For all grant applications, the basic rules are the same:
- Start early.
- Follow the directions.
- Know your audience.
- Be specific about what you will do and how.
- Situate your project in broader contexts.
The links in this section give more detail about how to craft a winning grant proposal. Make an appointment at the GradGrants Center if you’d like feedback at any stage.
- The Art of Writing Proposals, from the Social Science Research Council. This essay is recommended by many grant administrators for its broad applicability.
- The Holy Grail: In Pursuit of the Dissertation Proposal, by Michael Watts. A fantastic resource for anyone writing grants for dissertation support, relevant advice for other kinds of funding proposals as well. With links to sample proposals, some of which include budgets.
- How to Win a Graduate Fellowship, from the Chronicle of Higher Education
- Applying for Artistic Grants and Fellowships: Some practical suggestions learned from personal experiences, both good and bad, by Prof. Jeffrey Hass, Jacobs School of Music
- Grant Writing Resources, from UC Berkeley Graduate Division. A collection of links for writing proposals in science, social science, and the humanities.
- Common Errors in Grant Applications, from How to Get Money for Research, by Mary Rubin