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
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.
Fall 2017 Info Sessions and Workshops
Start Your Search
Intro to External Funding. 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.
This session will be offered twice in Fall 2017:
- Wednesday, September 6. 12 - 1 pm. Union 3202. Register.
- Monday, October 2. 12 - 1 pm. Union 3202. Register.
Targeted Funding Workshops
NSF GRFP, NDSEG, and SMART workshops are offered within the
Schools of Engineering and Science.
A Grant Basics workshop is offered within the School of
Request an Event
To schedule a visit to your department, lab, or class,
contact Alice Broussard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Writing in the Sciences, a free, self-paced online course
offered by Stanford University.
The Foolproof Research Proposal Template by Karen Kelsky,
Questions? Email Alice Broussard at email@example.com. To set
up an appointment, you can email or book