Sign up for the next F31 Workshop Series

The next F31 workshop series will begin on Thursday, February 4, 2021. We will meet every Thursday from 10-11am via Zoom Meetings. This will be to prepare for the April 8, 2020 submission deadline. If you wish to participate or want more information, please email

Join the new F31 Writing Group

This spring the Grant Center will host an F31 Writing Group for students who have already completed the F31 workshop and are planning to submit in April. We will focus on tailoring your thesis proposals to the F31 fellowship and completing the other necessary components of the F31 application. You will establish personal goals and accountability, receive feedback from peers and the Grant Educator, and get your questions answered as they arise through the writing process. We will meet every Thursday beginning on February 4th from 11am-12pm via Zoom Meetings. Email to sign up or for more information.

The Graduate College Grant Center provides free support for students applying for fellowship and grant funding. All currently enrolled Rush University Graduate College students are eligible.

We understand that the majority of students are unfamiliar with the grant application process. Even with experience, grant writing can often feel overwhelming and the submission process confusing. We’re here to demystify the process and support students through it all – the search for funding opportunities, proposal writing, and grant application submissions.

One-on-one Consultation

One-on-one Consultations

Students applying for grant and fellowship funding may schedule an individual appointment regarding (but not limited to) the following topics: funding opportunities, proposal planning, grant writing, editing, and the submission process.

Grant Center Workshop

In-person F31 Workshop Series

Students have the opportunity to participate in an 8-week F31 workshop series designed to get students’ qualifying exam or thesis proposal into submission-ready shape for each NRSA F31 submission cycle deadline. To obtain more information contact Alexandra Thomas, PhD.



Resource Library

Grant Writing Resource Library

Explore the many resources the Grant Center has to offer including Funding Opportunities, Funding Searches and Grant Writing Resources & Tips.


Why apply for funding as a graduate student?

Grant writing is time consuming and challenging, but there are many advantages to applying as a graduate student.

  • Grant writing is a fundamental skill for research professionals. Becoming comfortable with grant writing at an early career stage makes future applications easier. Even if you are not funded, creating and submitting a grant application is excellent practice.
  • Obtaining funding as a graduate student is an invaluable CV booster. It demonstrates your research and writing skills as well as your initiative and drive. This is beneficial for future careers in research and non-research fields.
  • Having a successful grant application helps you obtain more funding in the future. A previously funded grant demonstrates to reviewers that you are a solid candidate with proven success, which makes you more competitive for future funding.
  • Grant money not only goes toward tuition and stipend costs, but also provides funds for travel to meetings and training-related expenses (computer equipment, software licenses, training workshops, etc.).
  • Having independent funding can increased autonomy over your research interests and direction.
  • Take advantage of the support available to you as a Rush University Graduate College student. These resources may not be available later in your career.