GGC Spring 2016 Workshop Schedule

The GradGrants Center (GGC) is pleased to announce its Spring 2016 workshop series and walk-in hours. Workshops are aimed at equipping students with the skills to find relevant funding sources and write successful research proposals to attain this funding. Walk-in hours are a time when the GGC consultants are available to answer your questions about funding sources and proposal writing. All workshops and walk-in hours will be held in the Social Science Research Commons (SSRC) in Woodburn 200.


Introduction to funding databases (Weds. Jan. 27 1-2pm; SSRC)

Funding databases are an incredible source of funding opportunities for graduate students at all points in their graduate career. This workshop will introduce students to the databases and equip them with the tools to find opportunities that fit their needs. The workshop will involve a presentation by the GradGrants Center consultants, and also involve a supervised funding search activity so students will leave with a list of prospective funding opportunities. The workshop will be followed by walk-in hours in the SSRC from 2-3pm.

The art of proposal writing (Weds. Feb. 10, 1-2pm; SSRC)

Proposal writing, like all writing, is a craft. This workshop will introduce students to the specific mechanics and strategies necessary to write successful proposals, and more broadly, how to shape a research project into something funding agencies are interested in. We will talk about how to tailor your research for different grants and fellowships, and ways to frame your project. The workshop will also involve a short activity in which students will apply the presentations’ lessons to their own project. The workshop will be followed by walk-in hours in the SSRC from 2-3pm.

The art of a personal statement (Weds. Feb. 24, 1-2pm; SSRC)

The personal statement is a weird animal. It’s not simply an annotated CV or a reiteration of your project proposal, but is distinct and challenging genre of writing. This workshop will give you the skills to write an effective personal statement that dialogues with an affiliated research proposal and speaks directly to the objectives of the funding agency. The workshop will focus on time-tested strategies for personal statement writing and will involve a short activity that pushes students to employ these strategies to their own story. The workshop will be followed by walk-in hours in the SSRC from 2-3pm.

TBA (Weds. April 6, 1-2pm; SSRC)

The GGC is developing a new workshop and will announce details on the GCC website ( . Stay posted! The workshop will be followed by walk-in hours from 2-3pm.

Walk-in hours (held in Woodburn 200)

Weds 1/27 2-3pm

Weds 2/10 2-3pm

Weds 2/24 2-3pm

Weds 4/6 2-3pm

Tues 3/8 10am-12pm

Tues 4/19 10am-12pm

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