When selection committees read fellowship proposals, they are not only looking for strong evidence that the proposed program is feasible (both in its aims and in the applicant’s foundation for successful completion), but also that the applicant will carry something forward from the experience.

The project proposal describes:

  • a concrete plan of study or research
  • your goals
  • the facilities or program that will provide you with the means to achieve those goals
  • an elaboration of how qualified you are to achieve those goals
  • a statement describing how your plans for the fellowship fit in with your personal, academic and/or professional goals

Shaping Your Project

A strong plan is well-researched and reflects an awareness of current activity in the field. Ensure that your project makes sense for the program or place you have targeted by checking in with:

  • facility or academic department you are interested in
  • professors in your field of interest
  • people who have actually studied in the program or place you are targeting
  • people who have carried out similar projects or programs of study

Always review your essay with a faculty advisor in your field before you send off a final version.