Securing external funding as a graduate student can have a transformative impact on your scholarly career. By applying for funding, you will learn how to present your motivation for graduate study and your research project in an effective and compelling way by honing the essential skill of proposal writing which you will use through out your career whether it is in academia, industry, the non-profit sector, medicine, or the arts. Most importantly, your work will be evaluated through a peer review process, and if your application is successful, the awarding of a competitive grant or fellowship can have a tremendous impact on your graduate work.

GradFund encourages all doctoral students to apply for grants and fellowships during their time at Rutgers. If you are pursuing a master's degree or professional, terminal degree, they can help you find fellowships and scholarships to support your advanced study.

They offer Individual Meetings in which a Fellowship Advisor will help you plan for current and future applications, understand the goals and requirements of funding programs, and write your best research proposal and other essays for a specific funder. Their Workshops and Programs provide similar guidance in different settings and formats and over varying time periods.

Plan to use their services throughout your graduate study here at Rutgers and be sure to take advantage of the tools and resources posted on GradFund Central, the GradFund Virtual Office on Sakai and to follow their blog, GradFund Conversations.

Graduate School-New Brunswick: Awards and Opportunities

The Graduate School–New Brunswick (GSNB) provides or administers a series of special fellowships and other funding and award opportunities. Unless otherwise indicated, individual fellows are selected by the school, which bases its decisions on the principles of merit as well as fair and reasonable distribution among the relevant units. The dean of GSNB will be advised of the allocation of funding opportunities by the Executive Council of the New Brunswick Graduate Faculty. Announcements will be mailed out with information on application procedures and deadlines. Students do not apply directly for these fellowships; they are nominated by graduate program directors.

Diversity Fellowships

Several fellowships intended to enhance diversity in graduate education in New Brunswick and/or Rutgers University are administered through the GSNB:

  • Graduate School Diversity Fellowships (formerly MAP): Stipends and tuition available for Ph.D. students. Stipends are currently set at $21,000.
  • Trustees Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Stipends and tuition for five doctoral students and two master's students universitywide.
  • Robeson Fellowship: Stipend (half provided by an endowment, half by the GSNB) for one African-American doctoral student.
  • Ralph Bunche Fellowships: Stipends for 16 students (one- or two-year awards); master's and professional-degree students are eligible. Candidates are presented to the GSNB by the relevant degree-granting units.

Other Fellowships

  • University/Bevier Fellowships (PDF): Stipends and partial tuition for eight New Brunswick dissertation-stage students, selected by an appointed committee of New Brunswick Graduate Faculty members, and one stipend for a GSNB entering student who had received a baccalaureate degree from Rutgers. Dissertation-stage Bevier fellowships are intended for two purposes: to support students whose funding from other sources will not continue and to support students who would otherwise have to serve as teaching assistants and would thus be unable to concentrate fully on completing their dissertations. Graduate students registered in the Graduate School-New Brunswick (School 16) are eligible for nomination or competition.
  • Hazel Vera Dean Fellowships: Fellowships for GSNB doctoral students who are New Jersey residents.

Matching Tuitions

The GSNB also provides tuition awards to match competitive, prestigious fellowships won by individual graduate students in all GSNB programs. In most instances, the GSNB also provides health insurance to such students.

Other Funding Opportunities for Supporting students

The GSNB has extremely limited funds to support graduate students' research and travel expenses. Only graduate students registered in the Graduate School-New Brunswick (School 16) are eligible for nomination or competition.

  • Dean's Research Awards
  • Conferences: Three rounds of competition are held annually: July 1, November 1, and March 1. Students must complete the Conference Travel Support form, and submit it to their program directors before unit deadlines that precede ours. Each program director will rank the submissions and present them to the associate dean for academic affairs.
  • Resources for special study and predissertation travel funds: For preliminary work and to attend special courses or summer programs away from campus, in areas of specialization unavailable at Rutgers.

Teaching and Research Awards

Each spring, the GSNB honors faculty members and graduate students for outstanding contributions to teaching and research. Faculty committees select two faculty members to receive awards for graduate teaching, two graduate students to receive awards for undergraduate teaching, and up to six graduate students to be recognized for outstanding dissertation research. In addition, two awards are made for staff excellence. Award certificates are presented at a reception in late April hosted by the dean of the GSNB. Graduate students registered in the Graduate School-New Brunswick (School 16) are eligible for nomination or competition.

Distinguished Alumni/ae Awards

Each fall, nominations are solicited for awards to distinguished alumni/ae. The deadline is October 1. One award is made in each of the four general areas of study and additional awards are made for early career and for lifetime achievement. Awards are presented at a dinner on the first Friday of March.

