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Fellowship Writing Practicum for Graduate Students

What is GC 513? Heading link

  • Preparing an external fellowship application is a rite of passage – and oft a necessity – for graduate students across disciplines. Winning a prestigious fellowship contributes to timely degree completion and lays the foundation for future funding. The process is often a solitary experience and fellowship writing is a genre onto itself.
  • GC513 provides a structured and collaborative time and space for motivated graduate students to prepare applications for prestigious external fellowships (e.g., Fulbright, Boren, Ford, DAAD, Mellon/SSRC, Fulbright-Hays). The course will address students’ needs and foster a culture of collaborative grant-writing—a skill required across disciplines — that responds to funding agencies’ increasingly holistic evaluation approaches with greater importance placed on personal statements and short essays than to quantitative measurements.
  • GC 513 aims to help students with the principles and practices of fellowship writing to communicate with specialist and nonspecialist audiences. The course was designed for doctoral students in the humanities and social scientists who have completed at least 32 credit hours in their PhD program.
  • Students will be required to complete a full application for a pre-approved list of fellowships.

How do I register? Heading link

The student should contact Benn Williams with their name, UIN, NetID, department/program name,  # of credit hours completed, and the names of the fellowship(s) for which they will be preparing applications during the summer course. For Summer 2021, enrollment is capped at 15 and registration is limited to doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences.
Using “Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory” grading, this 3-credit-hour elective may or may not be used towards degree requirements. Consult your graduate program’s Director of Graduate Studies. The course may be repeated for credit, space permitting.

When does GC 513 meet? Heading link

Summer 2021 section:
  • CRN 23551, online synchronous and asynchronous on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. CDT (June 14 – August 6)

Course learning outcomes Heading link

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
  1. identify and decipher funding opportunities
  2. write according to the conventions of the fellowship application genre
  3. use a writing process — prewriting, drafting, workshopping, revising, submitting — to successfully complete an actual fellowship application
  4. identify strengths and weaknesses in a text
  5. communicate effectively with specialist and non-specialist audiences

Benn E. Williams Heading link

Fellowships and Awards Coordinator; Coordinator of GC 512 & GC 513

601 S. Morgan St., 633 UH, 192, Chicago, Illinois 60607