Fellowships & Grad School Funding! Saturday Seminar: Sept. 7, 2013 @ UMBC w/ Dr. Carter-Johnson & Dr. Ordóñez

PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP and the Graduate Student Development Unit of The Graduate School at UMBC present the


Success Seminar on Funding & Fellowships, with special emphasis on the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Application. 

“Funding Graduate Education”

Speakers: PROMISE Alumni, Dr. Frances D. Carter-Johnson and Dr. Patricia Ordóñez Rozo 

(Dr. Frances Carter-Johnson was one of the speakers for the AAAS “FC” panel on “Transitions” at the 2013 SSI, and Dr.  Patti Ordóñez led the 2013 SSI Alumni PROMISE Talks panel.)

They’re coming back! They’re bringing their award winning seminar back to us! See the description from last year:


10:00 AM

Saturday, September 7, 2013

UMBC University Center Room 312


  • UMBC’s students: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/18755
  • If you are not a student at UMBC, RSVP by posting in the comment section at the bottom of this message with your name, school, and discipline (academic department)/major.

Graduate students and undergraduates from all schools in the region are invited to attend this seminar. All current LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows are required to attend the workshop, and are required to apply for the NSF GRFP.

We have received many announcements for job and fellowship openings. Please page down to the comments section to see some of the latest listings.

Published by Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the University of California Davis. She previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at The Graduate School at UMBC, and was Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She was Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development for the University System of Maryland (12 institutions). She is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) – http://www.umbc.edu/promise, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research on global diversity in STEM continues, and she is an international speaker, covering nearly all continents, for groups and conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the Pacific Sciences Congress. Her personal website is: http://renettatull.wordpress.com. Connect with her on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull; https://twitter.com/Renetta_Tull

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    1. #PiyushW led me to take a look at this page. The Information is definatly very useful. All tips are very good and those will lead to savings for anybody.


  2. Hello all!

    You are invited to attend the Graduate Fellowships and Funding Seminar by distinguished PROMISE alumni Dr. Carter-Johnson & Dr. Ordóñez at UMBC on 7th September, 2013. To date, at least 10 of their mentees who have taken their workshops have won the prestigious NSF GRFP Fellowship, or other award, for a total of approximately $1 million of fellowship money! This seminar will have a special emphasis on NSF’s Graduate Fellowship Application Program. It will guide and help you out with your questions regarding the program.

    Here is a small promotional video for the Event. Hope you enjoy it!

    Being funded for a graduate program solves lot of problems for aspiring students during their education. But even after having gained a fellowship or a funding, proper budgeting of your expenses is essential. Here are a few tips that might help you out.

    1. Even though you have received financial support through a fellowship or any other form of funding, spend money wisely.

    2. As a student, be comfortable, but opt for a basic lifestyle as opposed to a lavish one. Simplicity is the key to success.

    3. Always keep track of your expenses. Maintain a book where you write down all your expenses. There are lots of smartphone apps available which are even better options to track your expenses in a systematic way.

    4. During the beginning of the year, plan a budget and every month compare your “actual expenses” with your “planned expenses”. This keeps you in good control of your finances. For demonstration purpose I’ve prepared an online spreadsheet that can help you track your expenses and make a budget. As an example, you will find a rough estimate of expenses incurred by a graduate student who receives a stipend of $15000 per year. Download it (http://tinyurl.com/GradBudgetGuide) and modify it to match your expenses. It will give you a clearer picture of how you should plan your expenses.

    5. Your expenses can be substantially reduced by living with a roommate, as the expenses get divided. But be sure that you would be able to get along well with him or her.

    6. Keep a watch on various deals in different stores. Just a little bit of awareness saves lots of dollars.

    7. Purchasing used commodities is not always a bad idea. If you find a good deal that suffices your purpose, go ahead. Look for options on craigslist. Refurbished laptops and phones are also good options to save a lot of money.

    8. Carpooling is a good option to consider to save your commute cost.

    9. Walking short distances not only has health benefits, but monetary benefits too. Every time you walk instead of taking a bus for short distance, you save a dollar or two.

    10. Save money whenever possible, but don’t compromise on your necessities. You have lots of other things to worry about at graduate school.

    I hope you find the above tips useful.

