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Fellowships Office

Essay Writing

Each fellowship or scholarship will require you to write at least one essay, arguably the most important part of many competitive awards.

This essay is your opportunity to explain to the fellowship selection committee:

  • who you are and how you became that way;
  • what's important to you and why;
  • your short- and long-term goals and aspirations;
  • why you are an excellent candidate;
  • why your project is sound and vitally important;
  • and how you embody the values that the fellowship program seeks to promote.

Because of the emphasis placed on the essay, it is important to allow sufficient time to think about, write, obtain critical feedback on, and revise your essay so that it covers what is requested and reflects you at your best. Review the additional pages above for tips on writing, revising, and proofing your essay.