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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

Oct. 17th, 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

  • Fulbright Study Abroad

  • Discipline/Area Specific


Graduate College Fellowship Office

  • They are a Resource – USE THEM!

  • http://www.grad.illinois.edu/extfellowships/resources


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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Proposal writing as an additional skill that creates future opportunities

  • Keep working to hone your skills


Good Luck!

  • You can do it!


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