Workshops and Advising

The Office of Graduate Education helps students find and compete for external fellowships and grants. Workshops that introduce the funding search process and target specific awards are offered on an ongoing basis. One-on-one writing consultations are available to support students in crafting clear, concise, and compelling proposals.

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Fellowship Workshops

NSF-GRFP, NDSEG, SMART, and other large fellowships: An evening with current and former fellows who generously answered questions about applying to these large and multi-year programs.

Please CLICK HERE to see a video of the Fall 2020 presentation.

    Fellowship 101 - Introduction to External Funding: 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 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. 

    Fellowship 101 is currently being offered  virtually by request for any department or group. Contact madige@rpi to request a session.

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    Writing for Fellowship Applications: Self Paced Workshop

    This slide presentation is an interactive self-paced workshop designed to assist you in planning and editing strong application statements for external funding programs. Use the lower right arrow button to advance through the slides. Use the home button to return to the main menu at any time.

    There are a number of brief exercises embedded in the presentation. Please take your time to think carefully about your responses to each question. The entire presentation can take 30-90 minutes depending on the effort you put into the exercises. You may skip sections, jump around, or complete sections in different sittings. The first two sections are relevant to BOTH the personal statement and the research statement. The last three slides may be printed as a checklist.

    For personal assistance please email your statement, your questions, or a request for a webex meeting to Applications that are sent at least one week before the due date will receive feedback in a timely fashion. 

    Writing For Applications Self Paced Workshop

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    Jackson, Peter. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. New Line Cinema, 2001

    Kingdom Hearts, Square Enix, 2002


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    Application Advising

    Individual consultations for selecting and applying to fellowships are available by email and Webex. The office is part of a national fellowship advisor support network that can provide information and support for application to most programs. Additionally we will review and provide feedback of your application personal and research statements via email;

    Always discuss your research proposal with your advisor before seeking additional feedback.

    Additional writing assistance is available at the Center for Global Communication+Design.