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  • Fulbright Fellowships
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  • We can help you find funding opportunities that fit your goals.

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  • Our online tutorials will guide you through your application, start to finish.

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About GradFund


We assist Rutgers graduate students with identifying and applying for merit-based research grants and fellowships to support graduate study and research. We will help you navigate the world of funding and learn about the grant and fellowship opportunities available to you. Through a collaborative editing process, we will provide you with feedback and guidance as you develop your application materials. Our innovative peer-mentoring training program affords doctoral candidates the opportunity to work as fellowship advisors while learning peer-mentoring approaches and techniques.

Have a question about GradFund? Check out our FAQ or contact us.

Our Mission

GradFund’s mission is to assist graduate students throughout the process of applying for external fellowships and grants. The process of applying for funding, while challenging, can have a profound effect on the professionalization of graduate scholars. When students are successful in their applications, being awarded external funding confers both distinction and financial benefits, both of which can have a transformative impact on their graduate scholarship and future careers. Helping a student build their professional development toolkit and cultivate scholarly communication skills motivates GradFund's work.

Our Approach

We offer a holistic, peer-mentoring approach to fellowship advising designed to help students integrate the process of applying for merit-based, extramural funding into their graduate careers. Under the leadership of Assistant Dean Teresa M. Delcorso Ellmann, the fellowship advising team works with students individually and through our mentoring programs. Our fellowship advisors are doctoral candidates who have secured external funding. They have been competitively selected to train and work as peer mentors with an emphasis on how to effectively read and critique across disciplinary lines and share best practices in grantsmanship.

Our Services

Our wide range of services, tailored to the diverse needs of our graduate students, have enabled us to incorporate education about graduate funding and grantsmanship throughout the graduate careers of many students. We offer individual appointments for students who want to learn about their funding options, develop funding application plans, or discuss a fellowship or grant application. We also offer tailored presentations and award lists to New Brunswick graduate programs, as well as online tutorials, mentoring programs, and workshops.

Our Online Resources

Our website offers a robust - and constantly growing - set of resources designed to help students educate themselves about their options for applying for external funding, and to help them develop their grantsmanship and scholarly communication skills. Our online tutorials guide students through the development of an application from start to finish. Our knowledgebase contains deep intelligence about awards, funders, and best practices in grantsmanship, and the GradFund database allows graduate students to discover fellowships and grants that are right for them and their plans.

News and Events


Our newsletter is a great way to get information about fellowships and grants, upcoming funding application deadlines, new GradFund services, and important reminders. Subscribe today! You can also follow us on twitter to stay up to the minute on funding opportunity updates, news, and announcements.

Looking for Awards?

We have added a Grant and Fellowship Bulletin Board to our blog! Each Friday, we post grant and fellowship announcements that have arrived in the GradFund office. This is a great way to keep up to date on new competition announcements and upcoming deadlines.

Congratulations to our Winners!

Our graduate students have won many prestigious grants and fellowships in 2015, and we are proud to showcase their achievements. Visit our Success Stories page to see the list of winning students. Have you won an award and don't see yourself listed? Please let us know.

Our Fellowship Advisors are Blogging!

There is a wealth of articles on our blog about fellowship and grant application tips and techniques. Drop by the blog to learn from the fellowship advising team.

Our Knowledgebase


Our Knowledgebase has everything you need to help you understand the world of graduate level extramural funding. From helping you to plan your applications and find funders to grantsmanship skills and online tutorials, we've got it all.

Search

Search our database for fellowships and grants that match your plans and program of study.

Learn

Join a mentoring program and read our knowledgebase articles to gain valuable techniques and insights into the fellowship and grant application process.

Plan

Use our resources to plan your fellowship and grant applications, whatever your stage of study.

Meet

Schedule an individual meeting or a presentation to your graduate program.

Write

Our tutorials will guide you through the writing process from learning about your funder to final revisions.

Apply

Explore the application process for institutionally endorsed awards including the Fulbrights, DAAD, HHMI and PEO.

Find Funding.


Our database contains over 3800 awards from nearly 1900 funders. We go beyond listing awards to provide you with valuable intelligence and advice about these fellowships and grants. We are constantly working to update and expand our database, so check back frequently. New updates are uploaded every Friday.

How would you like to begin your search? You'll be able to refine your results, and save awards to your Award List on the next page.

Type of Funding ? Research Interest ? Funder or Award ?

Select the activity for which you are looking for funding

Keyword Search:

Which funder or award would you like to view?

Click here to use our advanced search.

Fulbright Awards.


Fulbright programs allow graduate students to pursue a program of research and study in a foreign country for up to a year.

For more information about the Fulbright Programs, including eligibility, deadlines, application procedures, and how Gradfund can help you, click here.

Congratulations to our Award-Winning Graduate Students!


We are proud of Rutgers' graduate students' long tradition of success in external fellowship and grant competitions. On this page you'll find a list of recent wins, profiles of students currently supported by Fulbright fellowships, a historical list of awards won by New Brunswick-based students and a compilation of graduate student success stories. If you have won a fellowship or grant but have not been listed on the website, please let us know!

Read more about award-winning graduate students!