Special Study and Pre-Dissertation Awards

Special Study Awards

Special Study Awards are intended to assist students who wish to benefit from educational opportunities away from campus. These include specialized workshops, summer programs in advanced methods, courses in which rare languages are taught, and other forms of specialized training that entail fees or travel expenses and that are not currently offered at Rutgers.

Pre-Dissertation Awards

Pre-Dissertation Awards are intended for students at the beginning of their doctoral research--i.e. those who have completed their qualifying/candidacy exams--who would materially benefit from field-specific research opportunities. These include (but are not limited to) arranging for access to archives or collections, exploring research sites, conducting qualitative interviews, or developing pilot studies. These awards are specifically designed to help students gather preliminary data in order to lay the groundwork for their dissertation projects.

These awards are also designed to provide seed funding that will help graduate students secure external research grants and fellowships to support their research. Recipients of a pre-dissertation award will be expected to meet with a GradFund fellowship advisor in order to develop a plan to apply for dissertation-level external funding. To schedule a GradFund appointment, please visit: http://gradfund.rutgers.edu.

Application and Submission

Download our application for the 2017 Special Study and Pre-Dissertation Awards.

Graduate students may apply for only one award per year (either the Special Study or the Pre-Dissertation). Award amounts range from $500 to $2000. Please download our application and submit all required materials to Graduate Program/Track Directors no later than February 24, 2017.

Graduate programs must rank all applications and submit each electronic application packet as a single PDF file to Terri Manzo at tmanzo@grad.rutgers.edu no later than March 3, 2017.

Notifications will be sent to students and graduate programs no later than April 3, 2017.