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Structure and Style: the narrative of your grant proposal

Course type: Two-day workshop
Duration: Two full-day workshops with assignments prior to and in between workshops

3rd / 4th year PhD students who wish to pursue a career in research. Ideally, you have participated in the workshops ‘Beginner’s guide to grant writing’ and ‘From chaos to focus’, although this is not a requirement.

Module information:

Writing a grant proposal is more than just committing your unique, worthwhile and feasible idea to paper by filling in a grant proposal form. To get your proposal funded you need to anticipate how it will be received by a mixed panel of educated, but not per se expert reviewers. Your writing should clearly inform, convince and motivate this panel to judge your proposal to be worthwhile funding. In other words, your writing should take your proposal from telling to selling.

The heart of powerful writing is a compelling narrative. In this interactive training you will familiarize yourself with the elements of structure and style, the two pillars of a narrative, and will intensively practice them in your own writing, creating a first step to funding.

Structure and Style is Part 3 of a four part series on grant writing for PhD students:

See also for information on these other workshops.

Requirements for participation (compulsory):
  • You have previously written a research paper or book chapter.
  • You have a rough idea about the research you would like to get funded.
  • You perform the registration assignments (Storyboard and Background; see below), and submit them no later than the deadline.
  • You participate in the intake interview.
Date and time:
  • Day 1: Thursday November 15th, 2018, 9am-5pm.
  • Day 2: Tuesday December 18th, 9am - 5pm.
  • Coffee, tea, and lunch are included.

Register here

Number of participants: Min. 6, max. 12.

Stepwise registration procedure:

  1. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 21, 2018. Upon registration you will receive the first registration assignment by mail.
  2. Perform the ‘Storyboard’ assignment and submit to Dr. Eliane Popa by e-mail BEFORE SEPTEMBER 21.
  3. Participate in the intake interview (you will receive information on the intake interview by mail.) The interviews will take place between October 1-5.
  4. Write the Background of your potential grant proposal according to these instructions (will be provided at the end of the intake interview) and e-mail to Eliane Popa BEFORE NOVEMBER 1, 2018.
Credits : 1.0 ECTS
Costs: € 200
Learning Goals:

During the course participants will learn to:

  • narrow down and select potential topics for a grant proposal, using the ‘Story Board’ method.
  • understand the expectations of a mixed audience of grant reviewers and learn how to meet them.
  • apply the main elements of structure and style.
  • write a background to their potential grant proposal and fine-tune it to the reviewers’ expectations, based on techniques of structure and style.

Keywords: Grant proposal, writing techniques, audience, structure, elements of style, reviewers’ expectations

Responsible Organisation:

Groningen Graduate Schools

Contact: Eliane Popa

Last modified:03 October 2018 12.22 p.m.