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: http://gradfund.rutgers.edu and our Sakai site: https://sakai.rutgers.edu/portal

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Learn More About Our Services

At GradFund, we offer the Rutgers graduate student community a large range of services from individual appointments to electronic resources and workshops. Our goal is to provide graduate students with the information, assistance and resources that they need, through a platform that is most helpful to them. Whether you are on campus or off, interested in individual assistance or group mentoring, we have a service or resource to help you with your funding applications.

We offer services to Rutgers graduate students at all stages of study and in all disciplines. We encourage Rutgers graduate students to visit our on-line resources early in their graduate careers and to plan to incorporate working with us into their course of study. Highlighted here are several of key resources we offer the graduate student community:

On-line Resources
We offer the Rutgers Graduate School communities a number of on-line resources these include:


GradFund Funder Database
Our on-line funder database, which is continually updated, includes several thousand fellowships and grants to support graduate students. Students can perform keyword searches for awards that are general in nature or are specific to a discipline or level of study. All graduate students—regardless of their discipline or level of graduate study—will find the database useful. Once a student has found an appropriate award(s), GradFund will then assist them as they prepare their application(s). If you learn about a fellowhip or grant from outside of our database, we can also assist you with applying.

Sakai Fellowship Guide (http://sakai.rutgers.edu)
The Sakai Fellowship Guide an on-line space where graduate students and their faculty mentors can access detailed information on applying for graduate student external grants and fellowships. The site includes information on major funders, links to relevant sites and proposal writing tools. To request access to the site, send an email to: gradfund at rci.rutgers.edu.

GradFund Wiki (http://gradfund.pbwiki.com/FrontPage)
GradFund Wiki is host to our institutional knowledge on grants and fellowships for graduate students. We have designed this site to give graduate students and their faculty mentors the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge about external grant and fellowship competitions. Members of this community will have an opportunity to contribute to our knowledge library and over time, this site should prove to be an invaluable resource for students who are in the process of working on their fellowship and grant applications. To request access to the site, send an email to: gradfund at rci.rutgers.edu.

GradFund Blog (http://rci.rutgers.edu/~gradfund/blog/)
Our Blog is dedicated to providing timely information to the Rutgers University Graduate Student community about external grant and fellowship opportunities.

Proposal Writing Tools
The proposal writing tools section of our Sakai Fellowship Guide hosts a number of items to facilitate the proposal writing process. Our tools include exercises to help students begin to write fellowship application essays and workbooks to help a student begin to begin to frame their project as a grant proposal.

Meetings with GradFund Staff

In addition to various group-based events, GradFund offers to graduate students three types of individualized appointments: a Planning Meeting, a Help-with-a-Funder Meeting, and a Proposal Review Meeting.

Planning Meeting
  • For this meeting, the graduate student provides us with a description of their research, a list of possible funder options from the database, and their c.v.
  • Our staff will discuss with the student their funding options, general application strategies, and the basic requirements for drafting a competitive grant or fellowship application.
  • The goal of this meeting is to help the student identify and prepare themselves to meet the necessary requirements for an application(s) well in advance of the deadline.
Help-with-a-Funder Meeting 

  • For this meeting, the graduate student provides us with a description of their research and the url for the award(s) they are interested in applying for.
  • Our staff will discuss with the student their research plans and how to write a competitive application.
  • The goal of the meeting is to help the student understand the mechanics of writing a compelling proposal for a highly selective competition and/or how to prepare for an application that contains complex procedural components (e.g., NIH or NSF awards).
Proposal Review Meeting 

  • During this meeting, our staff will review a proposal in detail with the graduate student and provide feedback on the proposal’s clarity, structure, adherence to the funder’s requirements and expectations, and overall effectiveness, as well as feedback on other application elements (e.g., budget). We help graduate students frame their research project to meet the funder’s guidelines and goals, consider their audience of reviewers, and eliminate jargon from their writing.
  • Because we do not critique the intellectual content of a student’s proposal, we will advise the student to direct all questions about a project’s discipline-specific content to faculty mentors.

Workshops
Throughout the year, the GradFund offers additional group-level activities to complement our individualized appointments, the workshops section of our site details our offerings. Faculty may also arrange to have Resource Center staff visit their graduate program, or a cluster of related graduate programs, to deliver a talk on applying for external funding.


Take some time today to explore our sites or to schedule an appointment to learn more about the world of external grants and fellowships.

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