Posted by: unlikelygrad | October 1, 2009

Writing fellowship essays…

Wow. I’m not sure I stand any chance of getting any fellowship.

My temporary advisor says: “Come up with a research proposal related to stuff you’ve done in the past, even though that’s not what you want to do.”

Yeah, but…but I’m applying to the EPA, and my previous research experience has nothing to do with environmental chemistry!!

I know what I want to do. I talked about this idea quite a bit with prospective advisors while researching grad schools. In fact, my proposal is similar to a project that one of them has wanted to work on for years, but has never been able to get funding for.

I know this is a feasible idea. But can I convince others that it is? And, more importantly, that I can be the one to research it?

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