The Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs (WRI) at Rutgers-Camden has been a longstanding and trusted community partner for over 20 years. It honors former Senator Rand’s dedication to Southern New Jersey communities and exists for two main reasons – to produce and highlight research leading to sound public policy and practice and, with that as a foundation, to convene and engage stakeholders in making the connections across research, policy, and practice in support of Southern New Jersey residents. 

WRI has recently announced a Call for Proposals for their Graduate Scholarship for Southern New Jersey Research Initiatives. Recipients, who are known as Graduate Research Scholars, receive this scholarship to pursue research of significance in Southern New Jersey, and in return, receive funding to support their tuition.

Eligible proposals include, but are not limited to, extending a Rutgers- Camden student’s existing capstone, thesis, or dissertation project to include either a Southern New Jersey population, a geographic region in Southern New Jersey, or a topic of particular concern to residents of Southern New Jersey. 

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

Currently enrolled Rutgers University – Camden full-time graduate students in good academic
standing (3.0 GPA or higher) are eligible to apply.

Application Process
As part of the application process, the following are required:

  • Research Project Proposal
  • Overview and Project Description
  • Methodology/Process
  • Anticipated Outcome of the Research Project
  • Timeline
  • References
  • Resume or CV
  • Letter of Recommendation

The Graduate Research Scholar will be selected by a committee made up of WRI Advisory Board
Members, WRI’s Director, and WRI staff.

Proposal Requirements and Instructions
Please use the following proposal structure. Please ensure that your proposal is no longer than 3-5 double-spaced pages. There is no content area of focus requirement – any community focused research question that focuses on Southern New Jersey, in full or focused on a smaller geographic location within the region, will be considered.

Proposal Submission
Interested students should submit proposals via email by 5pm on Friday, April 30, 2023. Please send your proposal to with the subject line Walter Rand Institute Graduate Scholarship for Southern New Jersey Research Initiatives. Please copy

Questions should be directed to:
Kristin Curtis, MA (she/her)
Associate Director of Research
Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – Camden
(856)-225-6236 (office)

More information can be found in the attached PDF: Walter_Rand_Institute_Graduate_Scholarship_Southern_New_Jersey_Research_Initiatives_CFP_2023