Grant Writing and Proposal Development
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 the programme information page.
Students may cancel their participation in a summer programme for a full refund, minus €250 administration fee (and potential housing costs), if the Summer Programmes Office staff is notified in writing (email is valid) at least 30 days before the start of the programme (opening date). No refunds will be given after this date. If students know there is a chance they may have to cancel, we encourage them to contact us as soon as possible so that non-refundable items are not booked for them.
In the event that a programme must be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances or an insufficient number of students, students who have paid tuition and housing fees will be reimbursed in full. If applicable, students will be offered a spot in another programme, if a similar programme is available.
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 programme. If you graduate before the start of the summer programme but were a student at the time of submitting your application, you will still be eligible for the scholarship.
Students studying at Dutch universities on these lists are not eligible for these scholarships.
You must verify that your home university is a member of the LERU network and/or the U21 network. The Summer Programmes Office GSSS will then be able to submit your application to the U21/LERU scholarship fund. The final decision on granting these scholarships is made by the UvA following acceptance of the candidates into the summer programmes. The €500 scholarship will be deducted from your tuition.
- Step 1: Check your eligibility by making sure that your home university is in the LERU or U21 network.
- Step 2: Apply to the programme and indicate that you are applying for a LEUR or U21 scholarship.
- Step 3: Upon acceptance you will hear if you have received the partial scholarship.
AUF/AUV Travel Grant Scholarship
The Amsterdam University Fund is offering three € 400 partial scholarships for students in the Graduate School of Social Sciences Summer Programmes. The scholarship will help to cover the expenses for travel to and from the Netherlands. The conditions for eligibility for the scholarship are as follows:
- You are applying to a summer programme
- You are not living in the Netherlands
Priority will be given to UvA Alumni. The grant cannot be used in conjuncture with other scholarships (i.e. LERU/U21/GEP).
If you meet the above conditions and would like to be considered for the scholarship, please write “AUF/AUV” in “scholarship” field on the online application, and write a one-page letter which states why you need the travel grant in order to participate in the summer programme.
The Amsterdam University Fund (Stichting Amsterdams Universiteitsfonds) is a joint initiative of the University of Amsterdam Alumni Association (AUV) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). In order to apply for the travel grant, you must have a complete application on file with the Summer Programmes Office.
Below you will find links to scholarship databases and other known places to look for funding. There is also information for American and Canadian students who are interested in applying for a loan.
Application & Admission Criteria
Grant Writing and Proposal Development
Deadline for application:
April 1, 2016
Introduction to Grant Writing & Proposal Development
Applicants for this summer course must be at least undergraduate (Bachelor) students entering their 3rd or 4th year. 1st or 2nd year students are welcome to apply, but a strong personal motivation letter and reference letter are recommended, because the level of the programme is highly competitive.
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.
Advanced Grant Writing and Proposal Development
Graduate students, faculty, and community leaders who have had previous grant writing experience and are interested in developing grants will 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. Applicants are required to submit a one-page essay discussing their grant writing experience and providing a brief description of the proposal idea they plan to develop during the course.
You can also choose to complete our Introduction to Grant Writing and Proposal Development (2-week course) prior to the week-long Advanced Grant Writing course. It is not mandatory that you take both courses, however if your application is not strong enough to follow only the week-long Advanced course, you may be redirected to our Introduction course.