“The Proposal Project,” funded by the Southern Miss Fund, aims to: 1) strengthen grant-writing skills of graduate students through training and practice; and 2) increase the number of externally-funded fellowships and traineeships awarded to graduate students at Southern Miss. In partnership with the Center for Faculty Development, grant-writing workshops will be held twice per semester, providing training to enable students to identify potential funding sources, to prepare competitive proposals, and to navigate the submission process. Eligible students (as determined the the ranking committee) who submit an approved proposal will receive a cash award of $500 whether the proposal is funded or not. During this inaugural year (academic year 2019-20), awards will be limited to five recipients in fall 2019 and five recipients in spring/summer 2020.
Fall 2019 workshop schedule:
The LOI (limited to one page) must include the following elements:
Purpose of the LOI:
The LOI will be used to pre-screen intended proposals for student eligibility, adherence to expectations for funding source and budget, and quality of the project.
Deadlines for LOI’s:
LOI’s will be ranked by a committee representing all colleges, and the student will be informed of the ranking the LOI receives. Those receiving top five rankings will be eligible for the cash award following submission of the approved proposal. If a top 5-ranked student fails to submit an approved proposal, the next person in line will be eligible for the award.
Minimum expectations of the proposed budget:
Following final submission of the approved proposal, the student’s major advisor or committee chair must provide a letter to the Dean of the Graduate School affirming support of the project, acknowledging review and approval of the submitted proposal, and confirming submission of the proposal.
A $500 check will be mailed (or direct deposited) to the student upon receipt of the letter of verification.
Graduate School contact:
Ms. Lindsey Jones | Lindsey.garrityFREEMississippi | Ph: 601.266.6567