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Grants and Related Resources: Training Opportunities

A compilation of resources for grant and financial aid seekers.

VPRGS Research Facilitation & Dissemination

Thurs., Jan. 5 – 8am-5pm
Write Winning Grant Proposals
Molecular Plant Sciences, Room 1200 (map)
Full-day workshop designed for faculty members, graduate students, and administrative staff who want tips and strategies for presenting their research case to reviewers. Presenter: John D. Robertson, associate member of the Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, LLC.
Registration open soon; fee $100.
Offered on annual basis.

Webinar Series: Let's Write an NSF Grant Together

02/01/2017 - 04/05/2017

This webinar series will walk you through all the steps necessary to compile a successful National Science Foundation grant with an emphasis on the basics. The webinar series is meant to be used in combination with individual meetings to personalize the writing process for your specific grant.

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Webinar sessions are held on Wednesdays, from 1pm to 2pm:

  • Feb. 1
  • Feb. 22
  • Mar. 15
  • Apr. 5

Proposal writing workshops for faculty, including Coffee Break Series, 2017.  Note: The Coffee Break Series is offered annually over the course of the Fall and Spring semesters. For more information contact Melanie Kauffman ( ...

Getting the Inside Track on Grants/Tips for Working With Program Directors

  • Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Location: Green Room (Main Library: 4 West),

Rigor and Reproducibility, Part 3

  • Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
  • Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Location: Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building, Room 1400

Check VPRGS Research Facilitation & Dissemination Calendar

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MSU College of Education IRTL Sessions

The Institute for Research on Teaching & Learning offers an annual series of workshops for College of Education graduate students.  Ask Qiana Green at if you can attend.  Upcoming sessions include:

Doctoral Student Support and Training Sessions

MSU Library Training Opportunities

Currently scheduled 2017 training opportunities include:

Funding Your Graduate Experience : Sciences & Engineering (Febrary 10, 2017, 3:00-4:30 p.m.).  Due to construction in the library, this session will be held in the Engineering Building in Room 3540.

Funding Your Graduate Experience : Humanities and Social Sciences  (March 17, 2017, 3:00-4:30 p.m.).  Due to construction in the library, this session will be held at the Graduate School, 110 Chittenden Hall.

Finding Nonprofit Funding Online (Not currently scheduled): Usually offered in summer.  Nonprofit employees or individuals interested in helping nonprofit organizations raise money for activities should consider attending one of these free sessions.  Those attending will learn how to use the Foundation Directory Online Professional database which is available for free use in the library. They will also be shown other resources related to nonprofit fundraising. Additional sessions can be scheduled for class instruction or for community groups; contact Jon Harrison to schedule.

Foundation Center Training Opportunities

Visit GrantSpace for a current list of training opportunities.  Note that some require a fee.

Workshop on Writing Proposals for International Dissertation and Pre-Dissertation Research Grants!

Thursday, Sept 1, 2016
Third Floor International Center, Room 303

This two-hour workshop (offered on an annual basis) is open to all MSU graduate students. No pre-registration necessary!

Free at the workshop:
  • Funding Catalog for Graduate Student International Research
  • Handout: "Secrets of Writing Winning Proposals"
  • Advice from MSU graduate students who have won awards
  • Writing proposals for 2016-17 deadlines for national & local grants
  • Developing proposals for the dissertation or pre-dissertation grants
Workshop agenda:
  • Finding sources of funding for pre-dissertation and dissertation research using MSU Library resources and the worldwide web
  • Deadlines for application in 2016-2017
  • Proposal strategies: Understanding the proposal process in national competitions and maximizing your chances for success
  • “What makes a winning proposal?: Comments by MSU faculty reviewers serving on national panels” » “How I developed a successful dissertation or pre-dissertation proposal:” Advice from a panel of successful MSU graduate students
  • Steps in planning and writing a successful proposal - a summary with handouts 

Also considering enrolling in a semester-long 1-3 credit seminar for drafting proposals! For those who desire to continue, the aforementioned workshop is the first session of the semester long, 1-3 credit seminar "International Social Science Research (ISSR) Abroad (focus Africa, ME, Asia, Eurasia, and Latin Am): Concept, Design, and Praxis" .

Both the workshop and course are open to all MSU graduate students - US and International – planning to write proposals for funding dissertation or pre-dissertation research abroad for deadlines in 2016-2017, especially ;the IIE ;Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral& Dissertation Abroad, NSF Ford Minority Fellowships, and others.

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