Netherlands, Amsterdam

Grant Writing & Proposal Development

when 2 July 2017 - 21 July 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 1500

Grant writing is a skill in high demand. Academic institutions expect their faculty to apply for grants to gain preeminence in research. Private companies seek professionals who can be persuasive and articulate ideas well. Non-profit organizations depend on 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.

The Summer Institute offers a two-week Introduction to Grant Writing programme, followed by an optional one-week Advanced Grant Writing and Proposal Development session.
You have the option of taking the Introduction course (Option 1) or the Advanced course (Option 2). You can also opt for taking both the Introduction and the Advanced sessions for a reduced price (Option 3). For more infomation on the different options, please visit our website:

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

Applicants for this summer course must be at least undergraduate (Bachelor) students entering their 3rd or 4th year. Students from any major are welcome to apply but at least one class in social or behavioral sciences is required. Graduate students, academic faculty, and community leaders with little experience in developing grants for international projects will also find this course useful for developing and practicing grant-writing skills. Participants will be expected to have an idea for a grant proposal that they will be developing during the course.
Once participants have completed our Introduction to Grant Writing and Proposal Development course, they have the option to stay a week longer to participant in our Advanced Grant Writing and Proposal Development course.

Course aim

This introductory 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 by this three-week course 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.

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 1500: 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 695: 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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