Make Your Application Stand Out
Your application is a persuasive document -- you are trying to convince the funder to give you funds to pursue your dream. Thus, the facts cannot simply speak for themselves; you have to make an argument about why you are the perfect fit for this opportunity.
Most applications contain the following components:
- Recommendation Letters: The best rec letters are specific, related both to your project/goals and the award's values, and together present a complete picture of you as a candidate.
- Stuff You Need from Campus: Transcripts and institutional nominations, if required, provide key evidence on which to build your persuasive argument.
- Essays: The essays are, quite possibly, the single most important part of your application, because they are the only opportunity for you to speak directly to the funder.