GradGrants Center Fall 2015 Workshops Announced

This Fall the GGC will offer a series of workshops aimed at training graduate students in research proposal writing and general funding acquisition. The workshops are aimed at graduate students at all points in their graduate careers, and will be helpful for both first-year students and dissertating students looking for post-doc positions. These workshops are open to all IU graduate students, and space permitting, undergraduates and faculty. Workshops will entail both a presentation and activities that push you to apply the lessons to your own work, and hopefully walk away with some useful product.


Fall Workshop Schedule

  • Introduction to funding databases: finding funding in graduate school
    • Thursday 9/24 1-2pm
  •  The art of research proposal writing: tips, tricks, and techniques
    • Thursday 10/22 1-2pm
  •  The art of writing a personal statement: tips, tricks, and techniques
    • Thursday 11/5 1-2pm


All presentations will be held in the Social Science Research Commons (Woodburn 200). Please email us at with any questions.



Welcome Week Grad Student Resources Roundtable: Aug 17, 19, 21 (12-4pm)

Welcome Graduate Students!

Come Discover the Resources Available to You

When: August 17th, 19th, 21st, Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Social Science Research Commons (Woodburn Hall 200)

The following groups provide programs and services that can make your graduate journey at IU a little easier, and will present about their services:

  • Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL)
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Grad Grants Center (GGC)
  • Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG)
  • Indiana Statistical Consulting Center (ISCC)
  • IU Health Center (IUHC)
  • Office of Research Integrity (ORI)
  • Social Science Research Commons (SSRC)
  • The Graduate Mentoring Center (GMC)
  • Writing Tutorial Services (WTS)

They will be available to present information and answer questions, and there will be snacks! Come for one presentation or come for all. Get what you need now, use it later.


A light lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Snacks will also be available. Time

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please email us ( if you have questions.

See flyer: Welcome_Week_2015_0729_FLYER_CJP

Fulbright 2016/17: Details & Timeline for Fall 2015 Application Cycle

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program application is now open. 

 “The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.” (For more information see
 Campus Deadline: Monday, September 7, 2015 (All applications must be submitted for campus review)
 National Deadline: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
There will be an information session Friday, May 1, 2015, 11am-12pm in the Great Room of the Hutton Honors College.
This summer the GradGrants Center is offering a “Fulbright IIE Summer Boot Camp,” a six-week online program that assists students in developing competitive Fulbright proposals. For more information, and assistance with proposal drafting and application materials, please contact the GradGrants Center at
If you have any questions about administration or applying as a graduate student, please contact Kathleen Sullivan (
Interested undergraduates should contact Paul Fogleman in IUCARE.

Fulbright IIE Infosession 1 May 2015, 11 am-12 pm

Attention potential Fulbright applicants:

Fulbright Information Session

Hutton Honors College, Great Room

11-12, Friday May 1st 2015

featuring Collin Bjork, a graduate student who served as a Fulbright ETA in Montenegro


For additional information on Fulbright applications:

Undergrads should contact Paul Fogleman in IUCARE (Competitive Awards and Research, )

Graduate Students should contact GGC staff at


Fulbright IIE Summer Online Proposal Development Bootcamp Information

Dear graduate students,

Are you planning to apply for the Fulbright IIE Fellowship this fall?
The GradGrants Center will be facilitating an online Fulbright proposal development bootcamp to help you develop a successful proposal run through the Canvas system. The bootcamp is organized into a series of modules that include weekly assignments and peer reviews, as well as brief readings to guide you through the application process. The objective is to encourage you to develop your proposal in a community of peers that offers you detailed feedback, and ultimately improves your proposal. As the Fulbright reviewers include scholars and non-scalars alike, and represent at a range of disciplinary backgrounds, this interdisciplinary environment will help tailor your proposal to the audience that reviews the Fulbright IIE.
Series of modules/assignments:
Developing an “Fulbright-able” idea
Securing successful affiliation letters
Structuring your proposal
Integrating the Fulbright mission into your proposal
Writing the personal statement
Sharpening your proposal
If you are interested in participating, and/or have any questions, please contact the GradGrants Center ( If you want to participate, please send us an email with your name, departmental affiliation, and the country you plan to apply to.

Federal Government Internship & Job Workshop for US STEM & Business Students

Representatives from Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center will be on campus to discuss federal job opportunities in Indiana, give you tips to make your resume STAND-OUT and walk you through the USAJobs database

