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Applying for Awards

Applying for Awards, Grants, and Fellowships: Things to Consider

Grants, fellowships, and scholarships can help you enjoy incredible learning experiences that will allow you to expand your academic work and artistic practice. As you research the opportunities available to you at Gallatin, be sure to consider all of the available options, reflect on your goals, and think about how certain awards may help you achieve them, and organize your time well so that you can put together a strong application.

Important Considerations

  1. Opportunity/Researcher Fit
    Am I eligible for this opportunity?
    What are the goals of this particular award/fellowship/scholarship?
    What can I learn about the organization that is sponsoring this award/fellowship/scholarship?
    Do my project goals match with those of the sponsoring organization?
    If so, how can I draft an application that demonstrates my understanding of the organization and its philosophy?
  2. Opportunity/Project Fit
    What exactly is the award/prize?
    What kinds of projects have been funded in the past?
    Is the scope of my project appropriate to this funding stream?
    Are my project goals appropriate to the requirements of the award?
  3. The Application Process
    How does one apply?
    What are the components of the application?
    Have I read through everything regarding the application process?
    Have I identified all of the pieces I need to complete an application?
    Do I need to draft a budget?
    Who might I call on for assistance?
  4. The Deadline
    When is the deadline?
    Is it feasible for me to put together a strong application before the that date?
    Will faculty members and other prospective recommenders have enough time to assist me and/or write recommendations?
    How can I organize my time in the most effective way possible?

Important Reminders

Respect Your Recommenders

Over the course of your academic and professional career, you may need to request that letters of recommendation be written on your own behalf. Please keep the following guidelines in mind. Read the recommendation requirements carefully. Sometimes a recommendation has to be from a certain kind of person, such as your academic adviser, a professor in a specific field, or a colleague. When asking for a recommendation, give your prospective recommender advance notice of when your proposal is due and check with them to ensure that they have enough time to write it. Know that whomever you ask to write a recommendation for you has the right to turn you down for any reason. Think about other recommenders who may work. Be sure to give yourself ample time should you need to find an alternative.


Do not leave proofreading until the last minute. Build in time to proofread your work and to have it proofread by others. Know that it is sometimes difficult to see your own mistakes. Ask a trusted friend or family member to read and review your text after you have a final draft. Make every effort to avoid grammatical errors. If you are having trouble with your writing or need another perspective on your draft, visit the Writing Center.