Graduate Fellowship Resources
• Individual foundation websites
• 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.
• Institutional Advancement Libguide - A library source to find possible funding opportunities and other funding databases.
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?