Make an Appointment with a Competitive Funding Writing Consultant

Support for Preparing an Application for Competitive Awards and Funding

Are you a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar seeking funding for research or field study? Schedule a Competitive Funding Writing Consultation to use our Competitive Funding Opportunities database. Receive a curated list of potential opportunities, then get expert individual feedback on your application documents from CCE's Competitive Funding writing consultants.

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The Competitive Funding writing consultants help graduate student and postdoc award applicants in the following ways:

National award focused expectations
  • Understand funding agency expectations and requirements
  • Highlight applicants' qualities and abilities to meet the expectations  of the opportunity-funding organization
  • Frame applicants' research, professional, and/or career interests to align with the program mission
  • Present a compelling case for the proposed research or project
  • Integrate relevant details about applicants' lives and experiences to develop an application that stands out and gets noticed
  • Address the specific requirements of applications, such as targeted (short-answer) questions and length limits
  • Emphasize applicants' strengths; re-frame their limitations and weaknesses in a positive light
  • Communicate with mentors and others in their network to arrange for letters of recommendation and other support materials

Cross-disciplinary genre expectations

  • Develop content or subject matter in ways that meet the expectations of the funding review committee
  • Outline, organize, and coordinate application materials
  • Articulate the significance of research topics to the field
  • Describe research methods in a clear and credible way
  • Frame, position, and weigh propositions in a coherent discussion
  • Articulate the value and contribution of their education, research, and career goals to the field
  • Critically evaluate and refine their application writing according to academic expectations
  • Understand the organization, communicative goals, and writing strategies of funding application genres (e.g., scholarships, fellowships, and grants)

Scholarly communication conventions

  • Differentiate among types of competitive applications (e.g., scholarships, fellowships, and grants)
  • Understand the scope, aims, audience, and quality of awards and identify appropriate funding opportunities
  • Understand ethical issues in scholarly writing
  • Understand application requirements and the selection process

Academic and professional development

  • Identify academic writing conventions using scholarly resources
  • Locate literature relevant to applicants’ research focus using library search engines and resources
  • Effectively use writing technologies (e.g., electronic collections of texts, search engines for linguistic data)