Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Grants for MFA Students: Welcome!

This grants guide, based upon our general Grants for Graduate Students guide, is especially for students in the MFA program at Rutgers University - Newark.



This guide was created to provide a starting point for those of you for whom sponsored research is new territory, as well to help those with more experience find their way to funding sources and successful proposals.  This is a journey that will be filled with ups and downs, so please fortify yourself with as much awareness of your field, the culture of academia and the climate of  philantrophy as is possible.  Your traveling companions will be important too -- make friends as well as colleagues!

Like all good wilderness guides, we will not carry you up the mountain but we will do our best to point out possible missteps (no falling off cliffs please!), and also encourage you to enjoy many enriching vistas.  We look forward to seeing through your eyes too, and we are confident that we will learn a lot from you.

Enjoy, and safe journey.


Patricia Bender, Bonnie Fong, Roberta Tipton, and Ann Watkins

Learning Objectives

This guide will help you:


1.  Identify concrete steps toward your next grant proposal, including

gathering ideas,

preparing a preliminary literature review,

reviewing concepts with mentors and peers,

looking for funding sources,

focusing your proposal,

deciding what to request and how to ask for it,

and preparing the finished proposal. 


2.  Use the GradFund, Pivot, and Foundation Directory Online (Professional) systems to pursue your agenda.

Subject Librarian

Profile Photo
Bonnie Fong
John Cotton Dana Library

185 University Ave

Newark, NJ 07102-1814

(973) 353-3811

Grant Specialist

Patricia Bender

is a Research/Grant Specialist in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Rutgers, Newark.   Ms. Bender is also a poet, writing teacher, and learning coach.  She is a National Writing Project consultant, and serves as Associate Editor of Amherst Writers and Artists Press, and on the board of the Friends of the Newark Public Library.


© , Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to direct suggestions, comments, or complaints concerning any accessibility issues with Rutgers websites to or complete the Report Accessibility Barrier / Provide Feedback form.