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Frequently Asked Questions about Grants and Fellowships
Why should I apply?
- Successful applications demonstrate that your research potential has been validated on a national or international level.
- The process itself aids in defining and refining your research agenda.
- It also provides valuable feedback and networking experience.
- Successful grant and fellowship applications tend to result in other successful applications.
When should I apply?
- When you are in a position to make a good application and can accept the award.
- Begin the process at least two months in advance of deadlines.
- October, November, and January are the most common deadline months.
What are the typical components of an application?
- Letters of recommendation, CV, transcripts, GRE scores, etc.
- Personal statement
- Project proposal statement
These statements should answer the questions:
- What is the thesis or central claim of your research project?
- What is the greater significance of your project?
- Where does this project fit within your discipline?
- What exact steps will you take to execute this project?
- Why is right now the perfect time for you to undertake this project?
- What skills, training, and experience do you have that make you qualified to complete this project?
- How will this help you realize your future career goals?
These statements should also directly address your audience:
- Understand the granting institution’s mission and goals and speak to them.
- Keep in mind the make-up of the review committee.
- Realize readers will likely spend only ten minutes or less on your application.