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Writing Grant Proposals

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Half-day workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center on May 16, 2019, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Alte Sternwarte, Poppelsdorfer Allee 47, Room Pegasus (0.003).

Modul Forschung2

Course Content

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, 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?


  • Functions of grant proposals: planning, communication, persuasion, contract
  • 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


The workshop includes lectures and exercises. In the exercises, participants analyse sample proposals and draft components of their own proposals.

Target Group

Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers 

Course Language


Course Instructor

Dr Philipp Mayer

"Promotion plus"

4 units are applicable for this course within the "Promotion plus" certificate. 


Module 1: Independent Research





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