Graduate Fellowship Resources
- The Foundation Center - The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grant makers and their grants.
- Philanthropy News Digest – a weekly service of the Foundation Center
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy - "The newspaper of the nonprofit world" some portions of the web site is available only to subscribers.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education - The major news service in the United States academic world. Presents news and information for college and university faculty members and administration.
There are a number of proposal-writing guides available. One good resource is the Foundation Center a nonprofit organization that offers a wide variety of resources for dealing with foundations. It offers free, online courses, including a Proposal Writing Course and Proposal Budgeting Basics.
When thinking through your proposal, consider the following questions:
- What is the issue to be addressed? Frame your project in the context of a larger issue (global, regional, national, societal) and show how your project will address that issue or otherwise move the field forward.
- Is the timing propitious?
- Why is WPI the ideal institution to address the issue?
- What will the outcomes be?
- How will you accomplish those outcomes?
- What do you need (time, money, facilities, people) to do it?
- How will you gauge your success?
- Why are you sending this particular proposal to this particular foundation?