Workshop on Writing Proposals for International Dissertation and Pre-Dissertation Research Grants

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Third Floor International Center (303); 427 N Shaw Ln , East Lansing MI 48824

This two-hour workshop is open to all students gratis. For those who continue, it also is the first session of the semester-long, 1-3 credit seminar "International Social Science Research (ISSR) Abroad (focus Africa, ME, Asia, Eurasia, and Latin Am): Concept, Design, and Praxis".

Open to all MSU graduate students - US and foreign –planning to write proposals for funding dissertation or pre-dissertation research abroad for deadlines in 2016-2018 - especially the IIE Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad, NSF, Ford Minority Fellowships, and others.

Free at the workshop:

  • Funding Catalog for Graduate Student International Research
  • Handout: "Secrets of WritingWinning Proposals"
  • Advice from MSU graduate students who have won awards
  • Writing proposals for 2016-17 deadlines for national & local grants
  • Developing proposals for the dissertation or pre-dissertation grants

Workshop Agenda

  • Finding sources of funding for pre-dissertation and dissertation research using MSU Library resources and the worldwide web
  • Deadlines for application in 2016-2017
  • Proposal strategies: Understanding the proposal process in national competitions and maximizing your chances for success
  • "What makes a winning proposal?: Comments by MSU faculty reviewers serving on national panels"
  • "How I developed a successful dissertation or pre-dissertation proposal," Advice from a panel of successful MSU graduate students
  • Steps in planning and writing a successful proposal - a summary with handouts

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