Please note that there is limited funding available, and the application pool is extremely competitive.
As a result, the Student Fellowships Committee has to make very difficult decisions, resulting in some strong applications being left unfunded.
- Proposed activity’s contribution to the broader field or community not clearly stated.
- Procedures omitted, vaguely stated, or unrelated to the project; project unrealistic or unlikely to succeed.
- Failure to speak adequately to the student’s development.
- Failure to demonstrate the student’s and the mentor’s engagement in the project.
- Inflated or unreasonable budget, or narrative or notes that do not clearly support the budget.
In addition to the above, please also keep in mind:
- Inadequate attention to style raises questions about the student’s commitment to the project and likelihood to succeed.
- Brevity and lack of detail in the faculty member’s letter of recommendation raise questions about the degree of faculty support for the project.