Deadlines: What You Need to Know
Give your application the time it needs.
Many major fellowships, such as the US Fulbright Program and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, have deadlines in fall, anywhere from late September to early December. While that may seem a long way off, if you want to prepare a competitive application, you should begin planning in the spring.
Some applications are quite complicated, requiring two or three different essays; and in the case of the Fulbright award, a letter from an overseas affiliation. It’s in your best interest to begin outlining your plans before the end of the spring semester.
To that end, you can come to an information session, research the award’s website to find guidance on what to write—a good example, for the Gilman Scholarship, can be found here—and maybe even start an online application. Even if you decide not to apply for an award, it is always a good idea to start an online application, such that you can gain familiarity with it. There is no penalty for starting, but not submitting, an online application.
Over the summer, you can revisit the award requirements and outline for your plans, so it can evolve into a full proposal. The Fellowship Office can help you with this: you can always contact us and send us your essays via e-mail. We can work with you on all aspects of an application, especially in organizing and polishing essays.
By taking these steps, you can prepare yourself for fall deadlines, such that you can better manage both your application responsibilities and your fall classwork.
Please contact us for any questions you may have about fall deadlines, application preparation, and guidance on what you need to do to develop the strongest proposal possible.