Fellowship Application Best Practices & Methods of Survival

By Liz

This week, Professor Ryan Cordell held a workshop on applying for fellowships in the humanities for grad students in the English department at Northeastern, and he asked me to offer some feedback based on my fellowship application experience. I was happy to do this, especially since humanities graduate students at Northeastern have to rely almost entirely on outside funding for research opportunities (as opposed to grad students at other R1s who have more internal funding for the humanities). Additionally, History students typically apply for research fellowships for archival purposes, whereas English literature students are less likely to apply. I ended up writing a short novel, but wanted to share it here, as well as Ryan’s feedback for applying for fellowships.

Here is a link to Ryan’s post: https://ryancordell.org/teaching/fellowships-workshop-2018/

And below I’ve shared my narrative on fellowship application best practices:

Fellowship Application Best Practices & Methods of Survival

November 2018

Why apply to fellowships?

  • Writing fellowship apps as a grad student in the humanities gives you the opportunity to figure out why your dissertation matters and to whom it matters. This is something humanities grad students need to be well versed in, not only for the job market, but because most of us will …read more

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