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Dr. Hilkovitz presenting at a funding Shop Talk

Current students can learn about external funding by attending:

  • Dollars & Sense presentations
  • Shop Talks about external funding
  • Custom group sessions

Dollars & Sense Presentations

We host online and face-to-face presentations each semester on specific funders, funding opportunities, and topics:

  • Introductory Information: introduction to specific funding opportunities, such as the NSF GRFP or the Fulbright U.S. Student Program
  • Funder Focus: overview of specific funders and the multiple awards they offer, such as P.E.O. or AAUW
  • Thematic Topic: presentation on a specific topic or population, such as funding study abroad or funding for international students
  • Ask an Advisor: opportunity to meet virtually with an external funding coordinator to ask questions about the external funding process

Please note Dollars & Sense presentations do not count toward the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.


Funding-Specific ​Shop Talks

We also offer several sessions each semester as part of Shop Talks: The Graduate College's professional development series. Please view the calendar below to register for the funding-specific sessions offered this semester.

Please note funding-specific ​Shop Talks do count toward the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.


Customized Sessions

Our external funding coordinators can even customize a session for your group. If you are interested in a presentation tailored for specific organizations, classes, or programs/departments, please fill out our request form.


Fall 2020 Schedule

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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz & Dr. Brian Smith
gxexternalfunds@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
New graduate students will have the opportunity to engage in a virtual meet and greet with The Graduate College's external funding coordinators, Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz and Dr. Brian Smith. Please join us to introduce yourself and to learn more about who we are and how we can help you!

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz & Dr. Brian Smith – External Funding Coordinators, The Graduate College

Register today!

Please note: Dollars & Sense presentations do not count toward the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
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more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz & Dr. Brian Smith
gxexternalfunds@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Are you looking for scholarships, fellowships, and grants to support your graduate study or research? This session will introduce you to the external funding landscape and answer common questions about the types and sources of external funding available, eligibility, and appropriate timing of your application. Attendees will also find out more about the search tools and services available through The Graduate College for students seeking external funding. If you are a new graduate student wondering how to get started with the external funding process, this session is for you!

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz & Dr. Brian Smith – External Funding Coordinators, The Graduate College

Register today!

Please note: Dollars & Sense presentations do not count toward the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz & Dr. Brian Smith
gxexternalfunds@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers several fellowships and grants to support women in graduate school: American Dissertation Fellowships, Career Development Grants, International Fellowships, and Selected Professions Fellowships. Learn more about each award, find out if you are eligible to apply, and get tips for applying.

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz – External Funding Coordinator, The Graduate College

Register today!

Please note: Dollars & Sense presentations do not count toward the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz & Dr. Brian Smith
gxexternalfunds@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
The P.E.O. Sisterhood supports several philanthropic educational projects that provide assistance to women pursuing graduate degrees: Educational Loan Fund, International Peace Scholarship, Program for Continuing Education, and Scholar Awards. Learn more about each program, find out if you are eligible to apply, and gain insights into the application process.

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz & Dr. Brian Smith - External Funding Coordinators, The Graduate College

Register today!

Please note: Dollars & Sense presentations do not count toward the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is part of a series which introduces graduate students to the grant-writing process. This session will cover grant seeking and sponsored research. If you are wondering what a grant is, how to find one, and what role graduate student researchers play in the university’s grant submissions, this session is for you!

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz - Research Coordinator, The Graduate College

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
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more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz & Dr. Brian Smith
gxexternalfunds@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This introductory information session is for prospective applicants to the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), which provides opportunities for graduate students to study foreign languages overseas. A program of the U.S. Department of State, CLS is a fully-funded, intensive language and cultural immersion program offered during 8-10 week summer sessions and designed to promote rapid language gains. Learn everything you need to know about the application process, including eligibility requirements and selection process.

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz & Dr. Brian Smith - External Funding Coordinators, The Graduate College

Register today!

Please note: Dollars & Sense presentations do not count toward the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Brian Smith
gxexternalfunds@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
New graduate students will engage online with Dr. Brian Smith, one of The Graduate College's external funding coordinators, and ask questions about using the Graduate Funding Opportunities (GFO) database to search for external funding. Attendees should have already watched the GFO training video. Come prepared to ask questions based on first-hand experience of searching the GFO!

GFO database & training video: https://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/funding/external/databases.html

Presented by: Dr. Brian Smith - External Funding Coordinator, The Graduate College

Register today!

Please note: Dollars & Sense presentations do not count toward the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Personal statements are required elements of many applications, but writing them can pose numerous challenges. This session will focus on personal statements in the context of external funding applications, but the advice and tips shared will be widely applicable to other personal statements. During this session, you'll learn how to:

  • curate your personal history
  • create a compelling application story
  • connect with the organization's goals

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz & Dr. Brian Smith - External Funding Coordinators, The Graduate College

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz & Dr. Brian Smith
gxexternalfunds@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This introductory information session is for prospective applicants to the Boren Awards program. Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide up to $30,000 for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least a year after graduation. Learn everything you need to know about the application process, including eligibility requirements; program preferences for countries, languages, and fields of study; the selection process; and the government service commitment.

Presented by: Michael Saffle - Boren Awards Program Specialist

Register today!

Please note: Dollars & Sense presentations do not count toward the Shop Talk Certificate of Completion.
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
This Shop Talk is part of a series which introduces graduate students to the grant-writing process. This session will provide a step-by-step guide to the grant writing process, from planning to submission. If you are thinking about applying for grant funding and wondering how to get started, how long it will take, and what steps are involved, this session is for you!

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz - Research Coordinator, The Graduate College

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Graduate College
512.245.2581
gradcollege@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
When you write a thesis, dissertation, or academic journal article, you are addressing a small audience of academics in your field. However, academic writers sometimes need to speak to a wider audience with limited or no specialized knowledge, such as when writing proposals for funding, when creating outreach materials for the public, or when communicating with the media. During this session, you will gain practice with the following:

  • analyzing your audience
  • recognizing and avoiding jargon
  • editing for simplicity and conciseness
  • using examples and anecdotes

Presented by: Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz & Dr. Brian Smith - External Funding Coordinators, The Graduate College

Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
Click here for more information
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