Netherlands, Amsterdam

Grant Writing & Proposal Development

when 15 June 2018 - 6 July 2018
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 1525

Project proposal development and grant writing are skills in high demand for businesses, non-profit organizations, and academic research. The ability to develop effective proposals and apply grants plays a vital role for academic institutions and other organizations that address societal challenges.

In order to compete in the changing business landscape, private institutions are desperately seeking professionals who can be persuasive and articulate. Non-profit organizations depend on successful proposal development to achieve their mission.

Through this course, you will learn the foundations and frameworks of proposal development that will make you an asset for any organization. By providing participants with personal attention, we guarantee that those who join our course will finish the course with practical knowledge, as well as a complete grant proposal.

Course leader

Academic Director
Yulia Strekalova works in the UF College of Journalism as Director for Grants Development. Her email is full of proposal solications, but finding the match between a call and the right research team is frequently a challenge.

Target group

Do you have an idea for a grant proposal, but don't know where to begin?
Are you a (graduate) student, academic faculty, or community leader with little experience in developing grants for international projects?

If you fall into one of the categories above, then please fill-in our online application for the programme.

Participants will be expected to have an idea for a grant proposal that they will be developing during the course. You are required to submit a one-page essay discussing your grant writing experience and providing a brief description of the proposal idea you plan to develop during the course.

Course aim

This course will expose participants to the strategies of conceptualizing and developing a grant proposal. Participants will be introduced to several organizations engaged in local and global activities targeted at education, outreach, and community development. Guided by individual ideas they wish to develop, participants will learn how to strengthen partnerships, identify resources, approach prospective sponsors, and develop their proposed projects.

The topics covered in the first two-week will guide you through the essential stages of proposal development, including formulation of specific project goals, collection and presentation of supportive background data and budgeting for appropriate project costs. You will learn about the mechanics of writing and editing for effective presentation of their proposal ideas.

In the third week, participants will learn advanced frameworks and skills that will allow them to develop stronger, responsive proposals. Participants will learn how to identify collaborators, develop the overall proposal design as well as needs statement, budget, and evaluation sections, and assess proposal components based on funders’ criteria. The final product of this course is a draft of a grant proposal.

Credits info

As a Summer student you will either receive
an official certificate
or both a certificate and a transcript (if you take the course for credits)
with an official seal from the Universiteit van Amsterdam.
Participants who are not seeking course credit for this course will develop proposal components and receive feedback from the instructor. For participants seeking course credit, the main product of this course is a draft of a grant proposal. Participants will be evaluated based on the coherence of the overall proposal, proposal’s fit to the mission and need of the chosen non-profit organization, the quality of writing, and the clarity of proposal organization.

Fee info

EUR 1525: The tuition fee includes:
lunch on class days
public transportation card
access to course materials on Blackboard
excursions and site visits
certificate of attendance
credit students also receive a transcript
The tuition fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam nor housing.
EUR 600: Housing fee


U21/LERU Partial Scholarship
If your university is a member of the Universitas 21 network and/or LERU network then you may be eligible for a partial scholarship of €500. You must also be a current student at that university when you apply for the summer

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