External Fellowships and Funding Opportunities
Welcome to the new site for external graduate fellowships
and funding! Whether you're just beginning to think about
external funding, need help understanding
and evaluating your options, or seek feedback on an
application draft, the Office
of Graduate Education is here to help.
This website will continue to evolve throughout the 2016-17
year. Please check back soon for additional event registration
links, fellowship application resources, featured funding
opportunities, and more.
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
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.
Spring 2017 Info Sessions and Workshops
Start Your Search
External Funding 101. Need external
funding? Even if you don’t now, you will 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. Learn
about opportunities from full fellowships with stipends to
travel grants to opportunities for research abroad. Start
mapping out your graduate funding plan today. Successful
applicants start early!
- Thursday, February 9. 12 - 1 pm. Fischbach Room
Fellowship Advising (Workshop for Faculty)
Advising for Graduate Fellowships.
Fellowships are more than money for grad school—the application
process itself is an important component of professional
development, and faculty play an important role in preparing
undergrads and grads for these opportunities. Join Alice
Broussard, graduate fellowship advisor in OGE, to discuss major
fellowships and where to search for other opportunities,
on-campus resources, and how you can help students submit the
strongest possible applications.
- Wednesday, March 8. 12 - 1 pm. Fischbach Room
Fulbright Q&A with Award Winners.
Interested in spending a year abroad conducting research? Hear
a brief overview of the program and connect with tools to learn
more. Gain insight and application tips from two RPI Fulbright
winners and start planning your application today. Learn more
about Fulbright here.
- Tuesday, April 18. 12 - 1 pm. Union 3606.
Request an Event
To schedule a visit to your department, lab, or class,
contact Alice Broussard at email@example.com.
Recommended Reading for STEM Fellowships
Alex Lang's NSF
- Contains numerous examples of successful essays.
Think Like a Postdoc's Advice
to Applicants of the NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program
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
The Foolproof Research Proposal Template by Karen Kelsky,
Questions? Email Alice Broussard at firstname.lastname@example.org. To set
up an appointment, you can email or book