NAGAP Webinar: Incentivizing Students for External Funding Opportunities

The Mission of NAGAP is to support, advance and engage graduate enrollment professionals by promoting integrity, excellence and collaboration through education and professional development.


Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Time Zone: 

  • Eastern Time

Thousands of fellowships and grants exist for graduate students, providing cost-free money for research and education. These opportunities range from $500 to $150,000, and are beneficial as financial support and professional prestige.  How do students identify opportunities that are right for them? How do students complete the complex applications? Challenges for the university include helping students, but also how do we know who applied to what opportunities? How do we know who obtained a fellowship or grant? To address these challenges, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) created the Fellowship Application Incentive Program (FAIP), designed to motivate students to learn, apply, and communicate with us about fellowships and grants. UNCC paid 195 students $500 for each of 274 applications for which the student was eligible. Training over 200 students, and spending $155,000 total, UNCC helped 24 students obtain $511,000 in fellowship/grant/internship money, a 230% ROI. This webinar will include details of changes, successes and failures in UNCC's second year of the program and thoughts about what can be done in the future.

This session will be presented by Dr. Julie Goodliffe, Director of Funding and Fellowships in the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina. Her group provides over $10 million in tuition support, manages employment contracts for 1,500 graduate assistants on campus, and helps students locate and apply for external funding.