Are you a Claremont Graduate University (CGU) student with an idea that will advance the field of evaluation? Apply for the Faster Forward Fellowship to share your ideas.

The Faster Forward Fellowship is awarded to CGU students whose ideas offer potential to accelerate the theory and practice of evaluation.

Fellowships are awarded based on submissions of a written essay that focuses on the discipline of evaluation, its methods, or its applications.

The $5,000 prize will be awarded to the student (or students, if two tie) who submits the best essay. Winning essays will be judged by senior CGU faculty, and will be published on the 3F website.


To apply for the Faster Forward Fellowship you will need to follow two steps:

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest, a one-page abstract of your proposed essay idea. All applicants will receive written feedback on their abstract.
  2. Submit your Final Application, an essay of between 2,000 and 5,000 words that reflects the evolution of your ideas through this process.

Both the Expression of Interest and the Final Application should be submitted to fasterforwardfund@gmail.com with a subject line that begins ‘3Ffellowship.’


  1. Expression of Interest is DUE JULY 10th
  2. Final Applications are DUE AUGUST 10th


Applicants must meet two eligibility criteria:

  1. Students must be currently enrolled at Claremont Graduate University.
  2. Students must have taken (or be taking) at least one evaluation course at Claremont Graduate University (exemptions can be made on a case-by-case basis for students who can show they have equivalent background knowledge or experience in evaluation).

Additionally, essays must be about the discipline of evaluation (or part of it), its methods, or its applications.


Essays will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. The essay must put forward an original suggestion that is intended to improve the current theory or practice of evaluation, either in its usual fields (e.g., education, health) or in some other field that requires evaluation (e.g., water purity, sports, anything else that someone might evaluate).
  2. The essay must reflect ideas or conclusions that are “out of the box”, such as a new concept, point of view, method, application of evaluation, etc.
  3. The topic addressed should be important, either academically or socially.
  4. There must be careful consideration of the impact of your idea or proposal on humans in extreme need. You don’t have to prove potential help to a group, but you do have to prove that you looked diligently for it, and you can earn points for showing your concept’s significant impacts in this dimension.


  • Please do not include your name on the title page or in your paper.
  • Email your entry with your name and the paper title clearly noted in the body of the email (reviewers will review the essays anonymously).
  • Questions, exemption requests, and submissions should be emailed to: fasterforwardfund@gmail.com with a subject line that begins ‘3Ffellowship.’

We look forward to reading your ideas!