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FSS – Successful Grant Writing

In this workshop you will learn how to write a structured text, how to put your scientific proposal in an improved “sales” perspective and how to write reader friendly and convincing text in a clear and concise way.

How do you get attention when there is so much competition to obtain a grant? Grant proposals are nothing less but a quotation. It has to give a solution for an existing problem in society/science. It is therefore necessary to focus on the essence (your aim) and on the quality of the deliverables at the end of the project. Saying more while saying (writing) less is crucial for successful grant applications.   

Course Description

Course content  

During the workshop you work on your proposal. You will learn to write a structured, concise and clear text conveying your enthusiasm and scientific quality. You will learn how to balance between peer and non-peer readers of your proposal. You will do this through several exercises, based on your own work, which you complete individually and in small groups. Sharing and discussing your work with other participants, makes this workshop extremely useful.  

 Course objectives 

At the end of the workshop you will know how to write a structured text, how to put your scientific proposal in an improved “sales” perspective and how to write reader friendly and convincing text in a clear and concise way. You will also know which criteria are important for a grant proposal and what referees are looking for. 

 This course is aimed at FSS PhD candidates in their second half/end of their PhD trajectory and preparing for a career inside academia 

Study Characteristics

  • Discipline: Sociology
  • Type of education: On campus only
  • Language: English
  • ECTS: 0,5
  • Academic skill: skills
  • Graduate School: Graduate School of Social Sciences 
  • Start date: 14-11-2022
  • End date: 28-11-2022
  • Minimum number of students: 5
  • Maximum number of students: 10-15
  • Admission criteria: This course is open to FSS PhD candidates who aim to apply for a grant. As you will work on your personal proposal during the workshop, you will need to have an idea about your proposal. This course is open to VU-PhD’s from ABRI,  Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences (FGB), and faculty of Law (if there is a fit) and when space allows.
  • Concluding assessment: To obtain credits for the workshop, participants are required to actively participate in both sessions and fulfill the assignments. 
  • With certificate:  Yes 
  • Schedule info:

Assignment 1: half A4 research idea/proposal (note that your proposal will be discussed plenary) 

Session 1: 14 November 2022, 12:00-16:00 -  Including sandwiches 

Assignment 2: reviewed  research idea/proposal 

Session 2:  28 November 2022, 12:00-16:00 - Including sandwiches 

Session 3: individual meetings 

  • Registration deadline: 30 October 2022 
  • Available to FSS PhD candidates in their second half/end of their PhD trajectory and preparing for a career inside academia. VU-PhD’s from ABRI,  Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences (FGB), and faculty of Law (if there is a fit) and when space allows.  
  • Name of teacher: Marco Last
  • Course Description & Study Characteristics

    Course Description

    Course content  

    During the workshop you work on your proposal. You will learn to write a structured, concise and clear text conveying your enthusiasm and scientific quality. You will learn how to balance between peer and non-peer readers of your proposal. You will do this through several exercises, based on your own work, which you complete individually and in small groups. Sharing and discussing your work with other participants, makes this workshop extremely useful.  

     Course objectives 

    At the end of the workshop you will know how to write a structured text, how to put your scientific proposal in an improved “sales” perspective and how to write reader friendly and convincing text in a clear and concise way. You will also know which criteria are important for a grant proposal and what referees are looking for. 

     This course is aimed at FSS PhD candidates in their second half/end of their PhD trajectory and preparing for a career inside academia 

    Study Characteristics

    • Discipline: Sociology
    • Type of education: On campus only
    • Language: English
    • ECTS: 0,5
    • Academic skill: skills
    • Graduate School: Graduate School of Social Sciences 
    • Start date: 14-11-2022
    • End date: 28-11-2022
    • Minimum number of students: 5
    • Maximum number of students: 10-15
    • Admission criteria: This course is open to FSS PhD candidates who aim to apply for a grant. As you will work on your personal proposal during the workshop, you will need to have an idea about your proposal. This course is open to VU-PhD’s from ABRI,  Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences (FGB), and faculty of Law (if there is a fit) and when space allows.
    • Concluding assessment: To obtain credits for the workshop, participants are required to actively participate in both sessions and fulfill the assignments. 
    • With certificate:  Yes 
    • Schedule info:

    Assignment 1: half A4 research idea/proposal (note that your proposal will be discussed plenary) 

    Session 1: 14 November 2022, 12:00-16:00 -  Including sandwiches 

    Assignment 2: reviewed  research idea/proposal 

    Session 2:  28 November 2022, 12:00-16:00 - Including sandwiches 

    Session 3: individual meetings 

    • Registration deadline: 30 October 2022 
    • Available to FSS PhD candidates in their second half/end of their PhD trajectory and preparing for a career inside academia. VU-PhD’s from ABRI,  Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences (FGB), and faculty of Law (if there is a fit) and when space allows.  
    • Name of teacher: Marco Last