Frequently Asked Questions
General and Essay
I am not sure if my research is a good fit for this fellowship. What areas of research is the Link Foundation interested in funding?
You can review topics that have been funded on the Projects Awarded page. It is up to you to explain to the evaluation committee how your research fits into these areas of emphasis.
Is there a requirement on format for the essay portion?
There is no format requirement. APA is preferred. Images may be used. The file submitted must be in PDF format.
Project Objective, Timeline and Budget
Since the fellowship is explicitly given as a stipend, what information should be included in the budget?
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 how well you have planned and understand your project. Most applicants have one page for this.
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 email@example.com 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.
Can a letter of recommendation come from outside the U.S.?
Yes, however the application system will not give you an option to enter a mailing address outside of the U.S. Enter the recommender’s name, institution and email, and use your institution’s mailing address.
How are stipend funds delivered?
The money will be sent to the university, and the university will 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 July.
What if I complete my degree early or withdraw from their degree program?
If a student does not expend the full amount of an awarded fellowship, either because the student completes work toward their degree in less time than the full duration of the fellowship or because the student withdraws from their degree program, unexpended funds will be returned to the Link Foundation.