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Part 3b: Writing your grant like a pro - Structure and style of your grant narrative

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. This training is a follow-up on the Rubicon grant writing training. 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 a unique, worthwhile and feasible idea to paper by filling in a grant proposal form. To get your proposal funded you need to convince and motivate a mixed panel of educated, but not per se expert reviewers, that your proposal is worthwhile funding. Your writing should not only be clear and powerful but also 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. You will intensively practice them in your own writing, creating the first step to funding.

Writing Your Grant Like A Pro is Part 3B of our 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 clear idea about the research you would like to get funded
  • You submit the registration assignment (Background of your grant proposal; see below) together with your registration form
Location, date and time:
  • Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19
  • Day 1: Thursday 21 February 2019, 9am - 5pm
  • Day 2: Wednesday 13 March 2019, 9am - 5pm
  • Coffee, tea and lunch are included

Registration procedure:

  1. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 18, 2019
  2. Upon registration you need to submit the registration assignment as well as the application form to Dr. Eliane Popa via e-mail (deadline: February 18, 2019)

Register here

Get the registration assignment here

Get the application form here

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

Credits : 1.0 ECTS
Costs: € 200
Learning Goals:

During the course participants will learn to:

  • understand the expectations of a mixed audience of grant reviewers and learn how to meet them
  • write the background section of their potential grant proposal and fine-tune it to the reviewers’ expectations, applying key elements of structure and style
  • learn how to 'sell' their grant proposal

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

Responsible Organisation:

Groningen Graduate Schools

Contact: Eliane Popa

Laatst gewijzigd:20 december 2018 09:58