Dissertation Fellowship Proposal Sample

Sample Proposals

The Office of External Fellowships maintains a collection of successful proposals for external grants and fellowships, and we make them available to University of Illinois students by appointment only.  To request an appointment, email us at ExtFellowships@illinois.edu.  In your email, give your name, department, the specific fellowship(s) for which you seek samples, and a one-sentence description of your proposed research.     

We have sample proposals for the following awards:

  • American Association of University Women
  • American Council of Learned Societies
  • Airport Cooperative Research Program
  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Research Association in Egypt
  • American Sociological Association
  • Blue Waters
  • Boren
  • Borlaug   
  • Chateaubriand
  • Critical Language Scholarship
  • Cohen-Tucker
  • Croucher
  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
  • Department of Agriculture (AFRI ELI)
  • Department of Defense - SMART
  • Department of Energy
  • Doris Duke
  • Eisenhower
  • Environmental Protection Agency (STAR)
  • Ford
  • Fulbright
  • Fulbright-Hays
  • Google
  • Horowitz
  • Intel
  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Grant (NDSEG)
  • National Institutes of Health (F30, F31, F32)
  • National Physical Science Consortium
  • National Science Foundation (DDRIG, EAPSI, GRF, GROW, & postdocs)
  • Ornithologists’ Union
  • Philanthropic Educational Organization
  • Qualcomm
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Smithsonian
  • Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Social Science Research Council
  • Spencer
  • Wenner-Gren

We have access to a library of successful graduate student grant proposals which are available for in-office use with advance request (hard copies only).

We also recommend the following resources:

Writing Fellowship and Grant Proposals: A Guide for Graduate Students
This 1994 GGC publication includes winning applications for grants from AAUW, Luce/ACLS, Charlotte Newcombe, Ford Foundation, Fulbright, IREX, Javits, NSF, and SSRC. They are not the most current examples, but all were funded by the various agencies. The book may be reviewed in the GGC office and, for especially trustworthy sorts, checked out for a few days.

John Wiley & Sons offer links to a selection of funded science proposals (again, most not at the graduate student level, but still useful) in connection with Thomas Blackurn’s book Getting Science Grants (Jossey-Bass, 2003).

Sample Fulbright and NSF proposals, part of the Dissertation Proposal Workshop by Michael Watts.

NIH and NIAID sample applications.

If you have a successful grant proposal you’d like to share with us (which can be posted anonymously and with IU password protection), please let us know!

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