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  • See the graduate director on a regular basis.
  • Take the core courses during your first year.
  • Make "normal progress" toward your degree.
    • Maintain at least a B average.
    • Avoid incompletes-finish every course.
    • Take enough hours to complete the degree in a timely fashion.
  • Take advantage of departmental opportunities:
    • Apply for TA Assistantship.
    • All TAs are eligible for assistance to attend conventions.
    • Find a mentor-a faculty member who can help guide you through the program.
    • Get involved in the departmental brown-bag lunches and other seminars by visiting scholars.
  • Get to know other students. Remember, if you are not having fun, you are doing something wrong.

How to Write Winning Proposals: Advice From All Over

Chapter 5, “Grantsmanship in Support of Study and Research,” in Cynthia Verba’s Scholarly Pursuits: A Guide to Professional Development During the Graduate Years

Social Science Research Council, On the Art of Writing Proposals

State of Delaware, Tips on Applying for Grants

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Tips for Writing a Successful Grant Proposal

Chris Blattman, PhD Students: Writing an NSF application

Columbia University, Writing a Grant Proposal: Writing Tips and Application Forms

P. E. Bourne and L.M. Chalupa, Ten Simple Rules for Getting Grants