Month: July 2012

How to write to a prospective PhD (or Post-Doc) supervisor

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I’ve noticed recently that a lot of people make their way to this site while searching for advice on how to write to a potential PhD supervisor. I’ve also noticed that many of the letters/emails that I personally get on this topic are actually irrelevant to me, poorly written, or both. So, I figured it might be a good idea to put a little bit of advice out there to help students who are trying to get into a PhD (or Masters) program. All the same principles also apply for those seeking post-doc supervisors.

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Writing a Winning Scholarship Proposal – Part 4 – The Closing

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Although this article is primarily aimed at university students writing proposals for scholarship applications – many of these principles and techniques are applicable to other types of proposals, as well. 

In the first post of this series I talked about the outline for the typical scholarship proposal:

We covered the first three topics in posts 1 to 3 of this series.  If you missed any of them, then I suggest you go back and read those first.  Just click on the relevant item in the list above to jump back to those posts.

The last item in the list is the topic of today’s post and, in some ways, it’s the hardest to write.  In addition, as with the conclusions to a paper or report, it’s usually the part that receives the least attention despite its importance.  It’s understandable – fatigue usually kicks in near the end of anything you write.  That’s actually good news for you; if most people are doing it poorly, doing it well yourself will put you ahead of the competition.   Read the rest of this entry »

Writing a Winning Scholarship Proposal – Part 3 – Methodology

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Notes:

Although this article is primarily aimed at graduate students writing proposals for scholarship applications – many of these principles and techniques are applicable to other types of proposals, as well. 

If you missed Part 1 and Part 2 of this series – I suggest you go back and read those first. 

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We’ve now been through the Pitch Paragraph and Literature Review sections.  The next component of your scholarship proposal is the Methodology section.  It’s extremely important and, though it should be the easiest part to write, few people ever do it well.  Here are some tips to give you the edge over the competition.

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