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Program Purpose:  The School of Graduate Studies University & Louis Bevier Dissertation Completion Fellowship is designed to provide support during a doctoral candidate’s final year of dissertation work. The award is intended to support completion and recognize excellence. SGS will award 15 University and Louis Bevier Dissertation Completion Fellowships for the 2022-2023 academic year. All SGS doctoral students (School 16) are eligible to apply.
These awards provide:

  • Stipend of $25,000
  • Health insurance (if needed)
  • Tuition remission for up to 2 research credits per semester (no more than 4 total for the academic year)

Eligibility: SGS doctoral students (School 16) who plan to complete their degree requirements and graduate by May 2023. Fellows may not hold other full-time awards concurrently with University and Louis Bevier Fellowships. As such, preference will be given to students who can demonstrate that they do not have promised funding for the 2022-2023 academic year or for students who can demonstrate that by foregoing a teaching assistantship, the fellowship will allow them to concentrate fully on completing their dissertations.

Program Timeline
Competition Opens:  February 4, 2022

Student Deadline:  March 4, 2022

Faculty Letter Deadline:  March 7, 2022

Graduate Program Deadline to return reviews and comments:  March 25, 2022

Applicants and Programs notified of decisions:  April 15, 2022

Evaluation Criteria: Demonstrated excellence of the candidate, including (but not limited to):

Applicant Quality

  • Overall academic record
  • Conference presentations and posters
  • Publications
  • Internal/external fellowships and grants
  • Prizes and other forms of scholarly recognition

Project Quality

  • Intellectual Merit

Plan for Completion

  • Feasible plan to complete dissertation with fellowship support

Availability of other sources of funding

Faculty Endorsement

  • Strength of the letter of recommendation
  • Graduate program/track review and scoring

Application Components: Your application consists of the following items:

  • Your completed application form;
  • Your CV;
  • Transcripts (unofficial) from all of your graduate institutions;
  • 2 letters of recommendation (One letter must be from your dissertation advisor/chair and the other should be from a member of your dissertation committee);
  • A 5-page (double-space 11-point font) proposal describing your dissertation project;
  • A 1-page completion timeline;
  • A 2-page project bibliography

Review Process: Only completed applications will be reviewed.  The review process is a three-stage review process. In stage one, a technical review will confirm your eligibility to be considered for the awards. Only eligible applicants will be moved forward to stage two.  In stage two, your application is reviewed, scored and ranked by your graduate program or track. In stage three, your application is reviewed by the multidisciplinary SGS University & Louis Bevier Fellowship Committee.  All decisions by the SGS Committee are final and confidential.

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GRADFUND SUMMER 2022 MENTORING PROGRAM - VIRTUAL will be held July 14 to August 11, 2022.

Program Description

Applying for and securing fellowships and grants to support your graduate study and research is an important part of your scholarly professional development. These awards will bring important recognition and resources to your work and will ultimately help you to complete  more robust research. To write a competitive external funding application, it is critical to start well in advance of the deadline and to dedicate time to the proposal development process.  The goal of the mentoring program is to have participants ready to prepare and submit competitive fellowship and grant applications during the Fall 2022 application cycle.

Now in its 18th year, and building on the success of past participants, the GradFund Summer Mentoring Program prepares SGS graduate students to craft competitive fellowship and grant applications for the upcoming application cycle.  The 5-week program will be facilitated by a dedicated GradFund advising team and will include weekly webinars and a Help with a Funder individual appointment.    

As a participant in the GradFund Summer 2022 Mentoring Program - Virtual,  your GradFund Fellowship Advising Team will help you prepare to apply for research fellowships and grants. You will also have multiple opportunities to be in dialogue with fellow participants, as you work toward shared goals and mutually benefit from the support and accountability of a structured mentoring program.

Program participation is by application, and we encourage all students who seek a structured program to help them develop a competitive fellowship or grant application to support their graduate work to apply to join the program.

The program is open to master's and doctoral students in the School of Graduate Studies at Rutgers University. While the program is open to students at all levels of graduate study, there will be a special emphasis on applying for funding to support doctoral students at the dissertation stage.

The deadline to apply is June 16 2022. Applications should be submitted through the SGS/GradFund Submittable platform here.

Please direct any questions about the program to

GradFund Virtual Mentoring Program Schedule:  July 14 – August 11, 2022

Week 1

July 14, 1-2 PM: Webinar #1: Introduction to GradFund, Overview of the Mentoring Program, The Funding Landscape, Applying for External Funding, Q&A

Week 2

July 21, 1-2 PM: Webinar #2: Get to Know your Funder(s)

Week 3

July 28, 1-2 PM: Webinar #3: Writing a Personal Statement

Week 4

August 4, 1-2 PM:  Webinar #4: Writing a Research Statement

Week 5

August 11, 1-2 PM: Webinar #5: Next Steps

All webinars will take place from 1pm to 2pm ET and will be recorded for asynchronous participants.  Participants are responsible for scheduling a one-on-one Help with a Funder meeting with a GradFund fellowship advisor

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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