Grant Writing Program

Grantwriting Resources

  • Grant Proposal Archive
  • Writing proposals
  • Crafting budgets
  • Finding funding sources
  • And more!

The Laney Graduate School's Grant Writing Program (GWP) addresses every stage of grant proposal writing: developing fundable projects, presenting projects in persuasive ways, and tailoring proposals to specific funders. These topics are addressed in two kinds of sessions:

  1. Information sessions with presentations and time for questions; and
  2. Working sessions focused on draft proposals and discussions of specific issues in proposal writing.

The program is designed so that you can participate in a series of forums and workshops that build on one another and help you to develop your proposal and dissertation project. Students who progress through the entire program report tremendous success in obtaining external funding and fellowships. Other successful students attend only a few of the information sessions and workshops.

GWP events are listed below. Check back often for updates! 

2017-18 Events

Fulbright Workshop - August 20

(Visit our Fulbright Page)

  • The workshop will provide an opportunity for students to get early feedback on their Fulbright proposals and personal statements. It will also be a chance to discuss some of the other particularities of Fulbright, such as affiliations and language evaluations.
  • Proposals and personal statements will be circulated to all participants, and each proposal will be discussed in detail by the group. There will also be time for questions and answers about the Fulbright process.
  • The workshop will take place August 20, from 9-5pm

Write-up Fellowship Forum - Fall & Spring

A number of organizations provide stipends to support graduate students during the final, write-up phase of their dissertation research.  While some, like the Mellon-ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, are restricted to the humanities and social sciences, others, like the American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowships, are open to all fields.  This informational session will discuss the distinctive features of proposals for write-up fellowships and provide strategies for writing successful proposals.
  • Fall - August 24
    • 4-5:30pm; White Hall 200
    • Register by August 23 at this link
  • Spring - March 28
    • 4-5:30pm; 252 Candler School of Theology
    • Register by March 21 at this link.

ACLS Workshops

This workshop is for students in the humanities and social sciences who intend to apply for the Mellon-ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships.   The workshop will give participants feedback on drafts of their proposals and discuss issues of rhetoric and style in proposal writing.  The two sessions are sequential parts of a single program and will not duplicate presentations. Participants should expect to attend both sessions.

Proposal Writing Institute - September 23-24

Ideal for students preparing for submissions to external funding agencies or for submitting proposals for post-doctoral positions, the Institute provides students with extensive feedback and interaction with an interdisciplinary group of faculty, including mock interviews and proposal reviews using the same standards employed by external funding committees. By application only.

Beginning Grant Writing Workshop - Fall & Spring

Students who are starting to write research proposals should apply to attend this event. The workshop is way to get started on a proposal and to learn more about how to fund that particular research. By application only.

First Year Grant Forum - Fall & Spring

Students early in their graduate careers should register to attend this informational session and learn about preparing for research projects and grant applications.

Intensive Grant Writing Workshop - February 22 - 25

This workshop is intended for students who apply to grants, fellowships and post-docs reviewed by interdisciplinary committees such as Fulbright, ACLS, Mellon CLIR, DAAD, Newcombe, or SSRC. Participants' draft proposals will receive sustained and focused attention from an interdisciplinary group of peers and faculty. Participants read and discuss each other's proposals and engage in sessions about the rhetoric of proposal writing, methodological questions, writing for an interdisciplinary audience and other professional issues.

Fulbright Forum - February 27

Thinking about applying for a Fulbright? Attend this information session where you will learn about features and benefits of the program, the application process, tips for a successful proposal and more!

(Visit our Fulbright Page)

Grant Writing Forum - March 5

This event is for graduate students at all levels in any discipline. Learn how to begin planning, developing, and funding your projects and proposals at Emory and for external funders. Topics include: Which grant when?; How to write a proposal; How are proposals read?; and more.

NIH NRSA Predoctoral Individual Fellowship Forum (F30, F31, F99) - March 21

Open to all PhD students, MD/PhD students, and faculty mentors. Interested in applying for a NRSA pre-doctoral fellowship? Attend this forum to learn how to negotiate getting your grant submitted. Come hear from current fellows, faculty mentors, and Research Administration Services (RAS) staff.

Proposal Writing Bootcamp - May 2-4

Launch yourself into summer grant writing. If you plan to apply for a research grant next year, you need to start thinking about it now. The Proposal Writing Bootcamp is designed to give you a boost. Students with little or no grant writing experience are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Each of the three days will focus on a different aspect of proposal writing, with an emphasis on the argument structure and rhetoric of proposal writing. Morning sessions will include both group review of student proposals as well as general discussions. Afternoons will include time for individual re-writing; students will be asked to resubmit re-written materials for review and discussion the following day.

While the Proposal Writing Bootcamp is open to any LGS student, the focus of the workshop is applications submitted to broadly multi-disciplinary review panels, such as Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council, or American Institute of Indian Studies. It is not appropriate for those who will be applying for NRSA.

Participation is by application only. The workshop will be limited to 10 students.