Your essays may be the most important part of your fellowship application. They are where you get to tell your own story, control how people see your accomplishments, express your passions, show the obstacles you’ve overcome, demonstrate the scope of your ambitions, and in many cases get to explain your project or research idea. If you do it right, this is where you can really wow your readers.
In this section, you'll find writing strategies for fellowships applications broadly, as well as some specific suggestions that can help with the two kinds of essays you will most likely be asked to write for a fellowship application: personal statements and academic or project proposals. You should think of these essays as very different from one another, using each to reveal different sides of yourself. You’ll also find writing resources – where to go, who to talk with, and what to read for focused help with your application essays.