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A Foolproof Grant Template

In Dr. Karen Kelsky’s Foolproof Grant Template from The Professor Is In (a great blog so check it out!), the outline is as straight forward as you are going to get.  I have read several of the instruction manuals for applying to NSF along with humanities grants, and while very VERY helpful, they are also very VERY long.  Not exactly documents you can start with at the beginning of your brainstorming session.

In additional posts, Dr. Kelsky also addresses several common errors including using the words “I need to…” as in “I need to fill this research gap” rather than describing in plain, formal language how you can (and will!) fill the gap.  Also, do NOT sign the document like a letter – it isn’t a letter!

Be sure to emphasize why you are applying in the first place.  Some helpful language:

“However, none of these works have addressed the central question of ___________.”

“This should be YOUR view of what is most essential to an accurate understanding of the big topic, but which  has never to date been studied by anyone else.”

If you are going to be asking for the big bucks, be sure to address the point of it all, the reason you should get the money, and why this research needs to be done.  Some more helpful language:

“I expect this research to contribute to debates on _______ and play an important role in________.”

Check out the post on the template from The Professor Is In.  Perhaps you can get a grant – and you should at least give the application process a try if the opportunity and funds are available.

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Negotiating a Postdoc Position

Tuesday, April 30th 2013 – 6 p.m central! ONLINE!

Join a webinar hosted by the Institute for Broadening Participation on Tuesday, April 30th at 6 p/m/ CENTRAL (7 p.m. Eastern time). An experienced panel (both current postdocs and faculty members) will share their perspectives on this topic, followed by a Question & Answer period. Preregistration is requested! Simply sign up for the event below, through EDGE and we’ll send you the information you need.

You can submit questions before the webinar, online at:

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Peer Educator Positions Available!

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Get on Board with NASA

NASA wants you! Log on to the “One Stop Shop” to apply for fellowships that include 12 months of funding and 10 weeks of research at one of NASA’s HQ locations.  Get a proposal together and have a professor review it to get the EDGE on your competition.

The application deadline is March 16, 2012.

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Post-Doc Season has Arrived

The Institute for Broadening Participation (supported by NSF and NASA) has just started gearing gearing up for their annual reminder to students and mentors about upcoming post-doctoral openings.  Search em’ and see what you find.  Check back often because institutions are still in the process of submitting new openings to IBP.

The early bird gets the funding!

IBP is dedicated to helping students successfully pursue careers in the sciences– particularly underrepresented students.

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And the NSF Student Poster Symposium Award goes to…

Mr. ARN Sakib! Congratulations!

Mr. Sakib received the NSF Student Poster Symposium Award (Prof. Adnan, Advisor).  His entry was competitively selected as one of the best among a record-breaking 342 applications. Sakib will present his poster on November 14th at the upcoming ASME IMECE 2012 conference in Houston.   Trophy

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Where to Look for Funding

A few good places to start:

1. National Science Foundation.  Don’t be fooled, even though this site has many a STEM fellowship, Anthropology and Humanities fellowships are listed on this site as well.  If you are doing research, then its SCIENCE!

2. Pivot.  This site connects graduate students to moo-lah, big time.  You can search thousands of funding opportunities using key words.  The best part is that its FREE, (unlike other major funding aggregators).

3. Professional Organizations:  Locate orgs in the industry in which you are focusing your research.  The National Press Club awards fellowships to journalism majors, the Coordinating Council for Women in History awards fellowships to (female) history majors, and the Mycological Society of America awards fellowships to… mycology majors! (Well, bio majors studying all things fungi.)    

Once you find fellowships that fit well with your research, be sure to attend an EDGE Writing Workshop for External Funding.  Attend one or all three parts of this series to ensure that your application is complete and competitive.  Now that you have this handy-dandy list, in the words of Wordsworth, “To begin, BEGIN!”

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Apply for a Travel Grant ASAP

Travel grant applications for sustainability research are due Monday Oct. 15th. Travel Support Grants of up to $500 per person will be awarded to students for conferences, seminars, workshops, and/or related student engagement in activities on sustainability and the environment.  Already went to an event?  If you went between Sept. 1 – Oct. 15, 2012 then you qualify for reimbursement!  Apps go to the University Sustainability Committee.  For more information, visit Campus Sustainability or contact Chris Morris at

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Webinar: Presidential Management Fellows Application Process

Attend a webinar that gives you the inside scoop on landing a prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship.  The fellowship is open to any graduate student who plans to graduate in the 2012-13 academic year. 

New fellows and agency PMF recruiters will discuss the makings of a strong application and finally you will know what happens after you upload you application into cyberpace! Free. Tues. Oct 16, 2012. 3-4 p.m., Room 140, Business Building. For more info, please visit the Career Center Blog.

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Funding your Education

Cornell University Graduate School has an awesome database to search for fellowships to support your graduate education. Check it out…and thanks Cornell!

Fellowship Database