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Getting to Know Your Funder

by | Aug 1, 2016 | Doctoral Funding Mentoring Program, Proposal Writing Advice

One of the biggest challenges in grant writing is determining your audience. For this week, we asked you to start getting to know your funder, but it can be hard to get to know a funder when they seem so impersonal. This week, get creative and transform your funder into a real person, a real reader, and write a post describing them. This post will involve looking into your particular funder’s application components to understand what they seek in an awardee.

Start by giving your reader a name and a personality (which you can gather from the funder’s mission statement). What are they looking for? What are their likes and dislikes in a grantee? Is he or she an expert in your field? Are they skeptical? Do they really want to hear about your volunteer work or your diverse experiences? Tell us! By letting loose you will allow your imagination to take the wheel, you will hopefully be able to get a better sense of what the fellowship or grant committee needs from you and why they need it. Group A should post responses by 8 p.m. on Thursday August 4th. Group C will post comments by 8 p.m. on Sunday August 7th.

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