presented by

The Graduate School, The Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Arts & Sciences, The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and The Writing Center

NSF-GRFP Grant Writing Workshop

consists of two lectures and a small group segment facilitated by experienced mentors (faculty, postdocs and PhD students).

The Workshop will enable students to have a completed application ready for the NSF-GRFP application deadline in late October.

All seminars and sessions will be facilitated by skilled grant writers who will offer mentorship in developing grant proposals. Students who are interested in applying for fellowships outside the NSF-GRFP but in similar disciplines are invited to attend.

The NSF-GRFP workshop is offered to first or second-year graduate students and college seniors in the following NSF-eligible fields:

  • fields related to science
  • anthropology and archaeology
  • astronomy and astrophysics
  • cognitive science
  • data science
  • economics
  • endangered languages
  • engineering
  • law and social science
  • mathematics
  • physics
  • political science
  • sociology
  • STEM Education
  • technology

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workshop structure

lectures will be offered at both the Danforth and the Medical campuses


How to Write a Successful Research Proposal

Joe Jez | Chair, Department of Biology & Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor

Tuesday, September 11

1:00 - 2:30PM

Brauer Hall , Room 12



Wednesday, September 12

3:00 - 4:30PM

McDonnell Medical Sciences Building, Erlanger Auditorium



Writing Personal Statements

Steven Pijut | Associate Director of the Writing Center
MEDICAL CAMPUS                     

Thursday, September 20

3:00 - 4:30PM

McDonnell Medical Sciences Building, Erlanger Auditorium


Friday, September 21

2:00 - 3:30PM

Brauer Hall , Room 12


Following the lectures, students will meet in small group sessions where they will be mentored by faculty mentors, postdocs, other students, and/or other professionals with grantwriting expertise. 

Please note: In order to attend the Small Group Sessions you must attend both Lecture 1 and 2, and register for the small group sessions. However, all are welcome to attend the lectures without an obligation to attend the small group sessions. 

  • WEEK 1: Introduction, Problem Statement, Specific Aims outline
  • WEEK 2: Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goal Statement
  • WEEK3: Two-Page proposal draft