Since it's fellowship/grant application season, I'm going to give a couple pieces of advice which I hope are useful to folks!

#SocAF #FirstGenDocs #AcademicChatter
1. Many of the really competitive awards often take a few tries to win. Eg. I applied for the Ford 4 times before winning (1x for the PreDoc and 3x for Diss). They get so many apps, so persistence pays off. Being able to demonstrate progress across your apps is key!...
So, if you feel like pursuing these awards, plan into your strategy applying several years in a row. I know many people who won these types of awards in this way.
2. Some awards have massive application processes (like the NSF). These usually (cuz I never say never) cannot be completed successfully without lots of pre-planning. Strategize on when it's best to apply and how to plan writing your app.
3. Try to get someone who knows your work who has previously won the award to write you a LOR...I don't know for certain, but the year I did this is when I won the Ford, so in the event it made some difference, I'm offering the advice here.
4. Apply for small grants as often as you have the capacity to. I've been awarded lots of small awards which are great (cuz $ is $!!) & help me to construct narratives about my work which are useful for bigger applications. Also funders like to see a trajectory of successful apps
5. Ask to see the materials of folks who have won the awards...it is super useful to see how folks frame their work, personal statements, etc. in successful apps. Many of us are super happy to share materials and tips!
6. Try not to be super discouraged about not winning things...lots of ppl don't want to admit it, but academia is abt luck in lots of ways. There are so many ppl doing amazing work that doesn't get funded..there's not enough support to go arnd, a horrible part of our profession.
7. Get feedback on your materials! We are often so far deep in our projects that we can't tell if we're clearly describing them. Other eyes are useful in adding clarity to what we write.
8. Try to create a narrative thread which connects your personal statement and research statement(s). Reviewers should be able to see how what you discuss in your personal statement connects to the work you're doing or how you show up in academia.
9. Don't make assumptions about common knowledge...many of these awards have reviewers from diverse disciplines so discipline/subdiscipline specific jargon sometimes won't be understood.
10. Give yourself enough time to revise several times. Tired eyes miss things and you want your apps to be as tight as possible.
Stopping for now so that I can go work on a fellowship app 🙃...folks please add tips that have worked for you!!

Hope this is helpful and sending lots of good vibes as y'all apply!
11. Use a spreadsheet for organization w/ deadlines, materials, letter writers, links for submission, login info, contact person for ?s, etc. If you're applying for several, provide a version of the spreadsheet to your letter writers w/ relevant info to make it easier for them
12. Request letters early!!! Like at least a month. Folks are busy and you want them to write as strong a letter as possible. Be prepared to provide drafts of your materials or summaries of your plans for the award so they can comment on it in their letter.
Here's a sample spreadsheet to keep you organized during fellowship/grant application season. You can remove the unnecessary info for the one you'll send to letters writers. I used a similar one when I was applying for jobs.

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Yes to this! I'm happy to share my MFP and Ford applications, as well as a link to a PPT with tips for securing external funding (inc NSF) created for a @socwomen workshop by @AndreaGC_soc, @chriss_in_bloom
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As I go, I write out the subheadings within the chapter with the title & a brief description of the content there (few words). I also note how many paragraphs of "set-up" are at the start of each chapter. 2/
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Since we are in the thick of the academic #jobmarket season, I thought it would be useful to offer advice for folks preparing for campus visits/virtual interviews. What are your tips #AcademicTwitter/#soctwitter? I'll start with planning for the visit
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