Grad Resources

Fellowships & Awards, Spring 2016
Bevier Fellowship: Dissertation fellowship for students who have completed both qualifying papers and defended their dissertation proposal.
o Requirements: Completed application form, two page statement describing your dissertation project, 25 word abstract, copy of your Rutgers graduate transcript, and two letters of recommendation.
o Deadline: Monday, February 22 at 9:00 AM

Graduate School Travel Grant (1)
o Grant helps support the cost of travel to present research at conferences.
o Requirements: Completed application o Deadline: Monday, February 22 at 9:00 AM

Special Study Opportunity and Pre-Dissertation Awards
o Special Study awards assist students who pursue educational opportunities which require travel (workshops, summer courses, etc.).
o Pre-Dissertation Awards provide funding for travel, for students beginning their doctoral research. o Requirements: Completed application and 1-2 page statement about your project/request.
o Deadline: Monday, February 22 at 9:00 AM

Graduate School Travel Grant (2)
o Requirements: Completed application
o Deadline: Wednesday, June 15th

The other to be announced!

Dear graduate student workers,

I’m writing to give you an update on the recent negotiations between our union, the AAUP-AFT, and management over the issues related to the rollout of our Professional Development Fund (PDF). Many of you will have seen the recent emails from graduate directors about the next application deadline of November 23rd for the fund. The Professional Development Fund application for the fall competition is now available. This award provides support for teaching and graduate assistants for research, conference travel, and summer expenses associated with academic progress toward the degree.

*The Fall competition will be open to all TAs and GAs who hold an appointment in AY 2015-16, or who held an appointment in 2014-15. The competition results will be announced by Jan. 18, 2016 and reviewer comments will be distributed to applicants.The application form is attached. You will send this form to your graduate directors as many of you already know.
A few weeks ago, a delegation of TAs and our union’s executive director met with the central administration and pushed them to make several changes demanded by working graduate students like you. Among them were:

1) Demands that all applicants for PDF money be given responses to their application if they were not awarded the full amount of money, or any at all, so that we can better write applications in the future.

2) Establishing another application period during the Fall semester so that we can access money all year round.

3) Centrally funding the PDF money so that our departments don’t suffer from the administration’s new budgeting model, RCM.

4) Creating proportional funding for the different campuses, to ensure that TAs and GAs at Newark and Camden receive their fair share of funding.

Because of our protest at Old Queens and our organizing on all campuses, in this negotiating session our team won all of the above listed demands. The letter you received from your graduate director is in response to our efforts. Because there will be two rounds to apply throughout the year, one-third of the money will be given out during the academic year when we have access to our normal salary, so the dollar amount limit of $700 represents an effort to get money out to more graduate student workers during the academic year. More people will benefit from the funds this way. During the summer, however, we agreed to the maximum amount to $3,000 so that, again, more people will have access to the growing fund. Two-thirds of the money will be available during the summer, and though this represents a lower possible maximum award, this is in response to the feedback we received from members and we think it will work more equitably to deliver more dollars for professional development.

In setting up the application periods, we wanted to sync up with the funds available through the graduate schools. For example, if you applied for conference travel funds through GSNB by November 1, you should now know if you were approved and can decide if you should ask for funds through the TA/GA PDF or leave those funds for others. For the summer of 2016, the TA/GA PDF deadline of May 1 will allow you to know whether or not to apply for GSNB funds by its June 1 deadline.

If you and your colleagues in your department are interested in having a union representative come to your department to give a brief tutorial on the best practices for applying for the fund, please email to and the union staff will work quickly to set up a time before the November 23rd deadline. As GSA leadership, we also plan on an application gathering at Graduate student lounge, some time after the Council meeting ( November 15th). Wait for our announcement.

Dilara Demir
TA/GA Steering Committee

TA GA PDF Application Form_Fall 2015_Final

PDF application hints and issues of transparency

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