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Proposal Development Services for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Proposal Development Services for Graduate Students

Graduate Students and Postdocsif you are planning to submit an external fellowship application to support your research, please reach out to discuss how we can support you at, or submit your PDM support request here!

The Research Development Office is excited to partner with the Graduate School to provide free Proposal Development and Management (PDM) services to Graduate Students and Postdocs seeking external fellowships of $10,000 or more to support their research. Our team works with students and postdocs year-round on an individual basis to:

  • Strategize the development of a competitive and responsive proposal 
    • Review the funding announcement to highlight key aspects the funder is looking to support
    • Discuss the fit of the proposed project 
    • Determine how to frame the project to most clearly address the funder's priorities
  • Develop a timeline and shell documents to ensure progress and timely proposal completion
  • Review draft materials to ensure that they are clear, responsive and competitive
  • Elevate proposal language and presentation for a polished product

In addition, the tools below offer unique search capabilities to help identify awards that fit a particular type of research and academic stage.

For more information about what it's like to work with our team, see the video statement below from a graduate student we recently supported.

Graduate Research Development Video


NIH F31 Fellowship Seminar Series:

Join us for our Fall 2022 seminar series on the NIH F31 Fellowship . This series is specifically designed for students with minimal experience with the NIH and the F31 application who want to learn strategies for success at NIH, decode the “unwritten rules,” and strategically position themselves for an upcoming F31 Fellowship application. All sessions will take place via Zoom - please register here.

  • Thursday, 10/6/22, 3pm Are You Ready?: Orientation and planning for an NIH F31 Fellowship (open to all, at any stage of readiness)
  • Thursday, 10/20/22, 3pm Writing to Reviewers: Understanding scoring criteria to maximize success
  • Thursday, 11/3/22, 3pm Telling a Cohesive Story: Bringing your science, training plan, and sponsor statement together


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