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Fellowship and Scientific Writing Resources

The Office of Fellowships and Scientific Writing (OFSW) delivers scientific writing and communication programs to students with the goal of elevating student-led research initiatives. We provide support to those who are seeking information about how to prepare fellowship proposals, write manuscripts, and looking to improve oral presentation skills. To this end we offer several multi-session fellowship writing workshops, writing bootcamps, and scientific communication seminars throughout the year.

Services provided by OFSW

Students are invited to schedule individual appointments for specialized consultations, attend peer workshops, and other programming to help in with their scientific writing and communication needs.

Fellowship Writing Workshops

The OFSW has sourced materials from the NIH, professional grant writing consultants, and the literature to create multiple fellowship writing workshops that combine didactic lectures with peer review of participants’ proposals. Notification of the workshop dates are sent out via the Graduate Student email list.

  • NSF GRFP Workshop: The NSF GRFP funds early stage graduate students who have not completed a Master’s degree. This 6-week long workshop includes detailed instruction regarding rules and regulations, review criteria, and peer review of students’ drafts. Dates: September

  • NIH F31 Workshops: The F31 National Research Service Award (NRSA) predoctoral training fellowship is given to promising applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators. We offer the F31 workshop series three times a year and the dates coincide with NIH fellowship cycle deadlines. The goal of these 8-week long workshops is to provide students with information regarding application components as well as the NIH peer review system for evaluating fellowships and grants. Dates: October, February, and June

  • NIH F99/K00 Workshop: The F99/K00 Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award supports outstanding Doctoral candidates completing dissertation research training (F99 phase) and then through the transition to a mentored postdoctoral position (K00 phase). This workshop focuses on crafting a successful application through the use of grant writing advice, University generated templates, and assistance with drafting proposed research for the post-doctoral phase of this award. Dates: March

Manuscript and Dissertation Writing Boot Camp

Our office hosts a manuscript and dissertation writing boot camp in the Spring Semester. This boot camp provides a quiet, distraction-free space on campus in which you can work on your writing project for a specific block of time. We schedule independent writing time, accountability check-ins with your peers, and invite speakers to give our trainees scientific writing advice.  Dates: Spring Semester

Scientific Communication Seminar Series

Our office invites experts to lead seminars on a wide range of scientific communication topics. The following list includes upcoming events. Notification of seminars will be disseminated through the Graduate Student email list.

  • How to Present in the Virtual World
Speaker: Megan Allen, PhD
Date: November 2020
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  • Do’s and Don’ts of Poster Presentation
Speaker: Megan Allen, PhD
Date: January 2021
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  • Careers in Scientific Writing (Collaboration with the Office of Career and Professional Development)
Speakers: TBA
Date: March 2021

One on One Consultation and Proposal Editing Services

We encourage students to reach out to our office to set up appointments for individualized advice on all topics related to fellowships. We can assist at all stages of proposal development; including helping you choose the fellowship that is right for you, brainstorming research topics/hypothesis development, structuring an effective proposal, and lastly we offer professional editing of finalized drafts with advanced notice. 

Additional Resources

Receiving a fellowship positions you as a leader in your scientific field, whether at the beginning of your graduate career or close to graduation. Further, effectively communicating your research to other scientists and the general public is a critical component of your scientific training at WCGS. Please refer back to this site as we frequently update programming throughout the academic calendar. We've listed additional resources here that might be helpful. 

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Office of Fellowships and Scientific Writing Contact Information

Contact us with questions regarding fellowship development or scientific writing. 

Megan Allen, PhD
Megan Allen, PhD
Grants Development Specialist
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Associate Dean WCGS
Anjali Rajadhyaksha, PhD
Associate Dean, 
Program Development
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