Assistantship, Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships
All applicants are considered
automatically for university-based assistantships, fellowships, and
scholarships. Inquiries should be addressed to the director of the
graduate program to which the student has applied.
are encouraged to apply for externally funded fellowships as well. See
the Nonuniversity Fellowships heading later in this chapter.
Assistantships Awarded by the University. The minimum beginning salary
for teaching and graduate assistantships is $16,988 (2005-2006) for an
academic year, although higher salaries may be offered by some
Fellowship Awards are made by
the Graduate School-New Brunswick and other units to doctoral students
of exceptional promise. The awards typically carry stipends of $17,000
to $24,000 plus tuition for varying periods of time.
and University Fellowships.
Graduates of Rutgers, The State University
of New Jersey, and postqualifying students already at the university
may apply for Louis Bevier Fellowships and University Fellowships.
Funds provided by the state and by the Louis Bevier Memorial Fund,
respectively, support a limited number of fellowships that carry
stipends of $16,000. The Louis Bevier Memorial Fund was established
through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Ralph G. Wright in honor of the
late Dean Bevier.
Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate
Established in 1979, this distinguished graduate award is named
after Ralph Johnson Bunche, the African-American statesman, Nobel Peace
laureate, and recipient of an honorary doctor of laws from Rutgers in
Bunche fellowships provide $15,000 plus tuition
remission for as many as two years to exceptional, new, full-time
students with backgrounds of substantial educational or social
Bunting-Cobb Graduate Residential Fellowship for
Women in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering. Bunting-Cobb Graduate
Fellowships for Women in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering are
offered by Douglass College, the women's undergraduate unit of Rutgers,
for women enrolled as full-time students in mathematics, science, and
engineering programs in the Graduate School-New Brunswick. The award
provides a two-year fellowship to women graduate students in
mathematics, science, or engineering. Bunting-Cobb Graduate Fellows
live in residence in the Bunting-Cobb Math and Science Hall at Douglass
and serve as mentors to undergraduate women in mathematics, science,
and engineering. The award includes a stipend and a single room with
board for the academic year. Stipend and responsibilities are based
upon the fellow's year in graduate study. Bunting-Cobb Fellows have the
opportunity to be part of a unique program of support for women in
math, science, and engineering. For more information, contact the
Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science, and Engineering,
Douglass College, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 50
Bishop Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8558, or call 732/932-9197.
Diversity Advancement Program in Teaching and Research.
referral from graduate program directors, the Diversity Advancement
Program identifies individuals whose ethnicity, gender, or other
characteristics make them unusual among students in their respective
fields. Fellowships from various sources are allocated to encourage the
enrollment of these students and thus diversify the graduate community.
The fellowships awarded are comparable to those awarded through the
schools and colleges.
Eagleton Institute of Politics Graduate
The Eagleton Institute of Politics offers three
interdisciplinary fellowship programs that provide Rutgers graduate
students the opportunity to further their understanding of the practice
of politics and public affairs and to connect their knowledge to their
chosen fields of study. Fellowship students are chosen from a wide
variety of departments and schools on all three Rutgers campuses, among
them the graduate programs in food and business economics; art history;
ecology and evolution; food science; geography; history; music;
political science; sociology; and women's and gender studies. Eagleton
fellows continue their graduate programs without interruption during
the fellowship year; the fellowship complements students' academic
During the fall, fellows enroll in a weekly,
three-credit seminar in applied politics. The seminar is designed to
help prepare fellows for the spring semester when they are placed with
an office in the New Jersey legislature, the Governor's Office, an
executive agency, or other government office for at least 15 hours per
week. In the spring, fellows also register for 3 credits of independent
study to work with faculty members in their schools or disciplines,
making the connection between their field of academic study and
hands-on practical experience in government and politics.
Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellowships.
The Eagleton Institute
awards eight Henry J. Raimondo Fellowships annually. Raimondo Fellows
enroll in the graduate course on State Legislatures in the fall. In the
spring, four fellows are placed with the New Jersey Senate and Assembly
Democratic and Republican offices and four are placed with the Office
of Legislative Services. This program was initiated by the Legislature
and Rutgers University to honor the memory of Henry J. Raimondo
(1947-1999), who served as associate director and professor at the
Eagleton Institute of Politics. Raimondo Fellowships, awarded for one
year, offer a stipend of $8,625 plus significant tuition remission.
Governor's Executive Fellowships.
The Eagleton Institute awards eight
Governor's Executive Fellowships annually. Governor's fellows enroll in
the Eagleton Seminar in American Politics in the fall, which focuses on
leadership styles, political strategies and the political process. It
is taught by experienced practitioners and educators. In the spring,
fellows are placed in the Office of the Governor or a state executive
department in Trenton. Governor's Fellowships are awarded for one year
and provide a stipend of $8,625.
Eagleton Institute awards seven Government Fellowships, six Harold and
Reba Martin awards and one Eagleton Alumni award, annually. The
government fellows join the Governor's Executive fellows in the
Eagleton Seminar in American Politics in the fall. The government
fellows' placements in the spring are determined by the students'
specific interests. Placements for fellows might include, for example,
a regional federal agency, the office of a U.S. Senator, the office of
a mayor of a major city, or a political organization.
has been awarding Harold and Reba Martin Fellowships since 1981 when
the former Bergen County assemblyman and his wife made a generous
donation to the Institute. The Alumni Fellowship is made possible by
contributions from Eagleton's alumni and other friends. Martin
Fellowships and the Alumni Fellowship are awarded for one year and
provide a stipend of $6,000 plus tuition remission.
For further information visit http://www.eagleton.rutgers.edu.
Nonuniversity Fellowships. Some graduate students at the university
receive fellowships funded by sources outside the university. A major
source of funding is the National Science Foundation, which offers
talented graduate students in the sciences significant funding to
pursue their academic programs. Information and applications are
available from the Fellowship Office, National Research Council, 2101
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20418. Other sources of
prestigious fellowships are the Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities,
administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation; the
Jacob Javits Fellowships, administered by the U.S. Department of
Education; and the National Defense Science and Engineering
Fellowships, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. Students may
wish to consult standard reference material for other sources of
nonuniversity fellowships. Students already enrolled in the Graduate
School should consult the Chaser web site, http://chaser.rutgers.edu.
Students who receive aid administered by the Office of Financial Aid
must report to that office any employment offers, scholarships, loans,
gifts, and assistantships received subsequent to the original award
made by the Office of Financial Aid.
The Robert White-Stevens Graduate Fellowship is
named in memory of Dr. Robert White-Stevens, who was an agriculturist
and former chairman of the Bureau of Conservation and Environmental
Science. Dr. White also was the assistant director of the New Jersey
Agricultural Experiment Station, a biology professor, and a faculty
member of Cook College. The fellowship named for Dr. White supports an
advanced doctoral student who is committed to alleviating world hunger
by increasing the food supply through plant or animal research.
Other Fellowships and Scholarships.
Each department continually seeks
funds from outside agencies to help defray student expenses. Inquiries
regarding the availability of such monies may be made through graduate
program offices and advisers.
Chaser, the Resource
Center for Graduate Student External Support is a service of the
Graduate School-New Brunswick dedicated to assisting its students in
identifying and applying for nationally competitive external grants and
fellowships to support graduate work at the pre-doctoral and
dissertation stages. Chaser resources and services open to all students
currently enrolled in the Graduate School- New Brunswick include the
Chaser Funder Database (http://chaser.rutgers.edu/database), proposal
writing workshops, and individual meetings to discuss, review, and
critique funding applications. For additional information on Chaser
services or to schedule an appointment, visit