Writing a Predoctoral Fellowship

Course Number: 
PABIO 590B
Course Type: 
Career Development
Currently Offered: 
Yes
Credits: 
1
Quarter: 
Spring
Weeks: 
1-5
Meeting Time: 
Monday and Friday, 8:30-9:50am
Location: 
UW, South Campus Center (SOCC), Room 350
Instructor (MCB Faculty): 
Lingappa, Jaisri
Class Size: 
12-15
Course Description: 

In this course, students will write a five-page, NIH-style proposal on a Pathobiology-related topic and submit this for peer review.  Students should be prepared to submit a one paragraph summary of the proposal with specific aims during the first week of the course for instructor review.  Classes in the first two weeks will consist of five lectures/discussions about elements of grant writing.  Lectures will be followed by a one-week break that will allow students time to finish writing their proposals and to review proposals written by other students.  In the last week of the course, students will review each other’s proposals anonymously, in NIH-style grant group review sessions and using written critiques.  Anonymous written critiques will be distributed to grant writers.

Learning Objectives: 

By the end of this course, students will know techniques for crafting different sections of an NIH-style proposal, and will have experience with writing a predoctoral proposal and critiquing proposals written by others in writing and in small group review sessions.

Prerequisites: 
Enrollment in a UW graduate program in the biomedical sciences and instructor permission for students not in the Pathobiology program.
Required Text: 
No textbooks will be used. All course materials will be made available online at the class website.
Course requirements, examinations and grading: 

Students can choose to take this class for Credit/ No Credit or for a grade.

Fellowship

30%

Critiques of other fellowships

20%

Class participation

50%

Instructor

(optional)

Lecture topic

Homework

(optional)

Mon. March 30

J. Lingappa

Part I: Designing the Specific Aims 

Part II: Discussion of Specific Aims examples

 

Students submit grant summary and specific aims for instructor review

Fri. April 3

J. Lingappa

Part I: Writing the Background Section 

Part II: Discussion of Specific Aims examples

 

Students write their 5 page proposal

Mon. April 6

J. Lingappa

Part I: Writing the Research Design Section 

Part II: Discussion of questions regarding your proposals

 

Students write their 5 page proposal

Fri. April 10

J. Lingappa

Part I: More time for discussing questions on your proposals 

Part II: Peer reviewing proposals

 

Students write their 5 page proposal

Mon. April 13

NO CLASS (time to write your proposal)

Students write their 5 page proposal

Fri . April 17

NO CLASS (time to write your proposal)

Grants likely due on Wed. April 15.  Students receive 3 – 4 grants to critique on Friday April 17.

Mon. April 20

J. Lingappa

Grant review session I (Students attend only one review session)

 

Written critiques for this session due on Sun. April 19.  Students should be prepared to summarize any of the grants they reviewed and their critiques.

Fri. April 24

J. Lingappa

Grant review session II (Students attend only one review session)

 

Written critiques for this session due on Tues. April 21.  Students should be prepared to present a short summary to the group for any of the grants they reviewed, along with their critiques.