as a Fellowship Advisor?
• What are your teaching and mentoring experiences and how do you see utilizing these experiences and skills in this position?
• Would you like to be considered a GA position (which one), the hourly position or both?
• What is your dissertation research (limit response to one paragraph, written for the non-specialist)
• If you are ABD: What aspect of your dissertation are you currently working on (research, writing, or both) and when do you plan to finish your dissertation? What is the dissertation work that you plan to complete during the 2010-2011 academic year?
• If you are a recent PhD: What other projects are you currently committed to working on?
• What experience do you have in doing interdisciplinary work? How does this or any other related experience give evidence of your ability to work and provide mentorship across disciplines?
• In which disciplinary fields do you feel most comfortable working and providing feedback?
• Do you currently have or anticipate support for the 2010-2011 academic year? If yes, please explain what your support is (grant, fellowship, TA/GA, other job) and the time commitment involved.
• Do you currently have fellowship applications pending (internal or external) and if yes, what are they?

2. CV

3. Copy of a successful/alternate/honorable mention grant or fellowship proposal that you have written as a graduate student for a graduate student focused grant or fellowship competition.

4. Unofficial graduate transcripts.

5. The names and contact information for 2 references

Evaluation of applications will begin March 12, 2010. 

Please contact Assistant Dean Teresa Delcorso at delcorso at or 932-2705 if you have any questions.

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