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Need help with Grant, Fellowship and Scholarship Proposal Review?

Here are some resources for you.  When applying for prestigious grants, fellowships, and scholarships, it is important that you submit the strongest proposal possible. Review committees will look not only on your previous experience, but on the quality of your proposal itself, particularly your ability to persuade the committee that you are the best candidate. That is why it's important to review your proposals with professionals.

  1. Take advice from Jessica Bane Robert and the LEEP Center. Proposals need to persuade the selection committee that the proposed course of action is feasible and worthwhile, and the LEEP Center's Grant, Fellowship and Scholarship Proposal Review page can help guide you.
  2. Visit the website for the particular grant, fellowship, or scholarship. Ensure that your written proposal answers the questions posed and that you are appropriately qualified. Many scholarships require you to be at a certain point in your academic career — either an undergraduate, recently graduated, or a currently-enrolled graduate student. Check that your status matches the requirements before drafting a proposal.
  3. Visit the Writing Center to get feedback. The writing center is located on the second floor of Dana Commons. At the writing center, you can schedule a one-on-one meeting with a consultant who will help you highlight your qualifications and revise and polish your proposal.
  4. Connect with your professors. Professors are truly spectacular resources. Not only because they have written grants and proposals themselves, but also because they understand your strengths as a student. Professors will help lead you through the application process and may even connect you to additional opportunities for grants, fellowships, and scholarships. 
  5. Contact the committee. If you are applying for a prestigious national or international grant, fellowship, or scholarship (for example, Fulbright or Boren), you should contact the Clark Committee for that scholarship. Committee members will review your written proposal and overall application material and give you critical feedback.