Netherlands, Maastricht

A Rhetoric-Based Approach to Grant Proposal Writing

when 20 July 2020 - 24 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 398

This course begins from the premise that a well-written grant is one that provides relevant information to the reader when they expect it. This course will give students tools for building that relationship and opportunities to practice those tools. It is appropriate for researchers in the natural and life sciences, psychology, data science, social sciences, and humanities.

Other approaches to grant writing training usually focus on 1) executing templates or 2) explaining specific funding mechanisms and requirements of the funding agencies. They prize clarity and simplicity in sentences, but they do not guide how those sentences relate to each other. Nor do they necessarily describe what clarity and simplicity is meant to serve. This course is diferent: it aims to help new grant writers understand the grant text as an opportunity to build a relationship with a reader.

Course leader

Michael Erard

Target group

Students should have advanced abilities in academic English. Ideally they are currently writing or planning to write a grant proposal; at least they should bring a solid idea that they want to work on. Previous experience writing and submitting grants is not necessary.

Course aim

• Students will learn how to use several frameworks for producing and evaluating grant proposals as rhetorical documents
• They will practice building and deconstructing rhetorically-based arguments
• They will learn cognitive-based methods for meeting reader expectations
• They will learn a terminology for describing parts of an argument and how those parts interrelate
• They will practice writing parts of an argument and build a stock pile, for their own use, of relevant language

Fee info

EUR 398: Tuition fee