Proposal Writing: How to Create Promising Grant Applications

A 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 researchers writing grant applications is a difficult task.

Online Workshop

Thursday, July 14, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Dr. Andreas Schulte





Target Group

Doctoral students and postdocs 


Research, Research Management


8 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus or Postdoc plus certificate

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Course Content

  • 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

Course Description

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 show 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.


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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