    If you are aware of any other sources of funding and support for graduate or undergraduate students, do post a link in the comments section of this link http://goo.gl/8dYIu6. Many aspiring students, especially international students, would benefit from information provided by you.

    PS: If you liked the video or the content in this post, please rate it. It would mean a lot to me!

    Piyush Waradpande
    Graduate Student, UMBC


    1. I think this video is an apt description of the goal PROMISE is trying to achieve via this seminar. #PiyushW led me to take a look at this page. As a graduate student, I believe this is a great attempt to guide students and inform them about the various sources of funding!


      1. The video provides a great overview about the initiative taken by PROMISE to make graduate students aware of the available funding opportunities. #PiyushW informed me about this seminar and as an alumni of UMBC, it helps me stay in touch with the ongoing efforts of PROMISE.


    2. AGEP and PROMISE have been conducting a series of strong seminars and other events on the UMBC campus for a few years now. The video made by #PiyushW accurately captures the importance of the upcoming “Fellowships & Grad School Funding” seminar. Such videos will be helpful for promoting PROMISE and AGEP events on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google +. Thanks to #PiyushW for pointing me towards this video.


    3. This video very well explains the objective of this seminar initiated by PROMISE. #PiyushW’s tweet helped me land on this page and watch the video. Being a graduate student, who herself is looking out for funding, I highly appreciate this initiative undertaken by PROMISE.


    4. This quick video/ppt made by Piyush not only captures the essence of why higher education is important, but also does it with perfection. I really liked and appreciate the craftsmanship with which the content is arrange and the way he has put across the message. Wonderful job! I also would like to thank PROMISE for creating the opportunities for students to fund their education.


    5. Useful information explained in a brilliant way! #PiyushW thanks for sharing this and Promise thanks to you for giving such great opportunities to students


    6. This video very well explains the objective of this seminar initiated by PROMISE. #PiyushW’s tweet helped me land on this page and watch the video. Being a graduate student, who himself will soon be looking out for funding, I highly appreciate this initiative undertaken by PROMISE.


    7. I bumped into this via Google+ The video has a marked sense of professionalism and formal appearance which makes attending the seminar on 7th Sept more compelling. #PiyushW has subtly managed to engage the passions of academic scholars and make them show up at the event.


    8. This would be my favorite video submission. It’s simple yet compelling (use of data) enough to keep you engaged. Good choice of graphics and sound/music.


    9. I loved the way the video is made. Sends out the message very clearly. I didnt know 48% people cant afford graduate education! This is a worthy cause. #PiyushW thanks!


  3. This is a ray of hope for us grad students looking for funding everywhere. Thanks to #PiyushW for tweeting and letting me know!


  4. Hello Everyone,

    You are all invited to attend the ‘Success Seminar on Funding and Fellowships’ conducted by Dr Ordonez Rozo & Dr Carter-Johnson.

    Here is a brief video which tells you that why should you be attending it.

    Few tips on how to handle your budget:

    1. Firstly, know how much money you have. For example $15,000 for a year as fellowship and say $5000(from parents or loan).
    Your tuition fees will be around $9000-$10000 per year for Maryland residents
    You are left with $800 per month. You should not exceed this amount at any given point of time.

    2. Gather all mandatory monthly expenses like house rent, food, clothes and utilities.
    Let us say, if you live modestly you should manage this under $450-$500.

    3. Set aside few dollars every month. You may need them in case of emergency.

    4. Utilize the other money to buy books, educational stuff and tutoring class if required.

    Same calculation can be done for other students as well. They will need extra funds from either parents or from bank.

    If any of you knows about any opportunity regarding fellowship or funding please post it in the comment section. This will help all graduate and under-graduate students who are looking for funding opportunities.

    If you like the video, please rate it. You can mention my this hash tag #RRS in your comments.

    Thank You
    Rohit Shende
    Graduate Student


    1. The video was definitely informative……its an opportunity that the grads and undergrads cannot miss……Thanks to Rohit for informing us about the opportunities provided…


    2. What an interesting presentation. Really synchronizes the steps necessary to husband finances without making it a burden.


  5. Hello Everyone,

    I would like to invite you all to attend the ‘Success Seminar on Funding and Fellowships’ conducted by Dr Ordonez Rozo & Dr Carter-Johnson. It promises to be a fantastic event.

