Predoctoral Fellowships and Training Grant Resources

Along with GradFund, our graduate school is happy to assist faculty and students with materials for NIH fellowship (F30/31/32) and NSF applications as well as training grants (T32). Click through our resources for some materials. Please contact Janet Alder for additional help if needed.

Grant Resources for You

Are you searching for a boilerplate document that can be used to describe the RCR training for graduate students and postdocs?

Download the NIH Compliant Regulations for Fellowship Applications

Do you need the boilerplate document that can be used to describe the Rigor and Reproducibility training for grad students and postdocs? This document is compliant with NIH regulations for fellowship applications.

Download the Rigor and Reproducibility Training PDF

Do you need a boilerplate document that describes the iJOBS career development program?

Download the iJOBS Boilerplate for Grants

Do you need a boilerplate document that can be used to describe the Individual Development Plans at Rutgers for graduate students? Download the IDP Boilerplate For Grants PDF

Download the IDP Boilerplate For Grants PDF

We also have versions for the NIH Description of Institutional Environment and Commitment to Training and Additional Educational Information that can be tailored to individual graduate programs and students upon request.

We also have successful NIH F applications, NSF, EPA, AHA, NJ state fellowships as well as diversity supplements for NIH grants that we can share upon request.

Courses and Workshops in Grant writing for Biomedical Graduate Students

Grant Writing Basics: Advanced Topics in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics [16:681:601]

The focus of this class is on writing Specific Aims pages of a biological research grant proposal. Topics include funding agencies, types of grants, forms, budgets, proposal format, and the review process. Students will be required to write and critique research proposals. Preparation for the writing of the research proposal required as part of the oral preliminary exam. To view a syllabus of the class, click here.

Advanced Studies in Neuroscience or Psychology to write an NRSA F31 Grant Proposal [16:830:504]

The purpose of the course is to facilitate each student's submission of an F31 application for the December deadline. You should have at least a year (preferably two to three years) of graduate training remaining. Most importantly, your proposal will need preliminary data so that reviewers can evaluate the quality of your proposed training in research. To view a syllabus of the class, click here.

NIH Fellowship Grant Writing Training Group

For PhD students and junior postdoctoral fellows applying to the December cycle of extramural NIH fellowships (F30, F31, F32). Each week, fellows submit drafts of specific grant application components for peer review and comments by the grant coach.  Fellows meet as a group with the grant coach for 1-hr a week to discuss parts of the grant application, sponsored programs, peer review, NIH review groups and institutes, responding to peer review critiques, and submission of the final grant application in December. For Fall 2021, meetings will be on Thursdays from 1-2pm ET on Zoom starting Sept 23 to Dec 2.  This program is organized by Lauren Aleksunes, PharmD, PhD who is the NJ ACTS Workforce Development Core Lead and NRMN Grant Coach. To sign up, please email Dr. Aleksunes

Grantwriting Fundamentals Workshop 

Every spring SGS offers a workshop on how to write specific aims which is helpful for students writing their thesis proposals and also submitting grants.  The National Research Mentoring Network process is used to describe the structure and purpose of Specific Aims. 

To view a recording of the workshop on Specific Aims from April 2021, click here.

To see the slides click here.


Fellowship Application Workshop 

Every Fall the School of Graduate Studies hosts a workshop to help guide biomedical graduate students and their mentors in the grant application process so that they can identify fellowships for which students are eligible and learn how to submit a successful application.

Because a majority of our students are interested in research positions in academia or industry, we believe it is important for our students to gain more experience writing fellowships.  Graduate student fellowships are a great way to support a student and are indicative of past success when applying for a postdoc or job. Rutgers graduate students have a great track record of obtaining grants.

1) Teresa Delcorso from GradFund talks about how her organization at Rutgers helps students identify funding opportunities and write the grant.  We will also discuss which grants are open to non-US-citizens. 

2) A faculty member who reviews F grants for the NIH talk about what makes an application stand out and get a good score. 

3) A panel of graduate students and their PIs who have successfully obtained NIH, NSF, AHA, and NJ Commission funding talks about the application process and what made their proposal successful.  

To watch the recording of the workshop from September 17, 2021, click here