The Student Grant & Award Initiative

Begun in 2021 as a cross-campus collaboration, the Student Grant & Award Initiative is a new program to support student grant writing and fellowship applications at CGU. The initiative aims to develop students’ grant writing abilities while providing support in their pursuit of awards that advance their academic and professional work. To accomplish this, we will begin to offer targeted programs geared toward specific awards as well as general support for all student grant applications. In our inaugural year, we will provide multi-faceted programming for Fulbright applications.

New elements of the initiative will be introduced on an ongoing basis, so we recommend that students sign-up for our email list to stay up-to-date on our programming.

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Student Grant & Award Resources

A Step-by-Step Process Guide

1. Clarify your goals

Reflect on what you want to achieve by applying for a fellowship. Is it to support your dissertation writing, facilitate travel to conduct research, help pay for tuition, or conduct a study? Goal-setting will help you narrow your focus on the appropriate awards.

2. Review our lists of opportunities

Take a look at the curated list of grant and fellowship opportunities available on the Office of Financial Aid’s website. Explore the opportunities both within your field and those in related fields. Also, review opportunities in these great open-access search engines from UCLA and Cornell.

3. Meet with someone from our team

There are a number of folks from across campus that have significant knowledge about grants and awards in various fields. There is also support available in writing certain types of applications through the Office of Advancement. Email us at, so we can talk further about the ways we can support your applications.

3. Visit the Center for Writing & Rhetoric

Peer consultants at the CWR can work with you from the brainstorming to the revising phase of the personal statement and other application materials. All CGU students and alumni can have two 50-minute consultations each week. Visit to make an appointment.

The CGU Student Grant & Award Initiative Founding Team
  • Marcus Weakley, Ph.D., Director, Center for Writing & Rhetoric (co-lead)
  • Eusebio Alvaro, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Research & Research Professor of Psychology (co-lead)
  • Mary Jo Gruca, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Andrew Vosko, Ph.D., Associate Provost and Director, Transdisciplinary Studies Program