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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.

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 HASS.

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.