Grant-Writing Resources

A Quick Guide

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Where to Begin

Those of you beginning the grant-writing process may want to read the following three items:

  1. The Berkeley Research Development Office provides free grant application-related services for faculty.
  2. "The Art of Writing Proposals: Some Candid Suggestions for Applicants to Social Science Research Council Competitions" by Adam Przeworski and Frank Salomon. Social Science Research Council. September 1988. This work is geared for those in the social sciences, but it is still one of the best resources on grant writing in general.
  3. "The Holy Grail: In Pursuit of the Dissertation Proposal" (PDF) by Michael Watts. Dissertation Proposal Workshop, Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley. 2001. As with the example above, this work is geared for those in the social sciences, but it still provides a wealth of information for proposal writing in other disciplines.

After you have familiarized yourself with the above resources, we would recommend that you select readings from the following categories, depending on your discipline:


  • Carlson, Maria. "Submitting A Grant Proposal: Risks, Benefits, and How to Succeed" (PDF). Faculty Proposal Development Tutorial, Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, 1998.
  • Gillis, Christina M. "Scholarly Arguments: Strategies for Writing Persuasive Proposals in the Humanities." Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of California, Berkeley, 1993. You can order a copy for $5 from the Townsend Center, 460 Stephens Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720.


Social Sciences

  • Krathwohl, David R. How to Prepare a Research Proposal: Guidelines for Funding and Dissertations in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Third edition. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1988.

Resources and Tutorial for Writing Grant Proposals

Resources, tips, and instructional guides for writing grants, proposals and dissertation proposals. (Source: Sponsored Projects Office)