SGS Fellowships & Grants

The School of Graduate Studies offers multiple competitive funding programs to support both incoming doctoral students as well as those completing their degrees. 

For incoming students, we provide a robust portfolio of fellowships to broaden participation in our graduate programs and promote the success of students who come from diverse backgrounds. To learn more about these opportunities for incoming students including the Dean’s Fellowships to Broaden Participation, SUPER-Grad, and Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowships, click here. Continuing support may be available for students from diverse backgrounds through SGS membership in various consortia or supplements to faculty grants.  Click here for examples. 

To support current doctoral students with the completion of their degree, the Off-Campus Dissertation Development grant program (currently suspended due to COVID-19) provides summer support for dissertation work and the University and Bevier Fellowship provides funding for the completion of the dissertation. Both programs are highly competitive.  Students apply for each program separately.  All applications are reviewed by the applicant’s graduate program and the SGS multidisciplinary review committee.

The School of Graduate Studies’ Off-Campus Dissertation Development Award is designed to provide support during the early stages of doctoral research to students who would materially benefit from off-campus, field-specific research opportunities. It is also designed to connect graduate students with GradFund by providing seed funding to incentivize applying for external fellowships and grants to support the dissertation project.

The Off-Campus Dissertation Development Award supports summer research activities including: 

  • visiting a special archive or collection for preliminary research; 
  • exploring an important research site; 
  • participating in highly specialized workshops or summer programs in advanced methods; 
  • enrolling in rare language courses not offered at Rutgers; 
  • conducting preliminary qualitative interviews or developing pilot studies 

University and Louis Bevier Fellowships

Program Purpose

The School of Graduate Studies’ University & 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: 

  • A stipend of $25,000 
  • Health insurance (if needed) 
  • Tuition remission for up to 2 research credits per semester.


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