GEN Fellowship Individual Application Form

Personal Profile
Educational Experience
Language Experience

Please attach your current curriculum vitae.

Your personal statement is an important part of the application because it allows you to represent yourself in a way beyond your transcript and other personal statistics. In 500 words or less, prepare an essay that describes who you are and why you are applying for a GEN grant.

Executive Summary

Your executive summary is one of the most important parts of your proposal. It should provide a picture of your overall program and summarize all of the key information. This section must grab the reader’s attention and convince the reader that this project should be considered for support. Be certain to include:

Problem – A brief statement about the problem you have identified and are prepared to address (1-2 paragraphs)

Solution – A short description of the project including what will happen, how many people will benefit, how will it be implemented, where will it take place, for how long, and who is on the project team (1-2 paragraphs)

Organization and Expertise – A brief statement of your/your organization’s name, history, purpose, and relevant history of activities and capacity to implement your GEN project

The next step is to build the reader’s interest in your project by helping the reader understand the problem that you seek to remedy. The statement of need teaches the reader more about the relevant issues. It presents the facts and evidence that support the need for the project and establishes that you understand the problems and therefore can reasonably address them. Make sure to check the source of your information and only use reliable sources with up to date information.

Project Description

This section describes the technical details of your project in a way that continues to build the interest of the reader. This section should have four subsections: objectives, methods, staffing/administration, and evaluation.

Objectives – These are the measurable outcomes of the program. Your objectives must be tangible, specific, concrete, measurable and achievable in a specific amount of time. These are not your goals, which are more abstract than objectives.

Methods – The methods describe the specific activities that will take place to achieve the objectives.

How - This is a detailed description of what will occur from the time the project begins until completion.

When – Present the order and timing for the various tasks. It might be helpful to make a timetable to present this information.

Why – You need to defend your chosen methods and show why they are the best way to proceed. Why will your plan work?

Please briefly describe your vision for the future of your project. How will your project continue to impact the targeted community beyond the duration of your program? How might it expand to reach an increased number of beneficiaries?

Staff and Administration – Discuss the number of staff you will have, their qualifications, and specific assignments. Details about individual staff members can be included here. Staff can be volunteers, consultants as well as paid members of your team.

Evaluation – This section describes how you and Future Generations China will know if the proposed project is successful or not. If done well, evaluation answers the following questions:
Did the desired outcomes occur?

Did they result from my program’s intervention?

Were the strategies adopted the correct ones, or were there approaches that would have been more effective?

Is the impact on the nonprofit’s audience discernible and will it last?

Service Experience