    Here is a short a video I made to advertise the event, I hope you like it.

    Now students who receive a fellowship would be given a stipend (let’s say $15,000 for example) and would be expected to manage the money but managing a budget can be quite a challenge, so I am going to give you two major tips on how to manage one.

    1. Cook more at home and eat less outside. You will be surprised at just how much more money you can save by taking the time to cook something in the kitchen than going outside to eat. (http://www.fastweb.com/financial-aid/articles/3968-30-money-saving-tips-for-students).

    2. Like spending, driving sneaks up on you. Before you know it, you’ve spent more on gas than you did on books this semester. Why should you have to pay for gas on those car trips? Many colleges offer ride boards that hook bill-paying passengers up with drivers headed to the same destination. If you ‘carpool’, you will end up saving a lot of money (http://www.shmoop.com/college/save-money-in-college.html).

    If you are an international student, I would like to give you 2 links that you can visit to find out more about fellowships. They are http://www.internationalscholarships.com/ and

    Please, if you are aware of any other sources of funding and support for graduate or undergraduate students, do be kind enough to post a link in the comments section of this webpage.

    Also, if you liked my video, please give my comment a ‘thumbs up’ and if you would like to post a comment, please use #alexander to reference my name. It would mean a lot to me.

    Thank you and I hope to see you at the seminar.

    Alexander Oni
    UMBC Graduate Student


      1. Thank you Allen. You definitely don’t want to miss this seminar.Please note that the NSF fellowship is geared towards US citizens only in the STEM fields. If you have any friends who fall under the category, please let them know.


      1. Thank you Aaditey. Please note that the NSF fellowship is geared towards US citizens only in the STEM fields. If you have any friends who fall under the category, please let them know.


    1. Very interesting video with a nice soundtrack. I would definitely come for the seminar as it looks like its going to be interesting. Thanks #alexander


      1. Thank you Michael. Please note that the NSF fellowship is geared towards US citizens only in the STEM fields. If you have any friends who fall under the category, please let them know.


    2. Hello fellows

      As a follow up to my video, I should also point out that the NSF is a fellowship that is geared towards US citizens. If any of you have American friends who are in STEM fields, then please invite them as the upcoming seminar will benefit them greatly.

      Thank you. Please don’t forget to give my video a ‘thumbs up’ follow @Promise_AGEP.


  6. Hello,

    Dr. Carter-Johnson & Dr. Ordóñez are back! After the resounding success of their seminar in 2012, they are coming back to share their experiences and insights
    regarding fellowships and the NSF-GRFA. This year, the Graduate Fellowships and Funding Seminar is being held on 7th September, 10 am onward, and all of you are
    invited. The seminar will be held in the 312, University Center room at UMBC.
    The following video captures a short informative snapshot of what the event is about, what you can expect in the seminar, and why it would be useful for you.

    Money becomes an important commodity students have to manage when they step into Graduate School. The first step to smartly manage your resources, is to map out both your incomes and expenses. Incomes may include scholarships, loans, personal funds, etc. Lets say you have 15000$ in stipend from your fellowship, and you have personal funds of 5000$. Once you have a brief idea on the incoming and outgoing flow of cash, you can plan your budget in a way that keeps you secure at all times.
    Even though financial management sounds a big and daunting task, a few pointers would help you simplify your problems :

    – Needs vs Wants
    Break down your expenses into two groups : Needs and Wants. Needs will be things like Tuition, rent, utilities,etc which you cannot avoid. ( Tuition – 8000$ , Rent+Utilities – 5000$ ). Wants would then factor in things which you can spend on if you can afford it, and not otherwise. The idea is, once you know what is the amount you need to spend on ‘Needs’, cutting down, or ramping up the ‘Wants’ will be easy. (Appx 4500$ )

    – Have some ‘ME’ money (1000$)
    In the face of your studies, and all the financial hassles, its easy to forget the most important thing, you
    need to be happy. All work and no play, does in fact make Jack a dull boy. Set aside money each month for something fun, like night outs with friends and trips.

    – Be Prepared(1000$)
    It is always important to expect the unexpected. Set aside some money for use in emergencies. Medical bills, car and computer repairs, all crop up unexpectedly, and it is good to save some money for it, just in case.

