SLU Fellowship Proposal Guidelines 2017-2018

Guidelines for the proposal content are given below. 

Your proposal should include the listed components, organized in the order described below:
I. Title
II. Abstract: 250-300 words summarizing the goals of the project, written using non-specialized terms that a general audience can understand.
III. Body of Proposal: not to exceed six pages excluding any figures and tables.  Text should be written in a 12-point font and double spaced.
IV. Appendices A-F, described below.

Components of part III., the Body of the Proposal:

Listed below are some general guidelines and questions that the committee will be evaluating. The specific structure of the body of the proposal may vary significantly among academic disciplines, and it is therefore critical that the applicant consult closely with her/his mentor to format the proposal in a manner best suited for conveying specialized content to a non-specialized audience. Be advised that badly organized, poorly written, unclear or incomplete proposals will not receive funding.

IIIa. Introduction:
In this section, please address all of the questions below. The questions do not need to be addressed in any particular order, but should be integrated into a thoughtful, cohesive and clear narrative.

-Broadly stated, describe the goal(s) of your project. For example, what scholarship do you plan to perform, what specific questions do you plan to answer, or what hypotheses do you want to test? Important note: the committee will pay particular attention to whether or not the completion of stated goals of the project are feasible within the 6-8 week period of the fellowship.

- Why is the topic of personal interest to you, and why will the topic be of interest to a broader audience?

-Place your project in the context of related or relevant existing scholarship by others. For example, thoroughly describe any published literature, research, or works of art that are relevant to your project or have inspired your proposal.

-How does your project fit within or add to existing scholarship in the field?

-What will the final product(s) of your project be? Examples of final products could include musical compositions, works of art, essays, and research papers/reports.

-How will the final project accomplishments be disseminated to a broad audience? Examples of dissemination include planned art exhibits, live and recorded performances, publications, and conference presentations. It is important to be as specific as possible; i.e. what is the name of the journal, publishing company, conference, website, museum, etc. that you plan to submit/present your work?

-How will you benefit personally, academically, and/or professionally from this scholarship?

-What benefits will this project provide to the University and/or the community at large?

IIIb. Project Approach/Design/Methodology

In this section of your proposal you will describe how you will accomplish the goals you delineated in the introduction. As above, the questions below do not need to be addressed in any particular order, but should be integrated into a thoughtful, cohesive and clear narrative.

-Using terms that a general audience can understand, describe the approach, design, or methods you will use to complete the project. 

-Describe what a typical work day on this project will be for you. Will you be working primarily in a studio, the library, a lab? What types of specific things will you be doing? It is expected that you will spend 40 hours of work per week on your project.

-Are there any foreseeable obstacles that you might encounter while working on this project?  If so, how will you address these?

--What resources are needed for the project to be completed successfully?  Comment on the availability of these items at SLU.  If any items need to be purchased, be sure to itemize these in an Appendix at the end of the proposal.

-If you plan to work with human participants, please include your IRB approval letter OR address where you are in the submission/approval process. If you plan to work with human participants but don’t need IRB approval, please explain.

IV. Appendices:
- Appendix A Literature or Resources Cited: Complete references to any scholarship cited in your proposal should appear here.

- Appendix B Project Timeline: Using a narrative or tabular format, briefly outline your weekly goals for progress on your project.  It is expected that you will work 40 hours per week on your project, and your timeline should reflect this.  Please explain whether and why you plan to deviate from this requirement.

-Appendix C Level of Preparation for the research proposed.  List: Skills/technique/knowledge needed to complete the project. Describe any relevant classes and grades received; other experience (laboratory work, internship, etc.)

-Appendix D Itemized Budget. If applying for any expenses to be paid by the SLU Fellowship program, you must submit a detailed rationale and detailed budget.

-Appendix E IRB or IACUC approval letter. If you plan to work with human subjects, please include your IRB approval letter.  If you plan to work with human subjects but don't need IRB approval, please explain. If you plan to work with animals, please include your IACUC approval letter OR address where you are in the submission/approval process.

-Appendix F Deviation from Official Timeline. If you will be studying abroad in a program that lasts into the summer or if you must be absent from the program for an extended time, it is expected that you will compensate for this time prior to the start of the project.  Please explain how you will spend time working on the project/what you will accomplish to account for this reduced time on the project.