Personal Statements, Statements of Purpose, and Grant Proposals

Polished essays with a clear structure and engaging theme make all the difference in fellowship and scholarship applications. In some cases, these essays determine whether you receive an interview for the award; in others, they take the place of an interview. Choose your words carefully, use active voice, and plan for multiple drafts!

Curriculum Vitae

Most fellowships and scholarships require a CV, which is not synonymous with résumé. While some of the components are similar, the format and scope is much different.

Letters of Recommendation

Identify faculty or other mentors who can write a strong letter of recommendation for you. You may want to schedule an appointment to ask the professor in person and to express your interest in the award. Choose people who know your academic abilities and potential well and who can speak to your unique qualifications for this award. For most fellowships and scholarships, faculty and research mentors make the best recommenders. However, you may also include internship supervisors or community leaders as appropriate. Ask each recommender at least one month in advance to allow sufficient time to draft the letter.

NB: Under NO circumstances should students write letters of recommendation and ask faculty to sign them, nor should faculty suggest this practice. UAB will not send forward an application with such letters.

Permission Form and Waiver

Should you be selected as a UAB nominee for a national or international fellowship or scholarship, you will need to sign a Nomination Consent, Release and Waiver form and return it to Ashley Floyd in Heritage Hall 525.