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National Scholarship Guide

Chester Fritz Library resources for national scholarships

Develop your Ideas with Additional Information

Scholarships might require essays or research proposals where additional information would be immensely helpful. Check the requirements for your scholarship.

For instance, the Fulbright application requires you to submit a Statement of Grant Purpose. This 2-page document outlines Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of what you are proposing for your Fulbright year. If you are pursuing a research project, developing a strong, feasible and compelling project is the most important aspect of a successful Fulbright application. The first step is to familiarize yourself with the program summary for your host country in order to verify the type of grant you can propose.  The resources below can help you explore and refine a research project.

Background Research

Here are some suggestions. Consult with a Librarian for more assistance.

1) Reference & News Sources (for current news)

Reference sources, such as those in Credo Reference, can get you started with background information on topics and references to further your research. News sources can help you find recent trends and current affairs. Under the Country tab, BBC News & Under the Language tab, NHK for Japanese news are some other sources. Many of our library reference & news sources are online, including:

2) Subject Research Guides

Subject research guides are created by our librarians and will point you to the best starting places for research in particular subjects.


3) Chester Fritz Library Books & Articles Search

Our library catalog that lets you search for books, articles, videos and more on any topic. Enter a few keywords to get started.  Once you've done a search, you can narrow results by the type of source, when they were published, and by subject. The ADVANCED SEARCH provides a Language filter for sources.

4) Academic Search Ultimate


5) Web of Science

6) Medline Complete

7) Literature Reviews of your field of study

  • Check databases with your topic AND ("literature review*" OR "review of the literature")
  •  Find out more on our Literature Reviews Research Guide

8) Government & Public Policy

9) Statistics -- a few options -- Ask for additional help