The intention of this page is to provide resources for students wishing to do some sort of research (whether that is applying for a grant or trying to get an internship).

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is an award designed to allow graduate students to focus on research, rather than being a teaching assistant. 

I received the GRFP in 2018, and have included my example essays here for future applicants to use. Also, there is some great advice on Mallory Ladd's website (click here), which I used quite extensively. Good luck!

NSF - GRFP

The GRFP personal essay/statement is here:
The GRFP research essay/statement is here:

The Fulbright program is designed to foster international collaboration between the U.S. and other countries. 

I received the Fulbright in 2015-2016, and have included my example essays here for future applicants to use. Good luck!

Fulbright

The Fulbright personal essay/statement is here:
The Fulbright research essay/statement is here:

Non-traditional methods

of getting a position

One way to work with people is to send them a personalized email. Doug Emlen, during my undergrad at the University of Montana (2014), helped me reach out to researchers in Panama - with the goal of doing some sort of internship there. This is especially helpful if you do not have a lot of other experiences on your CV to vouch for you.

Below is an example of a personalized letter to Dr. Rachel Page (who I ended up working with for ~ 1 year). Doug, as my mentor, followed up with an email of his own to vouch for me. If you have someone who can do the same that is generally very helpful.