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Grant Writing Workshops

Resources from WySCI

At this time, we offer consultation on grant writing during our weekly office hours/drop-in sessions. WySCI occasionally has the opportunity to support scicomm through workshops and support programs on writing and grant writing.

Feel free to use and widely share the resources posted below, though we do ask that you credit those who developed these resources.

We have also discussed offering a grants/proposals course which would have a strong impact on broader impacts/research impacts in society. Please contact us and/or the UW Office of Research and Economic Development to register your interest in and support for the build-out of these types of support programs. 

Graduate Learning Communities in Scholarly Writing Practices and Methods

Since Spring 2020, WySCI director Bethann Garramon Merkle has partnered with Rick Fisher, director of the UW Communication Across the Curriculum program. Each semester, they run a six-week cohort program for graduate students. Fall cohorts focus on foundational mindsets and practices that are essential to productive writing in any discipline and genre. Spring cohorts focus on fine-tuning valuable writing methods, including a weekly writing practice, writing group/accountability group strategies, and numerous other practical tools. Participation in the fall cohort is recommended prior to participation in a spring cohort. Between Spring 2020 and Spring 2022, these programs have supported ~200 students to improve their mindset and sense of self-efficacy with writing.

Follow this link for details & application dates for upcoming cohorts.

Join the WySCI mailing list to receive notifications about upcoming sessions.

NSF GRFP Workshop Resources

While tailored to the GRFP, much of the material from this workshop series is applicable to good practice in writing any funding proposal. The recordings and slides include facilitated peer- and self-review sessions focused on clear, accessible language, compelling messaging, and more.

These resources are from a set of workshops developed and hosted in 2019 by Emily Gelzer & Bethann Garramon Merkle (WySCI director). Contact Bethann at with questions and requests for workshops.

Intro Resources

  • Slides - Workshop 1: Intro to the GRFP

  • Recording - Workshop 1: Intro to the GRFP 

Personal Statement Resources

  • Slides - Workshop 2: Telling Your Story and Refining Your Personal Statement

  • Recordings - Workshop 2: Telling Your Story and Refining Your Personal Statement

Research Statement Resources

  • Slides - Workshop 3: Pitching Your Science and Refining Your Research Statement

  • Recordings - Workshop 3: Pitching Your Science and Refining Your Research Statement

General Resources




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WY Science Communication Initiative

Dept of Zoology & Physiology (3166)

Bethann Garramon Merkle, Director

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Laramie, WY 82071


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