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Doctoral School for Health & Life Sciences

Doctoral training

Doctoral School for Health & Life Sciences

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Excellent science is not enough for writing a successful research application. To get funded,
you also need excellent grantsmanship, or grant writing skills. Reviewers often say that
many wonderful projects don’t get funded because the idea was not communicated clearly
enough. So how do you make sure the advantages of your work are understood and

To address this challenge, research institutes in the US, UK, and EU now offer grant writing
as a vital step in the career development plan of PhDs and postdocs. In this workshop, you
will learn how to:

1. Interpret correctly your application form, instructions to applicants, evaluation criteria;
2. Use strong structure in State of the Art, Objectives, and Methodology sections;
3. Respond in clear, convincing language to the key criteria of feasibility, novelty,
research significance, and impact;
4. Make a convincing description of your research environment, collaborations,
dissemination and valorization ideas;

All exercises in this workshop are based on authentic, recently funded open access grants.
They provide examples of good ideas that worked well for other scholars. An FWO postdoc application will be used as a case study. 

The trainer of this workshop is Julia Staykova-McKinnon (scriptorium consulting).

For whom?

  • PhD students (preferably second term) and postdoctoral researchers of the DS M&LS.
  • Max. 20 participants


  • The course will take place on Tuesday February 20, 2018 between 9:30 – 17:00.


  • UHasselt – campus Diepenbeek, building D, room A106.


  • Register here until February 5, 2018. 
  • Please register only if you really plan to participate.

Acknowledged as?

  • DS M&LS - category scientific skills: one compulsory elective technical/methods courses