Volume 10, Number 2

September, 2006

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How to Win a Graduate Fellowship

By Michael Kiparsky

Originally Published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 11, 2006

Trying to win a graduate fellowship can sometimes feel like playing the lottery -- long odds for a big payoff. I remember well the stress of the application process, and my surprise when I actually landed a National Science Foundation fellowship while some of my academically superior peers did not. I credit equal parts good luck and good strategy.

 In the sciences, the best fellowships pay tuition and a stipend of up to $30,000 a year, for multiple years. Some also provide money for research expenses.

 Many students learn the ropes of fellowship writing through long, hard experience -- if they learn them at all. What I learned from the application process is that you can tweak the odds in your favor. I would like to offer some tips here to help you get a leg up on your competition.

Make Time

 Writing fellowships is not easy. But like any large task, it can be broken down into smaller, more manageable elements. For successful applicants, applying for a fellowship is not a one-weekend, or even a one-month, endeavor. As with any writing project that demands a substantial, polished, well-thought-out product, cramming at the last minute will not produce your best work.

 Plan well ahead of your deadline, and build extra time into your schedule. Many people budget considerable time over their summer and fall for a November due date. One winner I know worked on his proposal for over a year.

 If you're a first-year graduate student, you should consider taking on fewer commitments from the enticing new menu before you in order to have time to work on fellowship proposals. Count your proposal writing as equivalent to a hefty seminar.

 Do Your Homework

 Most universities have a fellowship office that can get you started answering your first question: What opportunities for financial support are out there? Set aside a couple of afternoons to browse through binders of information. Don't forget to talk to the staff members in that office; they often have a wealth of experience and knowledge, and can point you to workshops on grant writing.

 On the Web, a good place to start looking for fellowships is at GrantsNet. Among the biggest names in the business:

the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program,

the NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Program,

the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship,

the Environmental Protection Agency's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study,

the Hertz Foundation, and

the U.S. Education Department's Jacob K. Javits Fellowships Program.

 Spending some time searching around the Web or at your fellowship office may reward you with a more obscure, less competitive source of money in your discipline.


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