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Office of Graduate Education


External Fellowships and Funding Opportunities

Whether you're just beginning to think about external funding, need help understanding and evaluating your options, or seek feedback on application drafts, the Office of Graduate Education is here to help.

Search for Opportunities

If you are just beginning your graduate career, review the opportunities listed here.

Next, familiarize yourself with the open funding databases maintained by other schools. University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Duke, Rutgers, University of Chicago, and Cornell are among the best. It's important to take the time to search multiple databases; you are guaranteed to find different opportunities in each one.

Use your Rensselaer email address to create a Researcher Profile on
GrantForward and get personalized funding recommendations delivered straight to your inbox. GrantForward contains graduate fellowships as well as faculty grants and other funding opportunities.

ProFellow is another great resource: set up a free account for access to their database and blog.

Summer 2017 Info Sessions and Workshops

Start Your Search

Intro to External Graduate Fellowships. Need external funding? Even if you don’t now, you may down the road. Grants and fellowships allow you to set your own research agenda; they also carry prestige and help develop your career. In this session we’ll cover the basics, including where to search for funding and what goes into a successful application. Join Alice Broussard, graduate fellowship advisor, to learn about opportunities for full fellowships with stipends, travel grants, opportunities for research abroad, and more. *External funding is not just for US citizens! We’ll discuss options for international students as well.

  • Thursday, June 22. 4 - 5 pm. Union 3606 (Shelnutt Gallery).

Communicating Science

How to Introduce Your Research to Anyone. Have you ever struggled to explain your research? Found yourself rambling on when your goal was to quickly inform and engage your audience? In this workshop you’ll learn how to introduce anyone to your research in just four sentences, then practice delivering this intro to a group. Get in-session feedback on both your message and delivery from peers and workshop leaders—Alice Broussard, Graduate Fellowship Advisor, and Colleen Smith, Dean of the Graduate Experience. Use these skills in conference talks and fellowship applications, with industry contacts, or anytime you need to communicate your work to a new audience. .

  • Thursday, July 13. 3 - 4:30 pm. Union 3606 (Shelnutt Gallery).

Request an Event

To schedule a visit to your department, lab, or class, contact Alice Broussard at brousa@rpi.edu.

Recommended Reading for STEM Fellowships

Alex Lang's NSF Fellowship website

  • Contains numerous examples of successful essays.

Think Like a Postdoc's Advice to Applicants of the NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Philip J. Guo's Advice for Science Fellowship Applications: NSF, NDSEG, Hertz

Science, Meet Productivity's How to Fail (and Sometimes Win) at Graduate Fellowships

Recommended Reading for HASS Fellowships

On the Art of Writing Proposals by Adam Przeworski and Frank Salomon

Writing Resources

Writing in the Sciences, a free, self-paced online course offered by Stanford University.

The Foolproof Research Proposal Template by Karen Kelsky, PhD


Questions? Email Alice Broussard at brousa@rpi.edu. To set up an appointment, you can email or book online.