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Grant & Proposal Writing

Granstmanship Graduate Certificate (online)

The Truman School of Public Affairs offers the only graduate-level grant writing certificate program in the country. By completing this certificate, students will gain proposal writing skills and learn how to manage grant-funded programs effectively. As a 100% online certificate program, the program is well-suited for a variety of audiences, including both working professionals, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. Learn more and view the Gainful Employment Disclosure on this page.

Graduate-level Courses 

PUB_AF 8830: Grant Writing I (3 credit hours). Provides students with knowledge regarding the process of seeking grant funding. Students will work in small groups to complete a letter proposal. They will experience the peer review process both as applicant and reviewer. Graded on A-F basis only.

PUB_AF 8831: Grant Writing II (3 credit hours). Provides students with knowledge regarding the process of seeking grant funding. Students will work in small groups to complete a full-blown state or federal grant proposal. They will experience the peer review process both as applicant and reviewer. The course will cover a variety of funding sources and a range of funding types to provide students with an information base for preparing future grant applications.

Proposal Writing Seminar

If you missed our last proposal writing seminar, here is the "Show me the Money" presentation, which covers some of the basics. It was created by Robin G. Walker, PhD for a national webinar of the Entomological Society of America in 2015.

Searching for funding on Pivot (formerly COS)

Use your missouri.edu email address to access a database called Pivot. To use the database, you must first create an account.

  1. Go to https://pivot.cos.com/register  
  2. Enter your name, University of Missouri email address and a password.
  3. For Institution, the box should automatically populate with University of Missouri.
  4. Click the bar, "Create my account."
  5. You will receive an email confirmation right away.
  6. Follow the instructions in the email to confirm the account.
  7. Once you confirm, you will be able to sign in and search the database.

Tip: To narrow your search, try Pivot’s Funding Advanced Search feature. Under Find Funding Opportunities, start with the words "fellowship" and "masters" or "doctoral" in the top search box. Under Keywords, add a field of study. If your search is too broad, you can you the lower half of the screen to exclude words not relevant to your search. 

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