Grant and Fellowship Applications

Advising and Mentoring for Grad Students and PhDS

Ben Arenger, PhD

Ben earned his PhD in 2016 in Spanish Languages and Literature from Rutgers University – New Brunswick. 

He joined the Rutgers University Grad Fund team in 2012. Over the course of 4 years, Ben advised over 500 graduate students and postdocs on external funding at Rutgers University for four years. 

As part of the GradFund team, he helped scholars identify funding sources and write effective grant proposals. In addition, he designed and delivered interactive workshops to develop grant writing skills across the humanistic and STEM disciplines.

Ben continues to work at the Graduate School in a data/technology role, but also provides freelance services helping scholars secure research funding.

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Struggling with your grant or fellowship application?

Ben can help you.

Grant and fellowship applications can be difficult. You know the value of your research and scholarship, but how do you communicate that effectively to secure research funding?

  • Am I clearly communicating why my research matters?
  • Will someone outside of my area of specialization understand my proposal?
  • What can I do to stand out among all the other applications?

Beyond the Professoriate has partnered with Ben Arenger, PhD, who specializes in helping PhDs, postdocs, and adjuncts prepare their strongest grant and fellowship applications.

Examples (not an exclusive list) of funding awards Ben will review: ACLS/ MELLON, NSF GRFP, AAUW awards, Ford Foundation awards, Fulbright IIE.

Research proposal, personal statement, abstract, previous research statement (others documents like this)

Dissertation chapter, writing samples, CV, most screening questions

Ben will spend 30 minutes reading documents with the goal to identify the key strengths and opportunities for improvement in your application. Feedback will focus on the clarity, organization, and the degree to which you have addressed to the funder mission and review criteria. This feedback in addition to any questions you have will be the focus of our half hour conversation.

NOT INCLUDED: As part of the scope of this service, Ben will not be able to conduct a line edit, proofread, or rewrite in part or whole your application

What’s Included

  • A 30 min initial review of your documents prior to your meeting.
  • A 30 min one-to-one Zoom coaching sessions with Ben to review your documents.

Cost is $75

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