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Office of Graduate Education


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 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.

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 (Library).

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 (Library).


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 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

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.