Fellowships, like all formalized award competitions, have strict deadlines. Don’t be fooled into thinking only the external deadline matters. Internal deadlines are the most important ones for you. These are set to allow time for the internal nomination process and for letter writing to take into account what you write in your application. If you want to present the best overall application you can, give yourself and your letter writers the time that is needed to produce strong and thoughtful statements.
Our spreadsheet of deadlines summarizes internal and external deadlines for the principal fellowships. Pay attention to the internal deadlines. For nominations by the College we must complete a final review and prepare nomination letters or statements after your application is complete. Endorsement requires consultation with faculty and administrators after they have reviewed the complete application (the candidate’s formal application and letters of recommendation). This last block of work is why internal deadlines fall well ahead of external deadlines.
The Deadlines and Events Calendar records internal and external deadlines for principal fellowships.
If you are considering application for another fellowship or award not listed in the deadline document, prepare your own timetable and agree it with your letter writers:
- What is the external submission deadline that applies to you? Make a note of the date and the web page where you’ve found the information.
- What is the external submission deadline that applies to your letter writers? Make a note of the date and the web page where you’ve found the information. Make a note of how letter writers will be asked to supply their letters.
- Make an appointment to talk with your letter writers 1-2 months ahead of their deadline. Agree what information they would like to see before they write your letter. Agree the deadline for supplying this information.
- Prepare your own writing schedule. Give yourself plenty of time. Give yourself a deadline for a first full draft that is at least 1 month ahead of the final deadline. Get feedback on your draft from readers you trust. Revise your draft. Get more feedback. You should aim to produce a polished and authentic application that makes crystal clear how you meet and the ways that you exceed the requirements of the award. Present a specific and convincing case for how you satisfy the selection criteria specified by those who grant the award.