Fellowship Proposal Specialist

United States, North America
Jul 18, 2014
About The Unit: Graduate Student Affairs is part of the Office of the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education and supports graduate students at every stage of their academic careers. GSA functions as a one-stop shop for graduate students to access resources that support timely degree completion and to enhance professional preparation that helps them translate their degrees into a variety of careers. GSA works with academic departments and divisions as well as campus-wide offices to develop programs and events and training and support tailored to UChicago graduate students. GSA offers fellowship advising and editing to doctoral and master's students in all divisions and schools and sponsors funding opportunities.

Unit Job Summary: The Fellowship Proposal Specialist is a key element in the fellowship and grant-writing resources offered by the Graduate Student Affairs office. The Specialist will provide writing guidance to graduate students across the University who are applying to fellowships and grants, both in group workshop and one-on-one settings. The Specialist will also work with the University of Chicago's Writing Program to receive ongoing training and professional development. Responsibilities and elements of the job include: Under the guidance of the Assistant Director of Fellowships, develop comprehensive knowledge of the requirements and missions of major graduate fellowship competitions (i.e. the Fulbright Fellowships, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, the Ford Foundation Fellowships, etc). Complete the Academic and Professional Writing course ("Little Red Schoolhouse") and receive hands-on text analysis training from Writing Program Directors. Provide feedback on graduate students' fellowship proposal drafts in the following ways: Read a full or partial draft of a proposal and comment on its overall argumentation. This kind of comment can include, but is not limited to, logical flow of argument, feasibility of the project, alignment with the mission of the funding agency, etc. Read a full or partial draft of a proposal and comment on its organization, both globally and at the paragraph level. Spot patterns of grammatical errors in a student's prose and teach the student how to identify and correct these patterns. Make suggestions for how to revise a proposal for greater coherence, clarity, and persuasiveness of the proposal. Deliver grant-writing workshops throughout the academic year in collaboration with the Assistant Director of Fellowships. Other duties may be assigned as this role develops and other areas of need are identified.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.

Unit Experience: Experience working in a tutoring or mentoring capacity required. Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred. Demonstrated success in writing proposals for funding preferred. Strong written and communication skills required. Must be able to work independently and take initiative in fulfilling responsibilities. Strong skills with all Microsoft Office applications required

Unit Job Function Competencies: Knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling and style required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Editing skills required. Creativity required. Problem-solving skills required. Ability to work independently required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required. Knowledge of MS Office Suite, especially Word and PowerPoint required. Presentation skills preferred. Interviewing skills preferred. Knowledge of desktop publishing, Web authoring/design and graphic design software preferred.