Proposal Writing: How to Create Promising Grant Applications

A Doctorate plusBIGS workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center 

Good projects need money in order to be put into practice. In light of limited public funding, the securing of sources of financial support – whether classic science-funding organisations, foundations or companies – is an important task, especially in the academic and non-profit sectors. But for many early-career scientists writing grant applications is difficult.

Online Workshop

Thursday, March 7, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, March 8, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Please register your interest in this workshop by September 3, 2023.


Andreas Schulte





Target Group

Doctoral students from the Bonn International Graduate Schools (BIGS) who at the end of their doctorate 




12 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus certificate

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Even though there is no guaranteed path to reach the target, the methods and instruments of writing proposals can be learnt. A prerequisite is an attractive project concept. If a convincingly formulated application is then submitted, the chances of securing funding are good.

The workshop communicates proven grant application knowledge. It shows how strategic initial considerations naturally lead to the structuring and formation of the proposal.

The participants engage with the content-related, formal and organisational aspects of writing. The participants will get the opportunity to introduce their research project. Each participant will have roughly 5 to 7 minutes for their presentation. There will also be time for a brief discussion afterwards.


  • Basics of proposal writing: Strategic considerations
  • From first to last: The structure of a successful proposal
  • At times every word matters: Strategic formulations
  • Change of perspective: My project from the funders’ point of view
  • Financial planning: What is expected of me?
  • Grant applications in practice: Tips & stumbling blocks
  • Proposal writing: My next steps


If you need childcare during the event, please contact the Family Office of the University of Bonn at least two weeks in advance. 


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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