In this example, we outline the time line by working backwards from the last deadline. This is a good way of working out most time lines.
|Time before deadline||Task to complete|
|One day||Submit your application.|
|Three days||Xerox the final version. Don't wait till the last day. Xerox machines don't work on the last day.|
|One week||Fill out the final version on the form. Proof read it. Ask others to proof read it.|
|Two weeks||Revise the draft. Check that the important points stand out.|
|Three weeks||Ask others for comments on your draft, especially other students who have been awarded such an scholarship.|
|Four weeks||Make the second draft perfect.|
|Five weeks||Write the first draft. You need a contiguous block of uninterrupted time for this. Take a long week-end. Put it away for a week.|
|Six weeks||Ask for letters of reference. Provide each with your info package|
|Seven weeks||Get all the stuff together. Read the application carefully. Update your info package (CV, transcripts, letter of goals and achievements).|
|At least 2 months||Think about your career goals. Select a potential supervisor.|
|Now||Go to the granting agency's web site. Find out the deadlines. Get the application forms.|
It may seem that starting 2 months before the deadline is a bit of an overkill. It is not. You need this lead time to fit into other people's deadlines. By starting early you might actually save time. With a little luck, you may not be spending more a day or two, in total, actually working on the application.
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