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Graduate Student Grant Writing Program


Graduate Student Grant Writing Program


Check back in spring 2021 for application materials


The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is pleased to host a Graduate Student Grant Writing Program directed by Dr. Rebecca Spencer. 


The Center for Research on Families has developed a program to facilitate and support graduate students who are conducting family research in the development of successful graduate fellowship applications.  Applicants must be in the first three years of a graduate PhD program; preference will be given to students in their first two years. This program is a 9-month program designed specifically for NSF and NIH pre-doctoral fellowship proposals. Selected scholars will receive mentoring and support throughout the grant development process, including: developing, refining and communicating their ideas, approach, and methodology. Scholars will meet bi-weekly from April to December with a timeline and objectives for each meeting and intensive writing over the summer.  Scholars will receive training on topics related to the grant writing process, ongoing feedback from faculty, mentors and peers as well as feedback from a pre-review panel. The program can help Scholars with formatting their proposals and assist with the submission process.  The support of the scholars’ faculty mentors is critical.  Mentors will participate in some of the regular meetings and support the student by providing feedback on the scientific components. They will also serve as reviewers for other scholars.

What is Family Research?

At CRF, we think very broadly about what constitutes "family" research. Family researchers at CRF study the functioning and structure of families and individuals within families using both human and animal models. They look at the influence of biological, social, cultural, and environmental factors on families, and how they impact the health, well-being and functioning of families. 

Our Scholars have been economists, engineers, biologists, political scientists, anthropologists, nutritionists, environment scientists, lawyers, sociologists, psychologists, nurses and researchers in public health, and more. If you can make the case for your research having a direct or indirect impact on families, we encourage you to apply.