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EPOL Graduate Student Forum. Oct. 17 th , 2012 Preparing Fellowship Proposals. Sample List of Funding Agencies. Spencer Foundation American Educational Research Association (AERA) National Science Foundation (NSF) Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Ford Foundation

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epol graduate student forum

EPOL Graduate Student Forum

Oct. 17th, 2012

Preparing Fellowship Proposals

sample list of funding agencies
Sample List of Funding Agencies
  • Spencer Foundation
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
  • Ford Foundation
  • Fulbright Study Abroad
  • Discipline/Area Specific
graduate college fellowship office
Graduate College Fellowship Office
  • They are a Resource – USE THEM!
  • http://www.grad.illinois.edu/extfellowships/resources
thinking about fellowships
Thinking about Fellowships
  • Identify the Appropriate Organization(s)
  • Read Guidelines Carefully
    • Does it align with your research?
  • Are you at the Right Stage to Apply?
preparing a pre proposal
Preparing a Pre-Proposal
  • START EARLY!
    • At least 2 months prior to deadline date
  • Make a rough outline of the proposal
  • Talk your proposal through with advisor and others
  • Compose a draft
general elements of the proposal
General Elements of the Proposal
  • What’s your central research question or thesis?
  • Literature Review
    • How are you situating your study?
    • Discipline-based?
  • Methodology
  • Theoretical Framework
  • Significance of Research
    • What advancement are you making in the field?
writing the proposal
Writing the Proposal
  • Avoid jargon
  • Write in an accessible language
    • Read by reviewers from different disciplinary backgrounds
  • Be focused, don’t overreach
    • Provide clear organization
  • KNOW your topic
sharing the draft
Sharing the Draft
  • Have at least one faculty read your proposal
  • Have the Graduate College read your proposal
  • Have peers read your proposal
  • Have someone outside your area read the proposal
letters of recommendation
Letters of Recommendation
  • Seek letter writers who can speak to your research – specialists in that area
  • Share drafts with potential letter writers and ask for feedback
  • ASK EARLY!!
enhancing skills
Enhancing Skills
  • Proposal writing as an additional skill that creates future opportunities
  • Keep working to hone your skills
good luck
Good Luck!
  • You can do it!
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