Read below for a letter from your TA/GA Union with an explanation of the fund and guidelines for
As you may have seen, the administration has finally released the Professional Development Fund (PDF) application. Fighting for a fairer distribution of PDF has been an arduous task, and we are disappointed with the outcome: once again, the administration has acted directly against the well-being of Rutgers graduate students.
We did succeed, however, in achieving some concessions: the administration has eliminated the rating system for graduate program directors, and made departmental approval of the funds dependent on a yes/no question (is the candidate in good academic standing), which aims to increase transparency and make the process less arbitrary. The administration has also agreed to a minimum award of $350 (if any), with a a maximum of $1000, this being done to ward off the possibility that a graduate students will receive no funds.. Students who do not receive any award of funding will receive a written statement from the Review Committee articulating the reasons for the rejection of their application.
Please be aware that the funding application will be due to the Graduate Program Director by April 3rd and the office of the Graduate Dean by March 28, a deadline which is speedily approaching.
As in previous As in application cycles, graduate students are eligible to request funding for anything that would augment their progress towards a degree, which may include funding for rent and other necessities. We urge as many of you as are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.
Please do not hesitate to contact Anna Barcy, your union staff-person, at the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this application or how it might effect you, or any other issues you would like to bring to your Union's attention!
Second Year, English PhD Program