Support for Grant Writing

One-on-One Support

Dana Nowlin-Russell is available to consult one-on-one with Pitt faculty who are writing grant proposals.

Dana regularly teaches the Grant Writing course in the English Department, and she has recently added a Grant Writing for Research course to the undergraduate course catalog. She is especially interested in helping faculty writers organize proposal information, generate and clarify ideas, work through writer’s block, and develop language appropriate for funders. 

Dana offers individual appointments through the Writing Center. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can choose to book either a one-hour appointment or a 30-minute appointment in-person or online. To make an appointment, visit the Writing Center scheduler and select either the in-person or online schedule and book your appointment.

When you are scheduling your appointment, please set clear intentions. Provide a few sentences that answer these questions: “How can we make the most out of this session?” and “What am I writing about (or what do I want to write about)?” If possible, note any relevant proposal information, such as the funder's name (if applicable), focus area(s), and deadlines. 

Questions? Email Dana.

Workshops for Humanities Faculty

In March 2023, Hannah Johnson will offer a two-day online workshop for humanities faculty. The workshop (March 3 and 13) is designed to help you locate funding and begin writing your proposal. 

Resources

The Office of Sponsored Projects offers proposal development training.

They also offer training and resources for those who are applying for prestigious awards.

And they can help you learn to use Pivot in order to identify potential grant opportunities.

Examples

Sometimes writers find it useful to see examples of successful grants. 

Open Grants is an open repository of funding proposals that you can browse.

You can browse successful National Endowment for the Humanities funded projects from the University of Pittsburgh.

You can also browse funded Mellon Foundation projects from Pitt faculty.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services maintains a list of funded grants, and you can see projects specifically from the University of Pittsburgh.