|Study location||Netherlands, Maastricht (Online)|
|Type||Maastricht Online Campus, distance learning|
|Nominal duration||03 November - 18 November 2020 (TUES & THURS 9:00 - 10:45 CET) (2 ECTS)|
|Tuition fee||€299 per programme|
Postgraduate diploma (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
Please attach proof of English proficiency or clearly state in your motivation letter any previous English experience through education, upbringing or jobs. We pride ourselves on our interactive courses and we therefore want to ensure all students can participate to the full extent.
Would you like to be able to write a funding proposal from scratch? Would you like to modify a previous proposal for a new opportunity? Would you like to know how to read an example grant and know what’s going on? Would you like to be able to write up an idea even if there’s no specific funding call?
This course is designed like a gym workout — you will learn a suite of basic writing moves that are used in all proposals, and you will practice them. A particular focus will be on justifying the research based on its significance and potential impact, and on devising a unique “angle” for a proposal.
To meet the learning goals of this course, we will use a realistic but artificial simulated funding call that is situated in a fictional world. You will write to that call using your own discipline and research area of interest. That means you’ll leave the course with stronger reading and writing skills as well as blocks of well-crafted text that you can repurpose for grant and fellowship applications, thesis proposals, and other needs.
Note: this course is not appropriate for actual proposals in progress — please contact the instructor if you are looking for individual consulting.
Course Duration and Dates
This is a three week online course running from the 3rd of November until the 18th of November, 2020. All courses will be scheduled in Central European Time [CET] so it is possible that some time slots are not ideal for people in certain time zones. However, when scheduling the courses, we will try to take into account the different time zones as much as we can.
The number of credits earned after successfully concluding this course is the equivalent of 2 ECTS according to Maastricht University’s guidelines. For further information see the MSS terms and conditions
• Students will learn how to use a framework for writing and reading proposals as persuasive activities
• They will practice building and taking apart arguments
• 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
• They will see how peers in other fields communicate ideas and build arguments
Students should have advanced abilities in academic English. They should also have a reasonably firm idea on their research interests. Previous experience writing and submitting grants is not necessary. Students should begin the course recently having seen the movie “Arrival,” whose world will provide the context for the proposals they will write.
Material will consist of selections from Ulla Connor (1999, 2001); Martha Kolln, Rhetorical Grammar; Josh Schimel, Writing Science.