Category Archives: Proposal Writing Advice

Dissertation Completion vs. Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities: Being Future-Oriented

If you’re in your final year of graduate study, you may be planning to apply for postdoctoral fellowships. This can be a particularly challenging application to manage, even if you’ve previously had success securing external funding. Here at GradFund Conversations, we’ve recently discussed how … Continue reading

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The Four “C”s of Grant Writing

An effective grant application will be clear, concise, comprehensive, and compelling. These four “C”s may help you focus the drafting and revision process for any application. Clear Aim to describe your research project so that it is intelligible to an … Continue reading

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Multiple Documents, One Story

The multiple documents that comprise an award application should tell a single story. Since funder awards normally require some combination of a previous research statement, a biographical essay, and a research proposal, you will want to make sure that all of your … Continue reading

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Laying the Groundwork: Describing Your Preliminary Results

Hello, GradFund Readers! Whether you are a second-year PhD student preparing an NSF GRFP or an ABD (all but dissertation) student applying for a Louis Bevier Dissertation Completion fellowship, effectively describing your preliminary research can make or break your chances … Continue reading

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Pitch a Second Project: Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities

To be competitive for a postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities, you will need to describe your plans for a second project. Doctoral students who are still in the process of dissertation writing often find this to be a challenging task. … Continue reading

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Best Practices in Grantsmanship: Working with Institutional Contacts

Best Practices in Grantsmanship Series note: Welcome to the second installment of Best Practices in Grantsmanship. In this series we will periodically post advice and suggestions that reflect best practices in grantsmanship. In the first installment, we introduced the key partnerships in … Continue reading

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Best Practices in Grantsmanship: Key Partnerships during the Application Process

Best Practices in Grantsmanship Series note: Welcome to the first installment of Best Practices in Grantsmanship. We will periodically post advice and suggestions that reflect best practices in grantsmanship. Applying for grants successfully rarely happened alone. While a researcher will … Continue reading

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Advice from the Archives: Time to Plan – The Spring Semester

Advice from the Archives Series Note: Occasionally, we dig into the archives to uncover a post we feel holds relevant and timely information worthy of a repost. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and fellowships to support your … Continue reading

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What We Mean by “Start Early”

At GradFund we often tell students about the benefits of “starting early” when it comes to working on fellowship and grant applications, but what does that really mean? How early is early enough? Read on for a sample month-by-month breakdown … Continue reading

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Applying for Funding in the Humanities: Advice from a Fellowship Adviser

With the spring semester in full swing, now is a good time to start planning ahead for the fall application deadline season. For students in the humanities, it is important to be aware of your external funding award options. To … Continue reading

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