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Fellowship Grant Writing for Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in Biomedical Research

East Baltimore
4th term
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Valeria Culotta

PhD students and postdocs should gain experience in grant writing as part of professional development.

The ability to fund your training through a fellowship award will boost your training experience and credentials.

Fellowship applications are more than just a research proposal and it is important to learn all aspects that go into assembling the application as well as the review process.

Provides students and postdoc trainees with an overview of the entire fellowship application process, including how to write an effective research proposal and specific aims, how to prepare a NIH style biosketch and how to formulate an effective personal biography. Discusses the peer review process, how fellowship applications are judged and scored. The students and postdocs will gather to form an in-class study section where trainees have the opportunity to review grants in the style of NIH study sections.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Assemble a research proposal appropriate for a NIH style fellowship application (F31 or F32)
  2. Prepare an effective NIH style biosketch
  3. Write an effective specific aims page
  4. Review research grants of peers
  5. Apply available search tools to identify appropriate funding sources for both national and international trainees
Methods of Assessment:

Students will be evaluated on class participation, including grant review activities (50%) and completing a mini research proposal and specific aims page (50%).

Enrollment Restriction:

The course is restricted to PhD students and postdocs in biomedical research

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Students outside of BMB need consent of instructor

For consent, contact: