This two-hour workshop is open to all students gratis. For those who continue, it also is the first session of the semester-long, 1-3 credit seminar "International Social Science Research (ISSR) Abroad (focus in Africa, ME, Asia, EUR, and Latin Am): Concept, Design, and Praxis". Open to all MSU graduate students - US and foreign – planning to write proposals for funding dissertation or pre-dissertation research abroad for deadlines in 2013 and 2014 - especially the IIE Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad, NSF, Ford Minority Fellowships, and others. The workshop will focus on: 1) Finding sources of funding for pre-dissertation and dissertation research using MSU Library resources and the web, 2) Deadlines for applications in 2013-14, 3) Proposal strategies: understanding the proposal process in national competitions and maximizing your chances for success, 4) What makes a winning proposal? (comments by faculty reviewers on national panels), 5) How I developed a successful dissertation or pre-dissertation proposal (advice from a panel of successful MSU graduate students), and 6) Steps in planning and writing a successful proposal--a summary with handouts.