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.
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
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
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