Grant & Fellowship Writing


PhD Plus is excited to support UVA doctoral students applying for any research fellowship or scholarship program. UVA applicants have access to virtual workshops, mini-writing retreats, feedback sessions, and online materials designed to help you strengthen your application by providing insight into the entire cycle—from drafting your materials to understanding the review process. To help you plan and set goals weeks or months before the deadline, please download a copy of the PhD Plus - Fellowship Applications Timeline and PhD Plus - Fellowship Application Checklist, which includes a month-by-month breakdown of the how you can begin preparing to apply for upcoming programs, as well as tips and important reminders.

Individual Support

Contact Kelly Oman ([email protected]) and Sam Lake ([email protected]) with questions. We are available to provide individual support for fellowship applications (planning, draft feedback, etc). See our advising page for more details about how to schedule a meeting.


Summer Fellowship Workshop Series

For graduate students and postdocs applying to fellowships: gain insight into what reviewers are looking for, develop a better understanding of what made past applications successful, begin drafting application materials that highlight your individual experiences and strengths, receive small group feedback on your personal and research statement ideas, and more. This series is applicable to students in ANY field. Students who are planning to apply for the NSF GRFP are strongly encouraged to participate. 



NSF GRFP Applicant Support

Find more details here: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Preparation Workshops and Other Support

Videos and other resources for NSF GRFP preparation available on this UVA Collab site (open to everyone at UVA). 


PhD Plus - Mini-Writing Retreats

Need time to work on your GRFP or other fellowship application? Do you like to write in a group setting? Join our Mini-Writing Retreats! Each session will start with a brief welcome and some helpful tips, but the focus of the session will be on writing—turning your ideas and draft materials into a final application. Assistant Directors of Research Communication will be there to answer questions and provide feedback on your draft materials.



PhD Plus - Science Policy Fellowship Workshop 

PhD Plus and the Science Policy Initiative at UVA hosted a half-day workshop in July 2023 for graduate students interested in pursuing science policy internship and fellowship opportunities. The 2.5-hour event included an overview of the different types of science policy opportunities (seasonal internships to postgraduate fellowship programs), a panel discussion featuring UVA alums, tips on how to get started, and more.

UVA students can access the workshop recording on Collab (see below).


PhD Plus - Collab Online Resources

Videos, worksheets, and other resources for graduate research and science policy fellowship preparation are available on this UVA Collab site (open to everyone at UVA). 



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