    – Academic Expense (500$-1000$)
    Use your stipend to attend conferences and seminars in the research field that interests you. A very important aspect of graduate student life is to meet with your peers, discuss about the new things happening in your field. Most of these conferences will be in different cities, and will have a registration fee. You can ofcourse apply for grants from your advisor and the university, but it is always better to cover up your bases.

    A good place to start would be to read this online book on how to manage your money.

    Click to access 40MoneyManagementTips.pdf

    I will be continuously updating more links and resources on social media like Facebook and Twitter, and will include the hashtags #JaganFinAid and #PROMISEagep.
    If and when you find something useful for your fellow students, please share them with the same hashtags, #JaganFinAid and #PROMISEagep, as it would help in
    having all relevant resources together.
    You can additionally comment on this page https://promiseagep.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/jobs-fellowships-grad-school-funding-saturday-breakfast-lunch-seminar-sept-7-2013-umbc/

    Follow @PROMISE_AGEP on twitter to get more information about their upcoming events, and the projects they have undertaken to help students.

    You can rate this video by giving it a Thumbs Up at the top of the comment. A retweet/like/share would be greatly appreciated.

    Jagannath Ramesh
    Graduate Student – UMBC.


    1. A really nice initiative to help graduate students like us who struggle very hard every year to get in to the best schools. This will surely help a lot of students. Looking forward to it ! 🙂


    2. Beautifully made video that captures every aspect of the seminar. I was enthused about attending the event last year as well, but could not. This time, I will definitely attend it. NSF-GRF grant is one of the most prestigious grants, this seminar will be very insightful, given it focuses on the application. Looking forward to it.
      Thanks #JaganFinAid for providing a window to what we can actually expect in the seminar.

      As you mentioned in your facebook post, I have the following links to some fellowship opportunities that might help others here :

      UNCF Scholarships and Grants
      A series of scholarships which hold their own eligibility criteria, open/close dates and required documents. In order
      to apply for a UNCF Program Services Scholarship, you must apply through the online application process.

      Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
      Candidates for the doctoral degree at a graduate school within the United States are eligible.


    3. It was really useful for students like me who is a international student in UMBC. I will surely attend this event. Kudos Jagan..!!


    4. The details mentioned in the video how the event would be useful in planning our finances have been listed out nicely. I just did the proofreading of the book, “Money Management Tips”. Thanks a lot. Once again to PROMISE and #JaganFinAid


  7. I saw Jagannath’s video on facebook, and found it really informative and well made. I went through the links he provided for the fellowship programs. I recently came across this article on usnews and feel it would be helpful to students on this forum :
    Again, kudos to #JaganFinAid for the awesome video. Look forward to meeting people at the NSF-GRF seminar..!!


    1. Awesome work.It is a very comprehensive and precise video and provides with enough insight.This will be really beneficial for the freshers.Continue with the good work.


  8. Greetings everyone,

    PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP and the Graduate Student Development Unit
    of The Graduate School at UMBC unites together to bring back to you the
    award winning seminar about Funding and fellowships for Grad School.

    Dr. Carter-Johnson & Dr. Ordóñez are sharing their views about fellowships
    and funding at UMBC. This event is held in UMBC University Center Room 312
    on September 7th, 2013.

    This is a promotional video about the details of the event.

    The financial decisions you make during college might involve a few bucks or
    housands of dollars. You’re taking your first steps toward financial independence
    and it’s not always easy to know what the best choices are.

    The spending and saving habits that you develop in college are likely to stay with
    you throughout your adult life. This is one of the reasons that money management
    for college students is so important.

    Ways to conserve money during college:

    1. Instead of purchasing expensive individually packaged food items, split larger packages with your roommates. Learn to cook instead of eating out every meal
    2. Make coffee at home to take to class instead of spending $5 on a cup of gourmet coffee.
    3. Share rooms with friends to save on rent and utilites.
    4. Plan inexpensive recreational activities such as hiking or picnicking.
    5. Ride your bicycle or walk across campus instead of driving or use shuttle services from college.
    6. Take advantage of student discounts.
    7. Use online resources and library to borrow books instead of buying them.
    8. Watch for scholarship postings at your major’s departmental office. Visit your college’s financial aid office.

