Writing Grant Proposals (online)

Need to find funding because your current grant is running out? Have a great idea but have no idea how to turn it into a grant? Able to craft your ideas into a grant but miss the finesses in English to give your grant that unique appeal?

This course is offered in collaboration with Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS).

Course description

Writing Grant Proposals will teach you how to write a clear, concise and attractive grant proposal that meets the requirements of funding agencies. 

Target group

PhD candidates, post-doc researchers and staff who are currently writing a grant proposal or have a topic they want to develop into a grant proposal. The maximum number of participants per group is 14.

Course objectives

  • Write a concise and appealing proposal
  • Write in a form that meets the requirements of funding agencies
  • Write faster and more effectively in English
  • Learn from specialist fundraisers and grant recipients how they obtain funds
  • Learn about your strengths and weaknesses through the course instructor’s correcting and editing of your proposal
  • Learn to critically read and edit colleagues’ proposals

Practical information and credits

Admission requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to be admitted to this course.

Dates and times

Writing Grant Proposals is offered twice per year, once in the first semester and once in the second semester. Please click below for the course schedule.

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Course materials

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The course material is included in the course fee and will be distributed in the first session.


To receive a certificate, participants must meet the following 3 requirements: (1) attend at least 4 of the 5 course sessions, (2) attend each session in its entirety and (3) submit all assignments on time.

Course fee

Reduced fee* €282,50
University fee** €565
External fee €775

The fee includes study and training material. Coffee/tea and lunches are not included.

Reduced fee*

  • PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK).
  • Postdocs of Wageningen University who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools.

University fee**

  • All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs and staff.

Cancellation conditions

You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the incurring course fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement. In this case you will only be charged a €50 cancellation fee.
  • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree). In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.