Steps to Crafting a Winning Application

Oct 18, 2012

If you’re planning to apply for a fellowship, then it’s likely the fellowship deadline is coming quickly. This morning I took a glance at our fellowships database and noticed that more than 50 fellowship deadlines occur between now and mid-November. It’s not time to panic, but it is time to get serious about your application.

To get your application in tip-top shape between now and the application deadline it’s important to employ a sound strategy. To help with this we’ve put together a step-by-step guide for crafting a winning fellowship application. Depending on what fellowships you’re applying for, you may need to do some or all or all of the following:

  1. Create a fellowship application plan
  2. Fellowship project proposal ideas
  3. Reach out to former Fellows
  4. Prepare an effective resumé
  5. Find a host institution
  6. Prepare a compelling personal statement
  7. Prepare a strong project proposal
  8. Get a great recommendation letter – Part 1
  9. Get a great recommendation letter – Part 2
  10. Nail the individual and group interviews

In addition to these articles, our interviews with former and current fellows include tips specific to the fellowships they’ve won.  For example, here are some fellow interviews for fellowships with upcoming deadlines: AAUW International FellowshipGEM Fellowships, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) and Henry Luce Foundation’s Luce Scholars Program.

To check out more of our interviews with fellowship alumni, click on the 3 Questions With Former Fellows category in the right sidebar. We publish new interviews and tips articles each week for fellowships of all disciplines, including application tips for Fulbright grants. To view our full list of fellowship tips articles, click on the Fellowship Tips category in the right sidebar.

Good luck with your fellowship application. We hope you find our tips useful. If you’re applying to or have recently applied to a fellowship and found our website helpful, please let us know. Leave us a comment below or drop us a note. We’d love to hear from you!

© Victoria Johnson 2012, all rights reserved.