As with any proposal, writing a fellowship application is about convincing the reviewer – the person whose job it is to read your proposal and give their opinion according to the evaluation criteria. Think about those people (usually at least 3) and be kind to them by making your document easily readable by:
- Using reasonable font size
- Breaking up the pages of text with figures and tables
- Highlighting the important parts
- Using the language of reviewers
Not the least important is to make the reviewer interested in what you have to say – write it in a story-like, convincing and enthusiastic style. This aspect is not something that is measured by the evaluation criteria but most certainly has a lot of influence on the reviewer’s perception of you and your proposal.
Writing, in general, can be a hard work. Make sure you have enough time. That being said, “enough time” is very individual, just like the fellowship! What you should consider, though, is to leave enough time for someone else to read it and read it again by yourself. The review process in its essence is the collective opinion of several people on your proposal, framed by the evaluation criteria. The more opinions you receive before the submission, the better your chances are to consider and implement in your writing more than just one point. Reading it again with a fresh mind will allow you to spot any typos and errors that might not be so obvious in the heat of inspirational writing. Avoiding those silly mistakes will once again help to nurture the reviewer’s positive perception of you and your proposal.