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A Rhetoric-Based Approach to Grant Proposal Writing

Maastricht Summer School
Netherlands, Maastricht
Maastricht Summer School Netherlands, Bonnefantenstraat 2, 6211 KL Maastricht, The Netherlands
Tuition fee €398 per programme

Overview

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 Duration and Dates
This is a one week course running from the 20th of July until the 24th of July, 2020.

Goals
• 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


Coordinator
Dr. Michael Erard

Michael Erard, PhD, is data science funding specialist and grant writer at the Institute of Data Science at Maastricht University. He has taught scientific writing and grant writing in Europe and the US, in the humanities, social sciences, and biomedical fields. As an author and journalist, he has also written numerous pitches and proposals. He holds an MA in linguistics and a PhD in English and rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin.


Prerequisites
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.

Recommend literature
Material will consist of selections from Ulla Connor (1999, 2001); Martha Kolln, Rhetorical Grammar; Josh Schimel, Writing Science.

Teaching methods
▪ Assignments
▪ Lectures
PBL

Assessment methods
▪ Attendance
▪ Observation
▪ Participation
▪ Portfolio

Apply now! Block 4.1 2019/20
Application deadline
Jun 8, 2020 23:59
Europe/Amsterdam time
Studies commence
Jul 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Block 4.1 2019/20
Application deadline
Jun 8, 2020 23:59
Europe/Amsterdam time
Studies commence
Jul 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States