Graduate Studies

Free Grant Writing Seminar for Graduate Students

This in-depth seminar, offered for free to matriculated USM graduate students and students enrolled in a USM graduate certificate program, is designed for graduate students who plan on entering professional careers requiring knowledge of grant writing. This seminar will give you the skills needed to successfully submit proposals.

Developing effective grant writing skills offers a competitive edge for job-seekers across many disciplines including education, social sciences, music, art, public policy, community planning, health sciences, sciences, etc. Writing a successful grant proposal is a blend of art and science. It requires basic knowhow, content knowledge, writing proficiency, strong research skills, creativity, organizational ability, patience, and a great deal of luck. This seminar will provide students with the background necessary to develop a competitive funding proposal.

The seminar is limited to 15 students.  If you are interested in signing up, or if you need more information, please contact Terry Shehata, USM Coordinator for Institutional and Research Grant Development, at 228-8239, or The seminar runs for five sessions, beginning on Tuesday September 10, 2013, from 5:30 - 8:00 on the Portland campus.

Students who complete this seminar will have the opportunity to participate in Graduate Seminar in Proposal Development II, which provides more in-depth, hands-on workshops on proposal development.  This seminar will culminate in the award of a $250 research grant to the student proposals given the highest funding scores based on student and instructor review.  Scheduling of Graduate Seminar in Proposal Development II would be later in the fall semester or early in the spring semester depending on the level of interest. It will also be free of charge to graduate students.

For detailed information, please view the syllabus here.