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Writing Successful Grant and Fellowship Proposals

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This area of GEARS programming focuses on pre-doctoral, dissertation, and post-doctoral fellowship and grant applications. Topics include preparing your application materials, what specific committees may be looking for, and how to best market yourself for particular opportunities.

In addition to our seminars and workshops, the Graduate Division maintains a library of successful grant fellowship applications written by other UC Merced graduate students. Take advantage of this great resource as you begin the process of putting your own applications together. The library is located in our Graduate Resource Center (SSB217) and is available for viewing during walk-in hours or by appointment. Please visit the Graduate Resource Center webpage for the most current information.

For even more help with preparing your grant or fellowship application, you can check out the helpful resources on this page

Sessions in the Grant & Fellowship Workshop track include:

Applying for Graduate Fellowships

Slides from the last workshop can be downloaded here.

Each of the first two workshops is designed to help graduate students write grant proposals, particularly in preparation for NSF other graduate fellowship programs in a variety of academic disciplines represented across all three schools at UC Merced.  Presenters are faculty, staff and students with experience in reviewing and writing grants and fellowships.

For the third workshop, Associate Graduate Dean and Professor Chris Kello will be available for an open-ended Q&A session on grant writing and one-on-one help with grant applications.


Fellowship Workshop 

National predoctoral fellowships are multiyear awards offered by national agencies. Students typically apply in their senior year of college or their first two years of graduate school. They include the NSF Graduate Research Fellows Program (GRFP), Ford Foundation fellowships, National Institutes of Health-NRSA, Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, and others.

Join a panel that the director of Research Development Services in the Office of Research, faculty who have served as reviewers of predoctoral proposals, and graduate students and postdocs that have received these prestigious fellowships as they offer practical guidance and tips for writing successful predoc proposals. Before or after the workshop, interested students are encouraged to visit the Graduate Division office (SSB 310) to review our growing library of successful proposals for examples of successful applications. Students may also access the External Fellowships page for more potential funding opportunities.


Applying for Dissertation Fellowships 

This workshop focuses primarily on the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG), Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships, Wenner Gren Dissertation Fieldwork proposals, and Fulbright Awards, although the panel's suggestions will also be relevant to other programs. Faculty with experience on dissertation review panels share tips for writing successful proposals.


Applying for Postdoctoral Fellowships

This workshop will focus primarily on national postdoctoral fellowships and the UC Presidential Postdocs. Our panel of experts will include faculty with experience reviewing postdoctoral fellowship proposals and/or faculty who were recipients of postdoctoral fellowships. They will share practical tips for writing successful proposals and discuss some common mistakes to avoid in your proposal.