Giant Angstrom


  • The “Fellowship Applications” blog posts are mainly about the NSF GRFP and NIH Kirschstein (F-series).
  • “Persuasive Writing” posts contain both general advice for writing improvement and advice specific to proposal development.
  • Posts in the “LA School meets the Wisconsin Idea” are commentary on the current state of the US economy, inspired by my dissertation research.

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Fellowship Applications

Persuasive Writing

The LA School meets the Wisconsin Idea

The Most Important Component of Your GRFP Application

The GRFP fellowship application requires three letters of recommendation, two essays, and university transcripts. So which of these is the most important? Trick question. There is no “most important component.” Applications are reviewed holistically. This means that the reviewers are supposed to look at the entire application as a whole. Based on that holistic impression, they’ll decide whether you qualify or not.

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