This portal is for the submission of grant and fellowship application for the SGS Office Campus Dissertation Development Awards, the Bevier Fellowship and external fellowship competitions managed by the SGS Office of Fellowships and Awards.  


 

SGS Conference Travel Fund

The SGS Conference Travel Fund is designed to support graduate student travel to an important conference in their field of study to present a paper or poster. Doctoral students may apply for up to $1,000.00 to support their participation in a conference important to their field of study. 

Participating graduate programs are provided with a block grant to allocate funds to support graduate student conference travel. 

The application process is a multi-step process as follows:

1.  Students submit a funding request to their graduate program via the SGS Submittable platform

2.  Graduate programs review, rate and allocate funds from their block grant

3.  The School of Graduate Studies reviews the allocation and processes the payment for the student through student accounting.

4.  After the funds are awarded, students will be sent a post-award report to complete in order to document how the funds were expended. 

Program Timeline The application portal will open on October 22, 2019 and the review site for graduate programs will open on November 1, 2019

Graduate programs set their own internal deadlines for submissions or accept applications on a rolling basis.  

The SGS Business Office will process approved awards on the following dates in 2019-2020:

December 4, 2019

March 3, 2020 

May 5, 2020

Applications that have been submitted by the student and reviewed and approved by their graduate program for funding will be processed and paid by the SGS Business Office based on the schedule above.

Application Review Criteria The purpose of this award is to provide support to students so they may present at a conference important to their area of research.Applications will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the proposed conference to the student’s dissertation research;
  • Relevance of the proposed conference to contribute substantially to the development of the dissertation;
  • Status of conference participation;
  • Availability of other funds to support conference attendance and evidence of applying for external funding

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SGS Off Campus Dissertation Development Award

SGS Off-Campus Dissertation Development Awards are intended for SGS doctoral students at the beginning of their doctoral research who would materially benefit from off-campus field-specific research opportunities. It is also designed to connect graduate students with our GradFund office, providing seed funding that will help our students secure additional grants and fellowships from external funders.  The Off-Campus Dissertation Development Award provides support to students who need to:  

  • visit a special archive or collection for preliminary research
  • explore an important, off-campus research site
  • participate in highly specialized workshops or summer programs in advanced methods
  • enroll in rare language courses not offered at Rutgers
  • conduct preliminary qualitative interviews or develop pilot studies

Doctoral students may apply for up to $3000 to support their off-campus dissertation activity.   


Program Timeline  

Competition Opens:  October 22, 2019  

Student Deadline:  December 17, 2019  

Graduate Program Deadline to return reviews and comments:  January 31, 2020  

Applicants and Programs notified of decisions:  March 3, 2020  


Application Components

An application consists of the following components:

  • A completed application form (online application on Submittable)
  • A budget and budget justification
  • A CV
  • A project proposal


Application Review Criteria The purpose of this award is to provide seed money to support graduate students in the early stages of their dissertation project development. Your two-page statement should clearly describe your project, the purpose of the off campus activity, why you need to engage in this off campus activity and your goals for the project.  Your application will be reviewed by your graduate program and an SGS multi-disciplinary committee.  The reviewers respond to the following review criteria:

  • Overall relevance of the proposed off-campus project to the student’s dissertation research;
  • Relevance of off-campus project to make a substantial contribution to the development of the dissertation;
  • Timeliness of proposed project in relationship to larger dissertation;
  • Candidate's overall academic record;
  • Candidate's preparation to undertake the proposed project;
  • Availability of other funds to support the project and evidence of applying for external funding*;
  • Potential for funding of the project with SGS funds to help strengthen an external fellowship or grant application;
  • Previous support through the SGS Off Campus Dissertation Development Award Program**.

*A scoring preference will be given to students who demonstrate evidence of applying for external funding to support their project and to students who can demonstrate that external resources do not exist to support their project.

**A scoring preference will be given to student who have not yet received funding through the SGS Off Campus Dissertation Development Award Program.

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Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Nomination


The Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann created a perpetual charitable trust designated as “The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund” for the purpose of funding advanced education and graduate study grants, which must be carried out entirely in the United States of America.  The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships are to be awarded only to candidates who have outstanding undergraduate records, have demonstrated a need for financial assistance, are citizens of the United States of America, are enrolled in accredited colleges and universities in the United States and have received baccalaureate degrees.

Mrs. Liebmann was the daughter of a prominent Armenian intellectual, writer and statesman and was married to one of the owners of a successful American business.  She supported students and educational and charitable organizations during her lifetime.  Mrs. Liebmann’s primary concern, as expressed in her Will, was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.  The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.

The amount of each Fellowship will cover the cost of tuition only (no fees) and a stipend to be allocated towards room, board, living expenses and income taxes.  The Trustee has set the stipend at $18,000 for this year. 


CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

1.  Fellowships are available to students who are currently enrolled in and pursuing a graduate degree at a designated institution of higher learning located in the United States of America.  Undergraduate students are no longer qualified candidates.  

