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Is there a campus fellowship advisor who can answer questions and read my essays?

Date: September 2018

Question

Good afternoon,

I am a graduate student preparing myself to apply for a fellowship and I was wondering if the university has a campus fellowship advisor that perhaps can answer some queries and read my essays. If this exists, could you please tell me who would the best person/department for me to reach out to?

Thank you!

Aspiring Fellowship Applicant


Response

Dear Aspiring Fellowship Applicant,

Thank you for your question about writing a competitive graduate fellowship application. I’m very glad you plan to apply for external awards!

The Graduate School does not have a fellowship office, but we do organize and host various fellowship support activities for graduate students. In September alone we are offering 40 hours of workshops and review sessions, listed below. Plan to attend one of the workshops or some of the review and consultation hours (there are 8 days for writing, review and consultation) to get answers to your questions and to get feedback on your essays. You can also pre-register here to sign up for weekly fellowship tips, strategies and encouragement. I hope to meet you at one of these events!

Best,

Jan

Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

 

Writing Competitive Fellowship Applications

Join us for one or more events in our fellowship series to learn about writing a competitive fellowship application…from identifying awards for which you are eligible, determining when you are most competitive, getting strong letters of recommendation, to getting advice and review from current fellowship winners.

Wednesday, September 12
Fellowships 101: Writing a Competitive Graduate Fellowship Application, Noon to 1:30, G10 Biotech

Pre-register here if you want food and printed materials.

Thursday, September 13
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: Advice from Cornell NSF Fellows Panel, Noon to 1:30, 102 Mann Library

Pre-register here if you want food and printed materials.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: Advice from Fellows, 3:30 – 5:30, 341 Caldwell Hall
RSVP by noon on Sept 12. Register online to receive access to two recorded sessions with additional detail on strategies for writing a successful NSF GRFP proposal. Topics:  a) the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) call for proposals, b) how to write a successful proposal that address both intellectual merit and broader impact criteria, c) the experiences of successful applicants, and how they leveraged CIRTL Network opportunities in their proposals.  More info

Monday, September 17
Fellowships 101: Writing a Competitive Graduate Fellowship Application, Noon to 1:30, G10 Biotech

Pre-register here if you want food and printed materials.

Tuesday, September 18
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: Advice from Cornell NSF Fellows Panel, Noon to 1:30, G01 Biotech

Pre-register here if you want food and printed materials.

Friday, September 24, 25, 26, 27 and October 1, 2, 3, 4.
Fellowship Writing, Peer Review and Consultation, Noon to 4:00pm, 341 Caldwell Hall
Come for as many days as you can to write, get peer review and ask questions about your NSF and other graduate fellowship application.

Pre-register here for a weekly email with advice on preparing your application and reminders about fellowship deadlines.