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Center of Infection Biology and Immunity

Getting Funded Workshop with Dr. Ruth Willmott, BioScript

Getting Funded is intended for advanced doctoral researchers to follow the academic tenure. When registering through email, please comment shortly, why you want to attend this workshop.


  • 06-07 August: 1.5 d Getting Funded Intro
  • 11 August: Getting Funded Follow-up group 1
  • 12 August: Getting Funded Follow-up group 2
StartAug 06, 2020 | 09:00 AM
endAug 11, 2020 | 05:00 PM

Do you want to get your own research fellowship but don’t know how to get started? The Getting Funded Workshop addresses the needs of PhD students wanting to apply for funding for their first postdoctoral position. Together we will explore what makes a research idea fundable and a research proposal reviewer friendly. Strategies on how best to present your research idea and yourself will be discussed. You will also be given the tools and the vocabulary to better write your research plan as well as sections not encountered at the paper writing stage, such as justifying choice of lab, projecting your future career aims and promoting yourself as the ideal researcher for the job. Finally, grant scouting information and tips will be provided about major funding sources both in Europe and the USA.

The Getting Funded Workshop is ideal for third year non-native English-speaking PhD students wanting to secure their own research funding fort heir first postdoctoral position. We recommend that those wanting toparticipate in this demanding writing workshop should have attended the Writing Scientific Papers Workshop or have proof of strong scientific writing ability.

Workshop content

  • Identifying suitable funding sources
  • Understanding what makes a research idea fundable
  • Preparing and writing an effective reviewer-friendly research proposal
  • Getting to grips with the ‘non-scientific’ sections
  • Increasing your word power
  • Avoiding common pitfalls associated with individual fellowships

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • More easily identify suitable funding sources
  • Better understand what is involved in successful funding acquisition
  • Produce an effective reviewer-friendly individual fellowship
  • Generate content especially for the ‘non-scientific’ parts
  • Write with more impact and word power