Institute for Research on Women: Seminar Fellowships

At the forefront of feminist research for over thirty years, the Institute for Research on Women (IRW) advances interdisciplinary scholarship on gender, sexuality and women. Part of the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, the IRW was founded in 1977 by faculty and administrators seeking to expand feminist scholarship and activism beyond the university’s fledgling Women’s Studies program. Today, the IRW supports a broad range of programming designed to stimulate research and activism on gender, sexuality and women within and across the disciplines, throughout and beyond Rutgers. Promoting faculty and student connections and building intellectual community are also central to the IRW’s mission.

Since 1997, the IRW has convened a year-long seminar which brings together faculty and advanced graduate students from a broad range of disciplines and from all three Rutgers campuses (New Brunswick, Newark and Camden). The seminar revolves around an annual theme that is also shared by our distinguished lecture series and undergraduate learning community.

Center for Cultural Analysis: Seminar Fellowships

The Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, founded in 1986 by Rutgers Professor of English George Levine, changed its name in 2005 to the Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA). In making this change, it announced that it has greatly enlarged the scope of its work and its role in the life of the Rutgers campus and beyond.

The CCA will continue to connect the local Rutgers community with international intellectual debates by exploring rich themes such as “The Everyday and the Ordinary,” “Literature and New Media ,” and “New Cosmopolitanisms.” It will pursue a broad mission to address problems that lie across the traditional disciplines of the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences, but the new Center will host a greater range of programs and seminars than it has in the past. Organized around a core of year-long CCA fellows studying selected themes, these events will be open to all Rutgers faculty and students. They will include working groups for faculty, public events connected to ongoing projects on different interdisciplinary topics, graduate seminars related to the Center’s themes, and undergraduate seminars.

Fellowships at the CCA are designed to be held by Rutgers faculty and graduate students, as well as by postdoctoral scholars from outside the university. Graduate fellows enjoy a year-long dissertation residency at the CCA, supported by a stipend. Faculty fellowships come in two forms: working group fellows and CCA graduate teaching fellows. The former run year-long working groups for Rutgers faculty and graduate students on themes they propose to the Center. The latter conduct graduate seminars relating to one of the Center’s projects. Working groups and classes will be held in the “smart” seminar room at the CCA, which is equipped for multimedia presentations.

Postdoctoral fellows pursue individual research projects relating to a CCA theme, as well as participate in working groups and seminars. Each postdoctoral fellow will teach an advanced undergraduate course during his or her year at Rutgers.


Center for Historical Analysis: Seminar Fellowships

The Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis (RCHA), an interdisciplinary research center of Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, is an affiliate of the Rutgers, New Brunswick, History Department.

Founded in 1988, the RCHA provides a setting to discuss issues of broad contemporary relevance in historical perspective. Organizing its annual activities around major research projects, the Center each year welcomes several visiting senior and postdoctoral fellows chosen through an open, international competition, along with about ten faculty and graduate fellows from within Rutgers University.

Since its inception, the Center has hosted an international body of scholars drawn from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, economics, philosophy, literature, political science, and women's studies, in addition to history and art history. The Center joins the scholarly concerns of an advanced research institute with outreach programs in teaching and service appropriate for a public institution.

The RCHA invites applications for faculty and graduate fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year. Up to five faculty and five graduate fellowships are available. Faculty and graduate fellows are expected to attend the Center’s weekly Tuesday seminars (11 AM- 1 PM) and its occasional lectures and/or conferences. Faculty Fellows are also expected to give a presentation at a Tuesday seminar during the period of their fellowship.

Eagleton Institute of Politics: Eagleton Fellowships in Politics and Government

The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University offers interdisciplinary fellowships that provide select Rutgers graduate students the opportunity to further their understanding of government, public affairs, and the practice of politics, and connect the fellowship experience to their chosen fields of study. Eagleton fellowships provide varying stipends; some offer tuition remission.

Eagleton fellows work toward their graduate degrees without interruption; the one-year fellowships are designed to complement academic study. In recent years, fellows have come from diverse departments and schools on all New Brunswick, Newark and Camden campuses, representing more than a dozen departments in the social sciences, humanities and natural sciences and nine different graduate and professional schools reflecting a wide variety of interests and perspectives.

During the fall, Fellows enroll in a weekly, three-credit seminar in applied politics. The seminar is designed to help prepare Fellows for the spring semester when they are placed with an office in the New Jersey legislature, the Governor’s Office, an executive agency, or other government-related office for at least 15 hours a week. In the spring, Fellows also register for three credits of independent study to work with faculty members in their schools or disciplines, making the connection between their field of academic study and hands-on practical experience in government and politics.

Throughout the year, Eagleton gives students direct access to practitioners in state and national politics and government. These contacts serve to bridge the gap between the academic training of a graduate student and the everyday challenges of a life in politics and public affairs.

Graduate fellowships at the Eagleton Institute of Politics have been offered since 1956. Many of the program’s more than 1,600 education program alumni maintain strong contacts with the Institute, assisting in professional development and placement and providing an informal support system for new classes of fellows.



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