Frequently Asked Questions
General and Essay
I am not sure if my research is a good fit for this fellowship. Can you tell me more about what areas of research the Link Foundation is interested in funding? For the Modeling, Simulation, and Training Fellowship, the Foundation is especially interested in research that is ultimately applicable to human-in-the-loop simulation. Areas of research emphasis include
- Developing or applying technologies that enables or improves modeling and simulation
- Modeling and simulating interactive, real-world environments in which people function
- Training and preparing individuals to perform in interactive environments through the use of simulators
Please read the information on the web site carefully about what the Foundation is interested in funding. You should also review the topics that have been funded for fellowships on the Projects Awarded page. As the researcher, it is up to you to explain to the judges how your research fits into these areas of emphasis. There is additional information in the Fellowship’s flyer, available here and on the Program Guideline page.
Is there a requirement on the format for the essay portion? Can I use images?
There is no format requirement. APA is preferred. The file submitted must be in PDF format. Yes, images may be used.
Project Objective, Timeline and Budget
For the budget plan, since the fellowship is explicitly given as a stipend, I am not certain about what information should be included.
The budget is for your research and is not how you will spend the stipend. A good budget shows us you have a well-planned project and are more likely to be successful in your work.
How detailed should the project objectives be?
The project objectives and timeline help show us how well you have planned and understand your project. Most applicants have one page for this.
Should project objectives simply be listed and described? What are you looking for in terms of project objectives?
We are looking to assess your probability of success. This is also a good place to put in information that doesn’t fit in the 500-word essay. Format is your choice.
Letters of Recommendation
Can I change my advisor?
Yes. You will need to change it in two places. First in your profile. And then in the letters of recommendation.
My research advisor submitted the letter of recommendation for me, but now wishes to resubmit an updated letter. Is there any way that we can do it?
Yes, but you cannot do it yourself. Please have your recommender email the Letter of Recommendation to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will swap the updated letter for the old letter in your application file. Have them include applicant’s name and project title in the email.
Our fall semester will begin in August 2022. Is there a way to have the start of the fellowship to be in August 2022 instead of July 2022?
The fellow is mailed a contract (Conditions of Acceptance Form) by USPS that has to be signed by the Administrative Officer of the University as well as you and others and returned by June 1.
The Foundation’s fiscal year is July 1 to June 30 so that is the term of the fellowship cannot be changed. How the university disperses the stipend it is up to the university.
How would stipend funds be delivered
The money will be sent to the university in two payments, and the university should then distribute it to the Fellow. How the university disperses it is up to the university. Some schools disperse it to the student the same way they pay GSAs and probably start at the beginning of the Fall Term. The physical check probably will not actually get to the school until late July, so this works out well. Then, some schools just put the money in the student’s account and the student can with draw it out as they want.