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Introducing the Office of Graduate Fellowships

February 26, 2016

By Dr. Kay Ágoston

It’s spring, when graduate student minds turn to thoughts of… funding!

Or at least they should. Many fellowship programs have fall or winter deadlines, which means that spring is the right time for organizing, planning, and getting a head start on the applications you will be working on over the summer.

There are many different types of fellowships, scholarships, and grants for graduate students, including:

  • Fellowships to launch students in graduate school by funding the early years of their graduate education and training.
  • Grants to support the cost of graduate research, fieldwork, or conference travel.
  • Stipends for the final year or writing and defending the doctoral dissertation.
  • Fully funded international experiences, including opportunities for international research, study, internships, or language training.
  • Paid professional development experiences in the United States.

Within these various types of award there is a great deal of variety: Programs may be open to a wide variety of different fields, topics, or applicants, or they may be narrowly targeted at particular fields of study or demographic groups.  What they have in common is that they are competitive, merit-based, funded opportunities to support graduate research, education, and professional development.

The Office of Graduate Fellowships exists to support Mason graduate students by providing information and guidance on extramural funding opportunities.  We offer:

  • Information and search tools for identifying funding opportunities. This information is shared via the Graduate Fellowships website, and also through information sessions, workshops, seminars, class visits, and one-on-one advising for students and faculty on fellowship and grant opportunities.  For a list of upcoming information sessions and related events on campus, please visit the web site.
  • Advising materials and in-person advising services to help guide students through the fellowship application process. This can include one-on-one advising, small-group application workshops, and electronic proposal review/feedback.  For competitions that require university nomination, endorsement, or OSP submission, the Office of Graduate Fellowships helps to coordinate that process.
  • Post-award support for students who have received offers of fellowships, grants, or other extramural awards.

Spring is a good time to start thinking about the role that grants, fellowships, or scholarships may play in YOUR graduate education.  For this reason, the Office of Graduate Fellowships will host “Graduate Fellowship Tuesdays” in March and April, 2016.

This series of mini-workshops is open to ALL Mason graduate students. All sessions are hosted by Dr. Kay Ágoston, the Director of Graduate Fellowships.  Light refreshments will be provided. These sessions are intended to be relaxed and offer plenty of opportunity for Q&A.

  • Tuesday, March 1, 12-1 pm, JC Room B: Dissertation Completion Fellowships
  • Tuesday, March 1, 3-4 pm, Research 161: Fulbright U.S. Student Program General Information Session
  • Tuesday, March 8, 4-5 pm, Merten 3300: NSF Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students
  • Tuesday, March 15, 12-1 pm, JC Room D: Fellowships for International Research and Language Study
  • Tuesday, March 22, 2-3:30 pm, Exploratory 3301: Fellowships in STEM Fields (Hosted by COS)
  • Tuesday, March 22, 4-5 pm, JC Room D: Fulbright and Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships
  • Tuesday, March 29, 3:30-5:00 pm, JC Room D: Graduate Fellowships Open Q&A: Ask the Director of Graduate Fellowships
  • Tuesday, April 5, 12-1 pm, JC Room D: NSF GRFP Open Q&A – Your Questions about NSF GRFP Answered!
  • Tuesday, April 12, 4-5 pm, JC Room A: Dissertation Completion Fellowships
  • Tuesday, April 19, 4-5 pm, JC Room G (337): How to Search for Graduate Fellowships
  • Tuesday, April 26, 4-5 pm, JC Room D: Graduate Fellowships Open Q&A: Ask the Director of Graduate Fellowships

Dr. Kay Ágoston is the Director of Graduate Fellowships at George Mason University

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