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Your argument for being awarded a fellowship should address the following claims:My project is worthwhile. What is the broader application ?I am uniquely qualified to complete this project. What is your background and preparation?What related research/qualifications do you have?I will complete my dissertation by the end of the grant year. What is your timeline from application to completion?How can you give evidence of your work ethic ?My post-PhD trajectory will bring prestige to the granting institutionHow do you plan to publication/disseminate your research?What are your career plans ?Consider the following issues related to each particular kind of fellowship:InterdisciplinaryTeach them about your areaThematicHow does your work stick out?ResidentialWhy not stay at Notre Dame?TeachingDemonstrate you can handle the work loadAnalyzing Models to Improve Your ProposalOne of the best ways to improve your own work is to better understand the components of a successful proposal. Below are some questions that can guide your analysis:OrganizationWhat is the organizing structure of the essay? Chronological, methodological, thematic, narrative, etc. ?What kinds of sections is the statement divided into?How does the author handle transitions between sections or paragraphs?How does the statement end?ContentHow does the author contextualize their research?How does the author establish their qualifications?How specific are the details of the proposed project?How does the author convey their work timeline?How does the author link the project to future goals?Style & languageDoes the author display a sense of conviction, or “hedge” claims?Does the author employ figurative language or more transparent, direct language?How is technical language employed?Does the author assume the reader’s knowledge of key terminology?How complex is the sentence structure?The Office of Grants and Fellowships maintains an archive of successful fellowship applications. Please contact the Office of Grants and Fellowships at [email protected] if you are interested in seeing any recent winning proposals. The Graduate School 502 Main Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556 Phone (574) 631-7544 Fax (574) 631-4183 [email protected] Graduate School Admissions: Phone (574) 631-7706 Email: [email protected]