"The Art and Craft of the Fellowship Application Essay(s)"
the Watson, Fulbright and Beyond
What constitutes effective essays for applications for enticing but highly competitive fellowships like the Watson, the Fulbright, the Truman, the Rhodes, the Marshall, the Churchill, the Gates and others? This workshop offers a survey of common strategies and patterns of organization in successful fellowship application essays, including a discussion of the perspective of selection committees, the typical contents of personal statements and grant proposals (including discussion of what belongs where when both are required), style and tone, the role of future vision, strategies for an effective writing process, tips and common pitfalls. The workshop will focus on applications for the Watson, as the deadline is approaching, but will also address general principles and other major fellowships as well. Current applicants-- including those who will have a chance to revise their essays further if they pass the internal selection rounds --and potential future applicants are welcome. The workshop will be led by Michael Keezing, senior associate at the Career Center, and Denise Gagnon, director of career advising.