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Application Support

Additional Application Support

Email your C.V., personal statement, and/or research proposal to for feedback and suggestions on constructing powerful, clear, and effective documents. Please email documents at least a week before the deadline to allow for revisions. Consulatations via Webex are also encouraged. 

Find more writing resources, attend a workshop, or schedule a consultation on any communication project at the Center for Global Communication+Design.



Resumes and Cover Letters for PhD Students Guide provided by Harvard University Office of Career Services

Applying to the NSF Graduate Research Program Guide for 2021 application cycle

NSF 101: Five Tips For Your Broader Impacts Statement  *New 2021

Alex Lang's NSF GRFP website. Contains application tips and numerous examples of successful applications with feedback.

Mallory Ladd Extensive bank of NSF GRFP statements with feedback identified by discipline (scroll down)

GRFP Essay Insights from the University of Missouri.



Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Opportunities

NSF GRFP Outreach Calendar of Information Events 

SMART Scholarships webinars and events

NDSEG news and events 

NIH information videos (Youtube channel)

Fulbright Information Sessions 

Boren Awards

National Institute of Justice Research Assistantship Program

Knight-Hennessy Scholars (Stanford Graduate Programs)

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    External Resources for Writing

    Writing in the Sciences Stanford University

    • This free, self-paced online course covers everything from sentence-level issues like wordiness and verb choice to formatting a manuscript and communicating science to a non-technical audience. It is highly recommended by graduate students and faculty alike. 

    Greene, Anne E. Writing Science in Plain English. 2013. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

    • A short, practical guide full of examples on topics like active vs. passive voice, transitions, and organizing information within sentences and paragraphs.

    Schimel, Joshua. Writing Science: How to Write Papers that Get Cited and Proposals that Get Funded. 2012. New York: Oxford University Press

    • Taking a story-based approach, this book proves science writing doesn't have to be dry—and gives you the tools to craft your own research narrative.


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    Essay Bank

    The Office of Graduate Education maintains a library of successful proposals written by Rensselaer students. We have winning applications for the NSF GRFP, NDSEG, SMART, Fulbright, AAUW, and more. These documents are available to view in person only. Email to set up a time. This is temporarily unavailable in light of Covid-19 precautions. See links to examples of statements.