    PS: If you like my video, please give it a Thumbs Up and share it. Also use the hashtag #KrithigaS in your comments.

    Follow @PROMISE_AGEP on twitter to get more updates on it.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Krithiga Sundar Raj,
    Graduate Student, UMBC.


    1. Many opportunities exists for students aspiring for higher studies in US. My sister is planning for her studies in US. This video and the financial tips are very helpful. Thanks #KrithigaS


  9. Putting oneself through grad school, especially as an international student has been a challenge on many fronts..especially financial..Promises of funding by PROMISE helps lower one burden, helping us to focus on the more important goals..Thanks #PiyushW for letting me know about this opportunity!~


  10. Hi,

    Are you still worried about your graduate education costs? If we can get some financial support, it would be very helpful for us and our career. Now there is a great seminar introducing GRFP for us.
    The Graduate Fellowships and Funding Seminar will be hold at UMBC on 7th September, 2013. This seminar can tell you the general information about variety of fellowships and how to apply them. Some of our upperclassmen who have taken this seminar have won the prestigious NSF GRFP Fellowship or other fellowships. Below is a short promotional video for this seminar. Hope you can enjoy it!

    Financial management becomes very necessary after you are funded. A strong budget skill can help you save a lot of money for your future career and life. For example, if you got $15,000 scholarship for the first year, how to plan a budget.

    Here are 5 tips that might enhance your budget skill.
    1) Plan an effective budget and stick to it. Separate necessities from luxuries (You may have $1500 for each month, your necessities will cost about $1000.).
    2) Cooking for you by yourself (If this, $300 is enough for you).
    3) Share an apartment and carpooling with your friend. Besides money, you can get a well friendship (If this, you can save 200-300 dollars one month).
    4) Shop around and take advantage of local deals and online deals.
    5) Used staff can save a lot of money, such as books, furniture and electrical products.

    If you want more information about this, please click:

    If you know any other sources of funding or support, please share your information or a link in the following comments. More sharing this kind of information, more helping us all.

    Please Thumb UP it. Thanks for your support!

    Xiaowei Song
    Graduate Student, UMBC


  11. As an international student based in Canada, I also face similar burdens in terms of financial management. After watching #JaganFinAid ‘s video, I would love to have a chance to hear Dr. Carter-Johnson & Dr. Ordóñez at my university next.
    Look forward to more links for fellowship opportunities on facebook.


  12. Hello Graduate Students,

    Inviting you to the upcoming graduate success seminar at UMBC.

    When: Saturday, September 7, 2013; 10AM
    Where: UMBC University Center Room 312
    Who: Dr. Frances Carter-Johnson & Dr. Patti Ordóñez

    Manage your fellowship budget with these simple tips below:
    1. Live with roommates
    2. Maintain a detailed expenses Excel worksheet (http://cashiers.missouri.edu/costs/student-budget-worksheet.xls)
    3. Live frugally: eat out less often, cook at home; use library books and not buy new books; focus on finishing quick!

    International students, click here: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-graduate-schools/paying/articles/2013/03/14/4-ways-international-students-can-budget-for-grad-school

    Finally, if you like my video, please give it a Thumbs Up and share it. Please use the hashtag #SatarupaJ in your comments.

    Follow @PROMISE_AGEP on Twitter for latest updates.


    1. Thanks for the spreadsheet. I’ve shared this with my teenagers. We also put a record of virtual money when we do something ourselves that we would normally pay for (but try not to think of it as austerity) — cut someone’s hair, cook meals together, etc.


    2. #SatarupaJ..thanks! Your blog’s just the thing I was looking for. Amazingly resourceful. Thanks for putting this together.


    3. #SatarupaJ : This is a fantastic video, and as an on-campus professional, I believe it will be highly informative and applicable for international students who are dealing with adjusting to an environment of sometimes new and contradictory social norms in the United States while simultaneously entering adulthood, which requires independence and savvy financial management. I imagine this must at times be quite a disorienting experience. Again, fabulous video, and you truly are a campus-leader and a role model for other international students.


    4. This is great info, Satarupa. Thanks for sharing. It is easy to lose track of one’s expenses especially when one is not using actual money all the time. Credit and debt cards make it easy to just spend without realizing how much one actually spends. Great source and may I say smart choice of the voice.


