Grant Writing Advanced for Natural and Life Scientists

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center

The aim of this course is to familiarize you with the strategies for writing successful grant or fellowship applications to various funding bodies. It consists of lecture-style sequences with active participation by you dealing with the theory of good scientific writing, the basics of grant applications and the principles of different funding bodies, as well as hands-on exercises on aim definition, structuring a workplan and writing a grant summary. Additional information and exercises on writing good scientific texts in English will deepen the writing experience.

Online Workshop

Monday, September 30, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 1, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Monday, October 28, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Dr. Christina Schütte





Target Group





14 units are applicable within the Careers plus certificate

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You will take part in two half day online seminars (about 4 hours each) in which the topics are discussed and deepened in exercises. This will be followed by another online event approx. 3 weeks later for the evaluation exercise.

For this, you will be asked to prepare a short “mini-grant application” (3-5 pages + Scientific CV) on either a planned project or acting as if you apply for money for your current project. These applications will then be sent to a group of other participants to be evaluated individually before the course. In the final session, groups of participants will then join their impressions on the proposals they evaluated previously, acting as a funding panel. You will produce a feedback from to be handed back to the applicant and will also be asked to rank the proposals internally. This will provide extensive feedback for everyone on their applications, but most importantly, will provide a clear impression of the situation and the view of potential evaluators, which is extremely important to have when writing proposals. The tutor will also provide short feedback on the mini grants for each individual participants.

Preliminary work before workshop start: You will be asked to define the aim of the project you plan to write the mini grant on and to write an abstract for the grant application (ca. ½ page).


  • Aims definition and project planning
  • Structure of grant applications
  • Principles of good scientific writing in English
  • Typical mistakes in writing grant applications
  • Evaluation Procedure
  • Funding Sources for young researchers


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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