About the Clinic

The Fellowship Writing Clinic is an initiative sponsored by The Graduate School to facilitate graduate students in locating and attaining funds through external fellowship programs.  The clinic will provide PhD students with general fellowship application writing tips as well as specific feedback for their current applications.  The Graduate School will populate and update a list of external fellowships relevant to the schools and colleges at the university.   Faculty from the various schools and colleges will mentor graduate students on their applications each year during a two-day, face-to-face clinic.

The Graduate School will accept fellowship applications from PhD students early before the official deadline. The Graduate School will select as many of the strongest applications as possible to matriculate through our clinic process.  Students, who meet with a group of faculty and editors to enhance their applications and then successfully submit, will receive a small honorarium.  The application packet to the Graduate School will consist of all fellowship application material excluding reference letters. However, students should contact potential reference letter writers at the time that they register intent with the Graduate School.

We hope this initiative will:

  1. Encourage more UM applications to fellowship opportunities across all schools and colleges and,
  2. Leverage Graduate School and Graduate Faculty resources to greatly enhanced fellowship applications for a higher probability of success.

Each year, The Graduate School will host Fellowship Program Managers to speak to students during the semester prior to their submission. (In 2013, program managers from the Fulbright Commission and from the American Psychological Association (APA) are tentatively scheduled to visit UM.  Dr. M. Brian Blake (The Graduate Dean and regular Ford Fellowship Reviewer) will give a presentation on submitting to the Ford Foundation.