    5. #SatarupaJ This is a great information that I should be shared with everyone all students! I definitely plan on sharing this with my colleagues and the students that I teach as well!


    6. Excellent information!!! please keep doing this kind of videos, very useful to know what is going on at UMBC!!! Congratulations Adriana


    7. Quick follow-up: The NSF GRFP fellowship is only available to US citizens, particularly to US citizens in STEM fields. However, the budget and application tips are for everyone, including international students. Enjoy 🙂


    8. #SatarupaJ, I wish I had seen this when I joined UMBC. So informative, and brilliantly made. Plus, listening to Hrabowski can make anyone’s day, and you knew it! I’m so glad I started my morning with this video. I think you should be able to get any job in the world. Too much talent. Too much.


    9. Thank you #SatarupaJ. I hope this video helps bring in more students to such exciting and opportune forum. Students benefit a lot from such events that helps them in their academic advancement. Attached links are useful too.


    1. #SatarupaJ: It’s usually very hard to find information on how to get funding for graduate education, particularly for international students. This video shows that graduate students at UMBC do get help and support and there is even a special program partly dedicated to that – the well-being and success of graduate students at UMBC. Thanks for sharing!


    If you are thinking of joining Graduate school, this is an opportunity you cannot afford to miss. Dr. Carter-Johnson & Dr. Ordóñez are back this year! They’re bringing their award winning seminar back to us! They will share their experiences and insights regarding fellowships and the NSF-GRFA. Below is a video giving all the information. Come and Join us. Tell your friends about it too.

    Tip 1: Plan and put your budget on paper.
    Tip 2: Strictly stick to the budget
    Tip 3: Live within your means (Eat noodles if you have to… it will not kill you).
    Tip 4: Save, Save, Save extra money for unexpected changes to the budget.

    Here is an example of how I would plan to spend a stipend of $15,000 in a year. Assuming this is the money I will get after my tuition has been paid, I have categorized the various items in my budget into “Absolutely must haves” and “Miscellaneous”.

    Fees 2,000 per semester ~8 months 4,000
    Rent 500 per month for 2 semesters ~8 months 4,000
    Food 25 per week 800
    Transport 25 per week 800
    Text books 700 per year 700
    Medical Emergency 1000 per year 1,000

    Miscellaneous (Distant travel, recreation activities and other activities that may come up during the year 2,000 per year 2,000
    Total: 13,300
    Money left over for Contingency 1,700

    Please leave a comment below on how you liked my presentation. Begin the comment with
    #Benard Or #Onyango
    Follow @PROMISE_AGEP on twitter to get more information.
    See you at the Seminar!
    Benard Onyango


    1. #Benard Onyango Outstanding work from someone who really knows how to work!! Your video has appeal and excellent information. Further, you KNOW what you are talking about with regard to budgets. You are a humble man,
      but you have very much to offer the world. You get my #1 Vote!!


  14. #Benard. Is this for real? I would love to attend! Nice presentation. Opportunities like this do not come every day. I’m planning to start my doctrate degree in Safety Science, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


  15. I came across this video through twitter. Piyush has done a wonderful job of capturing the essence of the finance problem in graduate education. Being a graduate student myself, I know how important financial support is and I am thankful to Promise for coming up with such a great initiative.


  16. Hello fellows

    As a follow up to my video, I should also point out that the NSF is a fellowship that is geared towards US citizens. If any of you have American friends who are in STEM fields, then please invite them as the upcoming seminar will benefit them greatly.

    Thank you. Please don’t forget to give my video a ‘thumbs up’ follow @Promise_AGEP.


  17. Hi Everyone,

    Just a follow up to my earlier post, The resources specified in the video are clearly for US citizens, like the Federal Aid and the NSF fellowships. We are looking forward to see more people from US for the seminar. Please inform this to your friends so that they can learn more about their funding opportunities.

    I also wanted to share a video of the Fellowship Preparation seminar by Dr Frances Carter and Dr. Patricia Ordoñez at MIT. This is to give an idea of what to expect from the seminar.




  18. This seminar was very helpful! I definitely plan to go back and reference the notes I got from the seminar in the coming years when I am searching for funding. Thanks so much for the information!


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