Writing a proposal to a nationally competitive fellowship program has many benefits. Beyond funding for your research interests, it may help you focus your ideas within a broader context, choose an appropriate research supervisor, test the logic of your experimental design, and develop an integrated research and education vision that takes you through and beyond your graduate degree program. This workshop will get you started with the process, drawing on the instructor's experience as an NSFGRFP panel reviewer, 2012-2015 (I am registered for panel for fall 2017 competition).
Meeting time and location: 1p Fridays 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, CHM 0215, but to be confirmed depending on participant availability.
This workshop is specifically planned
for applicants to the 2018 NSF Graduate Research
Fellowship Competition from the Geology Department at
the University of Maryland. This includes: undergraduate
seniors who expect to apply to graduate school for
matriculation in the 2018/2019 academic year, and graduate
students in their first or second year of graduate school.
What this workshop will not do: Violate ethics rules of past and current NSFGRFP competitions; share confidential information about those panels or reviewed proposals. The guidance I provide is only my perspective on the application and merit review process, based on my generalized experience. Examples of proposal content from past competitions is provided only for the purpose of guiding your development of original proposals, and is made available with the explicit consent of those providing it.
||Elements of successful fellowship
||Homework 1: What
are the elements of a successful fellowship proposal?
(to be completed before this meeting)
||Review and discussion of proposal
outlines or first drafts
||Homework 2: Drafting and evaluating your fellowship proposal (to be completed before this meeting)|
||Discussion of revised proposal outlines
or first drafts
||Homework 3: Revising your fellowship proposal (to be completed before this meeting)|