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Part 2: From Chaos to Focus: How to develop your own research plan

Course type:
two 4-hour workshops, assignments prior to and in between workshops
approximately 12 hours (including assignments between the 2workshops)
3rd / 4th year PhD students who want to continue in academic research
Module information:

‘From chaos to focus’(Fc2F) targets PhD students who want to make their ideas for research after their PhD more tangible and focused on the subject(s) that really make their heart tick. The point of departure for the workshop is the chaos in your head about all the fun subjects you would like to work on after your PhD graduation. Using interactive exercises we will progress from this chaos to your personal storyboard and a draft strategic plan that will assist you in advancing to the next stage, writing your personal project proposal.

Knowing yourself marks the start of this adventurous process. Being able to incorporate your rough ideas into a project focus is the second step. Knowing whom to turn to for support comes next. Finally, making your future proposal more convincing relates to knowing who is going to judge the project, what these judges (people or organizations) are looking for, and how they arrive at their judgement, i.e., knowing their benchmarks.

In between the two workshops, you are expected to work on two assignments that are related to writing your own grant proposal in the future, yet some of the tools you will work with can also be applied to proposal writing in a non-academic career setting.

Instructor: Prof. Ingrid Molema

From Chaos to Focus is Part 2 of a three-part series on grant writing for PhD students:

(All courses can be taken separately as well)

Date and time:
  • Day 1: Tuesday 8 October 2024, 13:00-17:00
  • Day 2: Tuesday 29 October 2024, 13:00-17:00

You will be expected to attend both sessions, which can not be taken separately.


On location in Groningen; details will be sent to participants.

€ 100
1.0 ECTS
Learning Goals:
  • Learn about your personal and professional strengths as a junior scientist, and personal and professional features that can be/should be strengthened to further a scientific career.
  • Learn how to use the ‘project story board’ to identify which subjects of your research could best be pursued,and on what considerations such a decision is based.
  • Learn to ask for help from more experienced scientists to shape your own project proposal, and apply this to further focus your proposal.
  • Learn about the importance of the structure of a project proposal to convince reviewers to support your application.

Keywords: personal strengths & weaknesses, ideas, focus, choices, mentor, grant proposal structure, convincing

Responsible Organisation:
Groningen Graduate Schools - email:

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