The Application Process
Are you to ready to apply for a scholarship or fellowship? Below is information to help you better understand the application process and the materials that are needed to apply for most awards. Contact NISO for additional information or assistance with your applications.
1. How to start an application
- Research scholarships on the Web.
- Attend an information session.
- Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment to discuss your scholarship and fellowship options.
2. Know the benefits of your application experience
The application process will provide long-lasting benefits. You will become more comfortable writing a variety of items, including resumes, personal statements and project proposals, which will serve you well when applying for graduate school, professional school or jobs. You may also gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your goals through the application process.
3. Typical application materials
Required application materials will vary slightly depending on the scholarship or fellowship.
- Personal statement — present a full picture of yourself to the scholarship selection committee. NISO workshops will help with this and it's best to consult Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) as a resource when writing your application essays. There are also numerous essay writing guides available in libraries, bookstores and online. You can review Joe Schall's Writing Personal Statements Online: A Handbook for Students Applying for Scholarships and Graduate Study.
- Project proposal — an opportunity to discuss your plan of study.
- Letters of recommendation — solicit letters from people who know you and your work extremely well. For tips on how to approach professors and advisors for letters, watch our Letters of Recommendation Guide.
- Resume — Purdue's Online Writing Lab and Center for Career Opportunities will help.
- Interview — If you are selected to interview for a scholarship or fellowship, NISO will work with you to prepare for the interview.