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Proposal Writing 101 (Throwback Thursday)

Series note:  The following post is part of the GradFund Throwback Thursday blog series.  From time to time, we will repost one of our most popular blog posts from years past. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and … Continue reading

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How to Juggle Funding Applications and Multiple Other Responsibilities: The Fall Application Season

Graduate students, new and advanced, have the task of juggling many responsibilities each semester: coursework, research progress, and professional activities, with a little bit of social time mixed in. Now, while we are in the middle of summer, say your … Continue reading

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Touring GradFund’s Digital Content

GradFund’s digital content has been expanding rapidly over the past few years, so you’re probably wondering where to start and what we have to offer. Well, follow me, I’ll show you around our corner of the web! First Stop: GradFund … Continue reading

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Where Do I Start? Finding Good Advice on Proposal Writing

When you think about writing the first draft of a proposal, you may have trouble finding a starting point. Indeed, the first step to writing any good funding application is getting past the first blank page. Along with GradFund’s resources, … Continue reading

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Understanding the Review Process

What happens to your application after you press “submit?” Does it disappear into a black box that processes your materials according to some complex algorithm and spits out a list of winners automatically after a predetermined waiting period? Does it … Continue reading

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Proposal Writing 101

At a basic level, nearly all merit-based graduate student award applications (from early graduate study to completion fellowships) include a set of common elements. If you have never written a proposal before, or are beginning a new draft, the suggestions … Continue reading

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Gaining a Fresh Perspective on an Old Document

Are you so tired of your proposal that you’d rather do anything than read it again? Here are a few strategies for getting fresh perspective on an old document. Explain the proposal to someone – Ask a friend or colleague … Continue reading

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Presenting Your Work to Multidisciplinary Audiences

Figuring out how to communicate your research to different audiences can be tough, as anyone who is managing multiple applications can tell you. It can be even tougher, though, to figure out how to do so in the same application. … Continue reading

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Feedback from Multiple Sources

Revision is the hardest part of the proposal writing process for some people. The prospect of learning how to manage feedback from multiple sources and combine them into a coherent next draft can be daunting. Figuring out how to weigh … Continue reading

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Crafting the Research Question

A well-reviewed research proposal is typically built around one specific research question. Crafting this pivotal detail can be challenging, and we offer a number of suggestions to students at this formative stage in the proposal-writing process. A good question should … Continue reading

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