Writing Grant Proposals

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center.

Writing grant proposals is a demanding task because evaluation committees expect clear and concise texts. In addition, grant proposals differ in structure and style from other forms of academic writing. In this workshop, you will learn more about the characteristics of high-quality grant proposals, appropriate text structures for proposals and strategies helping to accelerate the preparation of proposals.


Thursday, July 8, 2021
20-minute 1:1 coaching session between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

+ individual self-learning unit 


Dr. Philipp Mayer





Target Group

Doctoral candidates and postdocs from all subject areas





4 units are applicable within the "Doctorate plus" certificate

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Course Content

  • Refining research ideas, choosing and narrowing topics
  • Section structure of proposals: problem statement, aims and objectives, literature
  • Review, methodology, timetable, budget, etc.
  • Differences between proposal writing and paper writing
  • Characteristics of high-quality proposals: clarity, correctness, consistency, conciseness, confidence 

Course Description

In this workshop, we answer three questions:

  • What are characteristics of high-quality grant proposals?
  • What are appropriate text structures for proposals?
  • Which strategies help to accelerate the preparation of proposals?

Learning objectives:

  • Choosing and narrowing topics for grant proposals
  • Planning section structure of proposals (e.g. problem statement, aims and objectives, methodology)
  • Understanding differences between proposal writing and paper writing
  • Knowing characteristics of high-quality proposals: clarity, correctness, consistency, conciseness, confidence

This distance learning course contains six elements:

  • A document with workshop information and tasks to do (self-learning units).
  • A screencast in video format with key messages.
  • A document in PDF format including slides presented in the screencast. In addition, this document includes recommended references and websites.
  • An online bulletin board for sharing comments and insights with other course participants.
  • An email participants send to the trainer describing their main challenges related to writing grant proposals.
  • A 1:1 coaching session with the trainer on July 8. The session will be held via ZOOM and will have a duration of 20 min.

This half-day workshop requires a time investment of 3.25 hours.


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141



Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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