Preparing Proposals

Proposals refer to the project narrative, i.e., the document that introduces what you are proposing to research, proposes thought-provoking but concrete and answerable questions, situates the project in the context of the scholarly literature, details a methodologically sound plan for research, and convinces the funder that the project is one of significance to its mission. At the GGC, we believe that grant-writing is a genre of writing in its own right, distinct from other types of writing in the academy, and we are here to help you master that.

Proposal-Writing Resources

From clearly articulated goals to a well-argued presentation of the broader implications of your research, this is what grant reviewers are looking for.

The Holy Grail: In Pursuit of the Dissertation Proposal, by Michael Watts. A fantastic resource for anyone writing grants for dissertation support, with relevant advice for other kinds of funding proposals as well. Includes links to sample proposals, some of which include budgets.

Grant Writing for Graduate Students, from the Chronicle of Higher Education

Grantspace by Candid (formerly Foundation Center) Introduction to Proposal Writing

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.

A semiannual newsletter for graduate students. This issue, The Making of a Successful Proposal, is a great resource with guiding questions on the content to include and what good proposal