FEF Cannot Offer Feedback on Your Application

An applicant who did not receive an award wrote asking for feedback:

Would you happen to be able to offer me any suggestions as to how I can improve my application for other scholarship contests or if I decide to reapply next year? I would appreciate any constructive criticism you may have.

The FEF secretary’s response:

I’m not part of the review committee, and I did not evaluate the applications. Time does not permit me to answer your question in the manner it deserves.

Let me just say that the review process has an element of subjectivity. Other people may have reviewed the applications and determined that yours deserved an award. Sometimes the review committee sees too many of one type of academic program and prefers another.

Finally, it is FEF’s policy not to disclose the contents of recommendation letters to applicants.

One thing which I should have added in my response. Everybody who submits the application should read the Frequently Asked Questions document. There are some good tips for making a better application.

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