The Office of Academic Affairs and Scholarships
- has information about many funding organizations
- offers ideas and suggestions about where else to go for funding information
- offers up-to-date notices of job openings and internships
- offers information about study abroad programs
- cannot help you write a grant proposal
If you haven't done so already, stop by Student Financial Services to discuss your eligibility for federal financial aid. The office is located at 72 Fifth Avenue on the Lower Level; to schedule an appointment, call 212-229-8930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check the bulletin boards in in the List Academic Center at 6 East 16th Street including:
- Outside the Academic Affairs and Scholarships' office (10th floor)
- Office of the Dean (10th floor)
- Departmental bulletin boards (Psychology department is at 80 Fifth Avenue)
The Raymond Fogelman Library
The New School
55 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10003
The New York Public Library
Department of Education 455 Fifth Avenue
(at 40th Street, SE corner)
New York, NY 10018
The Institute for International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
The Elmer Bobst Library
New York University
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10003
1st Flr Reference Desk:
The Foundation Center
79 Fifth Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets)
New York, NY 10003
Contacting Funding Organizations
Once you have found what you think is an appropriate funding organization, you will need more information about that organization. Many organizations require an initial letter of inquiry; others accept telephone inquiries. If you need to contact an organization by letter, make sure that your are succinct, stating explicitly the purpose of your inquiry. If the organization will accept phone calls, that's great—you'll save days or even weeks of mail time. When you call, just ask for an information packet. The organization will most likely send you a brochure that tells you about their philosophy and the specific eligibility requirements and deadlines associated with their fellowship and scholarship programs. An application form will normally be included. If you need still more information, you could ask for a recent annual report, a list of past reviewers, and/or a list of past recipients. These are legitimate requests, although not all organizations will oblige you. Many organizations publish the information you need on their Websites, and Website information is often more up-to-date than any reference book and often replicates any pamphlet the organization publishes. Some funding Websites have application forms online that you can print out or simply fill out and submit online. Online applications save enormous amounts of time and energy.
Once you have contacted an organization and gained as much information as you can about that organization, you can begin the proposal writing process. A helpful pamphlet on proposal writing is The Art of Proposal Writing, published by the Social Science Research Council.
By simply looking at blank application forms, you can see that the application process is long and tedious. This process requires assembling many different materials, including references and transcripts. It takes a lot of thought to formulate a coherent project. Many application materials include lengthy directions for filling out the application, details about eligibility requirements, and other contractual agreements necessary for a successful proposal. Be sure you fully understand the requirements and restrictions of an application before you begin. It is very important to follow the directions meticulously when filling out the application.
- The Office of Academic Affairs and Scholarships keeps on hand application forms for the National Science Foundation, Fulbright, and Fulbright-Hays, which you may want to look over even if you are not planning to apply to those institutions.
- The Office of Academic Affairs and Scholarships also keeps on file the essays from selected past students' applications, applications that were successful in securing funding from organizations like DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and Fulbright. If you are planning to apply to these particular organizations, you are strongly encouraged to request copies and study these essays. Even if you are applying to other organizations, studying these essays will undoubtedly help you with write your proposal.
It is important to ask as many people as you can for advice about your search for funding and your fledgling proposal. Talk to your faculty advisor, other faculty members, your student advisor, fellow students, and friends.
Your faculty advisor is one of the best sources of constructive critique of both your search for funding and the project for which you seek funding. However, since most faculty members have limited time, you will also need to seek the advice of others. Your student advisor may be able to tell you what funding agencies have previously awarded funds to students in your department and may even keep a file of successful applications from previous years. Be sure to ask.
Fellow students may also be helpful. Consider forming grantwriting groups with your colleagues to read one another's proposals. Critical assessment from peers is an efficient way for each person to receive advice from many different perspectives. Remember that you will most likely rewrite your proposal several times before actually submitting it. Using as many reviewers as possible not only helps you catch and correct errors of grammar and spelling, but can help you more objectively assess the conceptual feasibility and intellectual worth of your project.