2.  The program of study being pursued by the candidate may include any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).  The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors.

3.  The candidate must have received a baccalaureate degree at the time of application and have an outstanding undergraduate record.  

4.  The candidate must demonstrate a need for financial assistance.  

5.  The candidate must be a citizen of the United States of America.

6.  The candidate may be of any national descent or background.  

FELLOWSHIP DETAILS

1.  The amount of each Fellowship will cover actual tuition costs plus an $18,000 annual stipend to be allocated towards room, board and ordinary living expenses, as well as any income taxes thereon. 

2.  The recipient of a Fellowship shall be known as a Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellow. 

3.  Fellowships are awarded annually.  Each Fellow MUST APPLY FOR A RENEWAL of his or her fellowship by March 30 of the following year in accordance with the terms in effect at the time the fellowship is awarded.  (No reminder will be sent.)  Fellowships will be limited to a maximum of three years.

4.  Awarded fellowships may not be deferred.  

5.  A Fellowship may be canceled at any time if a Fellow engages in misconduct affecting the Fund, breaches any of these rules or provides false information to the Fund either directly or indirectly. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications for nomination must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies by December 10, 2019.  Three applicants will be selected as candidates for consideration.  

In order to be considered for nomination, a completed application form and all required supplemental documentation must be submitted through the Submittable platform by December 10, 2019.  The application form for the nomination is available here, on the GradFund Resources Sharepoint.  If you are unable to access the sharepoint, please email fellowship_advisor@gradfund.rutgers.edu for assistance.


Required Supplemental Documentation  

1.  One copy of your personal vitae or résumé.

2.  One certified copy of each undergraduate and graduate transcript to date.

3.  One copy of your graduate exam test scores. 

4.  A Statement of Purpose up to three pages long (double spaced) which considers the relationship between your graduate level study and your intended personal and/or professional goals.  Your Statement of Purpose must include a 10-15 line abstract at the top (included in the three pages) that explains, in LAYMAN’S terms, the essence of your proposed topic of study or dissertation, the methodology of its treatment and its anticipated impact on your field of study.

5.  Letter of Recommendation from Dean of Graduate School or Department Chair.  (Optional)

6.  Letters of Recommendation from at least two professors who have taught or worked closely with you. (Required)

7.  One copy of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

8.  One copy of your Financial Aid Summary from your school.

9.  One copy of your Federal Income Tax Return for the prior two years (including spouse’s returns, if applicable).

Application Process

The application process is handled entirely by your graduate school.  For more information on applying, please contact the office at your graduate school where you obtained this application.  Do not contact JPMorgan or members of the selection committee.

Fellowship Conditions 

  1. Fellowships are available to students who are enrolled in a graduate program and pursuing a graduate degree at a designated institution of higher learning at the time of application.  Individuals applying to graduate programs are no longer qualified candidates.  The list of designated institutions can be reviewed on-line at http://foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/liebmann/.
  2. An applicant may be pursuing a program of study that includes any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).  The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors.
  3. An applicant must have an outstanding undergraduate record.  
  4. An applicant must demonstrate financial need.  
  5. An applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America.
  6. The amount of each Fellowship will cover actual tuition costs plus an $18,000 annual stipend to be allocated towards room, board and ordinary living expenses, as well as any income taxes thereon. 
  7. The recipient of a Fellowship shall be known as a Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellow. 
  8. A Fellowship is awarded on an annual basis.  Each Fellow must apply for renewal of his or her Fellowship by March 30 of the following yearin accordance with the terms in effect at the time the fellowship is awarded.  Fellowships are limited to a maximum of three years. 
  9. An awarded Fellowship may not be deferred.  
  10. A Fellow must remain enrolled in a graduate program and pursuing a graduate degree at a designated institution.
  11. A Fellow must conduct studies in the United States of America.
  12. A Fellowship may be canceled at any time if a Fellow engages in misconduct affecting the Fund, breaches any of these rules or provides false information to the Fund either directly or indirectly. 
  13. A Fellow agrees to have his or her name published and identified as a Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellow.

The qualifications and selection of candidates to receive the benefits of the Fellowship, the selection or approval of the programs of study to be pursued and the places or the institutions where such studies are pursued, and the meaning, interpretation and application of the provisions of the Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann establishing the Fellowship, shall be determined in the sole judgment and discretion of the Trustee, based upon the advice and counsel of a Selection Committee.

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GradFund External Funding Application Report

Let us know when you’ve started your application, or when you’ve won. SGS students may be eligible for additional resources from the School of Graduate Studies. Plus, we want to help you develop a competitive application and ultimately, celebrate your success!

In your report, please tell us whether you plan to apply for a specific award, if you have an application in development, have submitted it or have results. You may report one award per form and you should plan to initiate a form for each award that you plan to apply for, each cycle that you apply for external funding.  As you move through the application process, be sure to return and provide an update.


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