Top 10 Mistakes Made By Fellowship Applicants
Overstate or exaggerate accomplishments and/or experiences. Chances are that someone on your interview panel will be an expert in the subject.
Utilize words or concepts that you do not fully understand.
Use leadership and/or service examples from high school – Fellowship reviewers are interested in the timely and relevant, which, for postgraduate fellowships, means your college years.
Write about a generic experience – You should develop a consistent story line that focuses on your unique aspects: Get personal.
Go over the word limit.
Have typos, misspelled words, and incorrect grammar usage.
Use formalities, generic phrases, and cliches – Content should always be individualized and illustrate personal reflection.
Forget to remind recommenders about deadlines – Be sure to (kindly, respectfully) remind them early, and remind them often.
Wait until the month before the application is due to begin – A successful application is time consuming. If you start early, your chance of success rises exponentially.
Overuse jargon – When used economically and effectively, jargon shows that you have a comfortable command of the vocabulary and concepts: Use jargon sparingly and with a purpose.