Summary: Tips on UCSB grant and fellowship proposals
Mary Bucholtz (Department of Linguistics)
Tips and grant resources from Graduate Division
Fellowships 101: http://graddiv.ucsb.edu/pubs/studentlife/funding_whattoapplyfor07.pdf
Navigating the Graduate Division funding website:
Finding Extramural Funding: http://graddiv.ucsb.edu/pubs/studentlife/findfunding.doc
Focus on the big picture. Spend less time on the details of your argument than on the
contribution your project makes one or more fields.
Indicate that the project rests on previous accomplishments. Specify any tangible
results that have been accomplished so far, such as preliminary research trips or
correspondence, fieldwork or archival research, language or other specialized study,
conference presentations or articles related to the work in some way.
Show that you've thought through the details. Include an extremely detailed budget
with itemization and justification, and a detailed research plan, with a timeline for each
activity you'll carry out. Make clear that you have confirmation of necessary support for
your research (both financial and institutional--e.g., access to a fieldsite or archive,
partial funds from your department).