Writing Fellowship and Grant Proposals

Graduate Student Resource Center

Graduate and Postdoctoral Database for Extramural Support (GRAPES) — A catalogue of extramural funding opportunities, which you can search by field, academic level, award type, award amount, and other criteria. Maintained by UCLA’s Graduate Outreach, Diversity, and Fellowships Office.

Grant Proposal Preparation and Writing Tools — Preparation guidelines and grant-writing tools from UCLA’s Office of Contract and Grant Administration.

Grant Proposals (Or Give Me the Money!) — An overview of the grant proposal-writing process from UNC Chapel Hill.

Online Proposal Writing Guides — A list of links for graduate students and other applicants in all fields, compiled by UNC Chapel Hill.

Writing Grants and Fellowship Applications—Recorded GWC workshops on writing fellowship and grant applications. Some offer more general strategies, while others cover specific fellowships like the NSF graduate research fellowship and the NSF dissertation improvement grant.

Proposal Writing Short Course — An online tutorial from the Foundation Center, adapted from Jane C. Geever (2007), The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing (5th ed.).

Dissertation Proposal Workshop — An online collection of essays, samples, and links on dissertation proposal and grant writing for social science research projects. Developed by UC Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies, it contains a lengthy essay on “process and parameters”; tips on theory, research questions and design, timelines, and budgeting; a section on style; and examples of successful NSF and Fulbright proposals.

Proposal Writing Guide — A guide intended for faculty and staff with little experience writing proposals. Written by Don Thackrey of the University of Michigan.

The Art of Writing Proposals — “Candid suggestions” for applicants to fellowship competitions hosted by the Social Science Research Council. Written by Adam Pzreworski and Frank Salomon.

A Guide for Proposal Writing — Advice for applicants to National Science Foundation grants. 

The Art of Grantsmanship — Advice for scientists from Jacob Kraicer of the Human Frontier Science Program.

This page was created by Andrea Olinger. To suggest a resource or report a broken link, email the GWC at gwc@gsa.asucla.ucla.edu.