Secrets to Success for Proposal Writing Workshop

Application Process for Secrets to Success for Proposal Writing

Space is limited to 25 participants. Applicants must commit to both Friday workshops.
To be considered, please submit the following to

                  •  Brief statement regarding your research (100-200 words).
                  •  List of targeted funding source(s) and type (pre-doctoral, dissertation,  postdoc, or grant).
                  •  Two-page max curriculum vitae (CV).

Application deadline: September 7, 2012 (for faculty; the application period is now closed for doctoral students).

For more information or with questions, contact:

Louis Mendoza

Noro Andriamanalina

Workshop Schedule

Part 1
Friday, September 14, 2012

9am - 3pm
Coffman Memorial Union, Room 332

Facilitator - Dr. Jeanine Ferguson

  • Identifying internal and external funding sources
  • Understanding fellowship/grant selection criteria
  • Overview of the review process—what are reviewers looking for?
  • Main components of a proposal
  • Forming a persuasive argument—why should anyone care about your work?
  • Writing to your audience—must reach experts and non-experts

Lunch break

  • Sample proposal critique
  • Forming theory and main idea
  • Strategies, tips and next steps

Part 2
Friday, September 21, 2012

9am - 4pm
Walter Library, Room 101

Facilitators - Dr. Ben Olguín

This day will begin with a general session on the overview of proposal writing. Shortly after, participants will split into two seperate groups to work for rest of the day. 
Humanities and Social Sciences
      Facilitators - Dr. Bic Ngo and Dr. Ben Olguín
Engineering, Sciences and Health Sciences
     Facilitators - Dr. Esam El-Fakahany and Dr. Rhonda Jones Webb

  • Sample and student proposal critiques
  • Forming a persuasive argument
  • Broader implications
  • Writing to your audience
  • Disciplinary and interdisciplinary considerations

Lunch break

Panel of Reviewers: UMN Faculty and post docs who have received grants and/or reviewed proposals.
Strategies, tips and next steps; homework assignment for those wanting individual consultations with Dr. Olguín and Dr. Esam El-Fakahany.

Part 3
Saturday, September 22, 2012

9am - 12noon
Appleby Hall, Rooms 41 and 65

Individual consultations with Dr. Esam El-Fakahany (Room 65) and Dr. Olguín (Room 41).

Part 4
Completing the Application

Email consultations/feedback, limited to three sessions per applicant - Dr. Olguín and Dr. Esam El-Fakahany