The Jefferson Trust Fellowship Competition

Fellowship proposals are due February 21, 2014 by 5:00pm. Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to

Following the round of pre-proposals, teams will be invited to submit expanded proposals for the Jefferson Trust "Developing Students for Leadership in Data-Intensive Research and Innovation" Fellowship competition.

What is required for a proposal?

Proposals should contain the following items:

  • A three-page, single-spaced research plan (Times New Roman 12-point font, standard margins) that includes a description of the project's novelty and how it will enhance the students' research goals
  • A two-page biosketch or C.V. for each graduate student and for each student's advisor (i.e. two biosketches for each student involved in the project, one for the student and one for her/his advisor)
    • Note that these biosketches/C.V.s should include information about the student's/advisor's background in the subject area and years of experience; previous, current, and planned future research; skills gained and employed in the course of the research career and how these skills will be employed in current and planned research; and any further information about the student's ability to undertake the proposed project (or the advisor's ability to oversee such a project) and what the student will gain from undertaking this project
  • UVa transcripts for each graduate student (transcrips may be unofficial, printed from SIS)
  • A half-page, single-spaced statement (Times New Roman 12-point font, standard margins) on how the project will enhance her/his research and career objectives
  • A statement from each student's advisor stating why the student is appropriate for the project, including her/his qualifications for the research and evidence of her/his collaborative spirit, and how the project will be supported

How will proposals be judged?

The Office of the Vice President for Research Internal Review Committee, along with an interdisciplinary group of faculty members, will review and select proposals for quality, interdisciplinary spirit, innovation, likelihood of success, and potential impact.

What will happen after proposals are submitted?

Winning proposals will be announced several weeks after the proposals are submitted. 

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