Effective Grant Writing for Scientists


Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 9:00am to Friday, May 9, 2014 - 5:00pm


  • Kiel

Course Leader: 

Dr. Christina Schütte, ProScienca Beratungs-GmbH


Graduate Center

Target group: Doctoral candidates of Natural Sciences, Medicine, Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences or Psychology, if they are mainly working with experimental approaches.

If you are not sure if your scientific realm is covered by the mentioned areas, please contact us at the Graduate Center via %20course-registration [at] gz.uni-kiel.de.


  • Obtaining a thorough understanding of how successful grant applications are written
  • Learning to write readable texts in English
  • Understanding in the reviewing process of grant applications
  • Gaining practical experience in writing and evaluating grant applications
  • Obtaining an overview over funding agencies and funding opportunities


The aim of this course is to familiarize participants with the strategies for writing successful grant/fellowship applications to various funding bodies. It consists of lecture-style sequences with active participation by the audience 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.

Participants will be asked to prepare a short "mini-grant application" (4 pages + Scientific CV) in preparation to the course, which will be due approx. 5 days before the start of the course - please take this into consideration when planning participation in this course. These applications will be evaluated by other participants individually before the course and in an evaluation session within the course and each participant will also evaluate 3-4 proposals by others in the 4-5 days before course start. This will provide extensive feedback for all participants on their applications, but most importantly, will provide a clear impression of the situation and the view of potential evaluators.

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