Friday, April 17 from 1:30 – 3:30pm

Student Building, Rm 015

Bloomington Campus

Register Online Now

Laptop, Hard and E-copy of Resume

Contact: for more information

Graduate Student Workshop: Job Seeking Beyond the Professoriate


Graduate Student Workshop
Job Seeking Beyond the Professoriate
Friday, April 3, 2015, 1:00-2:30 pm 
Ballantine Hall 209
Employment options for PhDs in the humanities are broader than many people realize. Please join us for an introductory workshop on job seeking beyond the professoriate.
Led by Susan Ferentinos (IU History PhD, 2005) and aimed specifically at graduate students, this event will consider the range of jobs humanities PhDs are qualified for; discuss the types of skills non-academic employers are looking for; offer tips for repackaging academic skills for a wider job market; and review the basics of résumé writing (as opposed to C.V. building).
The workshop is sponsored by the Indiana University Department of History and is open to all graduate students in the humanities. Students are welcome to attend all or part of this workshop, as their schedule allows.
Presenter Information:
Susan Ferentinos is a public history researcher, writer, and consultant who specializes in historical project management and using the past to build community. Her clients include the American Association for State and Local History; Indiana University; the National Council on Public History; and the National Park Service. Previously, she served for nearly ten years as the public history manager of the Organization of American Historians, in addition to work in publishing, libraries, archives, nonprofits, and the private sector. She is the author of Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) and co-author of Tenure, Promotion, and the Publicly Engaged Academic Historian (2010,, a joint report by the American Historical Association, the National Council on Public History, and the Organization of American Historians. Ferentinos holds a PhD in history and a Masters of Library Science, both from Indiana University.

March & April Graduate Student Write-Ins sponsored by WTS and Scholars Commons

Graduate Students’ “Write-In”

Call it a “write-in,” “writing retreat” or “write-a-thon,” the idea is to commit to a block of time to work on your writing project. Writing Tutors and dedicated fellow grad students provide accountability, encouragement and moral support. Planning to write every weekend? Get energized by these Friday sessions. Planning to take weekends off? Write efficiently on Fridays and feel happier and more relaxed on Saturdays!

Mar 27 2015 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm in  Wells Library Tutorial Center with  Writing Tutorial Services graduate tutors 

Apr 3 2015 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm in  Wells Library Tutorial Center with  Writing Tutorial Services graduate tutors 

Apr 10 2015 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm in  Wells Library Tutorial Center with  Writing Tutorial Services graduate tutors 

Apr 17 2015 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm in  Wells Library Tutorial Center with  Writing Tutorial Services graduate tutors 

Apr 24 2015 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm in  Wells Library Tutorial Center with  Writing Tutorial Services graduate tutors 

May 1 2015 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm in  Wells Library Tutorial Center with  Writing Tutorial Services graduate tutors 

March & April Grad Workshop Schedule from Scholars Commons & GMC


Hone and perfect your strategies for getting work done effectively. We’ll cover two topics: expert use of core research databases, and developing effective writing habits. We’ll also provide snacks to help you stay alert!

Getting Unstuck 

Apr 3 2015 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm in  IMU Maple Room (will be part of Graduate School’s Spring Writing Bootcamp) with  Christina Sheley, Andrea Baer and Writing Tutors 

Feeling stuck? Work on your bibliography! Or, trick yourself into writing again with some fun and effective techniques introduced by graduate writing tutors.
After Spring Break: How to Get the Most of the Last Weeks of the Semester

Whether or not you relaxed or completed writing projects during Spring Break, the week has ended and you are now back to “the grind”.  How do you structure your time so you can not only finish projects, teach, prepare for the summer session, and keep the “good vibrations” you might have felt over break? During this workshop we will discuss some common challenges that prevent us from making a productive transition back to work after spring break. However, we will also learn how to identify the hidden ways we respond to challenges that often paralyze us. Finally, we will develop an 8-week plan that will take you from week 1 of your “return” to the end of the semester – with time to have some summer fun!

Mar 25 2015 – 1:30pm to 2:30pm in  Wells Library E159 (Hazelbaker Hall) with  Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde, Director of The Graduate Mentoring Center) 

Saying Yes to Yourself: Three Steps to Reclaiming Your Time without Feeling Guilty

All semester long, you have said “yes”: to projects, colleagues and friends, or ideas. Although these may have resulted in new knowledge and relationships, perhaps you are now asking: when did I say yes to “just” me? Sometimes, saying yes furthers our research and extends our “to do” list. It may also leave us little time to reflect on our relationship with our Self – the very thing needed to make “yes” to all the other things relevant and worth pursuing. In this workshop we will identify some of the reasons we say “yes” when we should say “no” or “maybe”. We will also discuss three strategies to better organize your time and have more of it. Finally, we will look at a week in our lives and determine where we can reinsert our Self and reclaim “me time” without isolating others or feeling guilty while also setting a foundation for creating stronger relationships between others and our research.

Apr 22 2015 – 1:30pm to 2:30pm in  Wells Library E159 (Hazelbaker Hall) with  Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde, Director of The Graduate Mentoring Center 
Supercharge your Dissertation Summer

Whether you’re about to start working on your dissertation, or you’re coming back to it after a busy spring, we know your goal is to get the most out of the summer months. This one-day workshop will help you start the summer right. Graduate students, librarians, faculty and other experts will share their insights on organizing your research, developing a sustainable writing schedule, staying sane while dissertating, writing with a future book project in mind, and more. Coffee/tea, snacks and lunch included!

May 4 2015 – 9:00am to 4:00pm in  Wells Library E159 (Hazelbaker Hall) with  WTS Tutors, Grad School Mentors, IUB Librarians, and others