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You need to submit the strongest proposal possible when applying for prestigious grants, fellowships and scholarships. Review committees look not only at your previous experience, but at the quality of your proposal itself, particularly your ability to persuade the committee that you’re the best candidate. That’s why it’s important to review your proposals with professionals.

Here are steps that can help:

Your proposal needs to persuade the selection committee that the proposed course of action is feasible and worthwhile. Jessica Bane Robert, the assistant director of the Writing Center and Writing Program, and the LEEP Center’s Grant, Fellowship and Scholarship Proposal Review page can help guide you.

Ensure that your written proposal answers the questions posed and that you’re appropriately qualified. Many scholarships require you to be at a certain point in your academic career — either an undergraduate, recently graduated or a currently-enrolled graduate student. Check that your status matches the requirements before drafting a proposal.

The Writing Center is located on the second floor of the Alumni and Student Engagement Center. At the Writing Center, you can schedule a one-on-one meeting with a consultant who will help you highlight your qualifications, and revise and polish your proposal.

Professors are spectacular resources. Not only because they have written grants and proposals themselves, but also because they understand your academic strengths. They can help lead you through the application process and may even connect you to additional opportunities for grants, fellowships and scholarships.

If you’re applying for a prestigious national or international grant, fellowship or scholarship (for example, Fulbright or Boren), you should contact the Clark committee for that scholarship. Committee members will review your written proposal and overall application material and give you critical feedback