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Applying for Funding
- Read the application carefully to determine the purpose of the funding and direct your application to this intent.
- Plan the project; identify the resources needed and available; schedule appointments with the people or offices available for assistance.
- Develop a timeline to complete all the components of the application package.
- Read the instructions carefully and complete the application as instructed.
- Select faculty who are willing and appropriate to provide a reference based upon the program announcement.
- Communicate the procedures for submitting the reference.
- Provide a copy of your CV and the program announcement to the faculty member when requesting a reference, noting the items to be highlighted by the reference.
- State the deadline for submitting the reference.
- Send a thank you note to the faculty member a few days prior to the stated deadline.
- Read the question or statement, then determine the intent of the question, and identify the key components.
- Compose your response, directing your experience and skills to the intent of the essay. Place the emphasis on the impact of the experiences, not simply a listing of accomplishments.
- Edit the essay ensuring that all elements of the question have been addressed.
- Visit the Online Writing Lab (OWL) for assistance in grammar and composition.
- Attend professional development workshops for career and skill development.
- Review your CV with the Center for Career Opportunities.
- Format the CV based on the intent and purpose of the fellowship.
The Research Proposal
- Work with a faculty member to develop the research proposal if one is requested.
- Edit the research proposal for technical content as well as grammar.
- Attend grant writing workshops hosted by The Graduate School and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
- Consult with the Division of Financial Aid to determine what financial information is needed and for assistance in completing the forms.
Applying for Funding
- Strategy: Utilize campus resources
Once an opportunity has been identified, Purdue offers many workshops and resources to assist students in the application process.
The Graduate School maintains a database of workshops designed specifically for graduate students. For a complete listing of workshops visit Professional Development.
The following offices assist graduate students in the funding process through workshops or individual appointments.