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Grant Consulting

The Grant Consultant in the Center for Writers provides support to faculty, staff, and students in the writing stages of their grant and fellowship applications, from planning to writing to review.

To secure Grant Consultant services on your proposal, early contact is advised. Start scheduling with the Grant Consultant as soon as you have committed to doing a proposal so you can arrange the types of assistance you need at the right stages in the proposal. Otherwise, for general reviews of drafts, email your request a week before you need to receive the Grant Consultant feedback.

In your request, include these items:

  • a draft of the section/s to be reviewed;
  • a link to or copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP) or grant guidelines or questions (whatever will help in performing an informed review of your work);
  • a brief statement of your proposed idea or scope of work;
  • a brief description of the type of assistance you are seeking and when;
  • and important dates in the life cycle of your proposal preparation (for example, by when you need a review done, when you’re sending items to Sponsored Programs for budget review, when you’re submitting the proposal to the grant agency).

Requests made too close to the submission deadline may not be fulfilled.

Grant Consultant Services include:

Grant Consultant Services include:

Planning stages: Help with planning the writing process, discussing writing strategies and narrative arguments, brainstorming, setting draft and review deadlines prior to submission, brainstorming and networking for Broader Impacts, help with analyzing reviewer critiques in order to revise for resubmission.

Writing stages: Review drafts for grantsmanship, organization, readability, and responsiveness to sponsor requirements or reviewer critiques (for resubmissions); editing for clarity and flow of your document; editing for formatting and presentation of your document.

Proofreading: Cursory proofreading prior to submission may be obtained if the Grant Consultant has time available. Proofreading services can also be scheduled in advance.

New grant writer: Orientation, review of grant support services at NDSU, networking.


The Grant Consultant does not provide grant searching services, proposal package coordination, nor budget research.

For specific grant policy and budget questions, contact Sponsored Programs Administration at

For assistance with grant searching or using Pivot, contact the Research Development team at


The Grant Consultant prepares grant-related resources for the CFW website [under construction] and collaborates in grant workshops with CFW staff and Research Development.

The Grant Consultant is building a file of sample proposals. You may contribute your proposals as samples to this file by emailing them to the Grant Consultant at 


Scarlet Gray Bernard

Grant Consultant

NDSU Center for Writers
Library 16 


The Grant Consultant is available half-time from June 16-August 15. Please email for appointments. Grant writing consultation may be available June 16-August 15 with a writing consultant in the Center for Writers. For grant consultations other than writing reviews, please contact the Research Development office or Sponsored Programs Administration in RCA.

About Scarlet Gray Bernard

Prior to joining the Center for Writers as a Grant Consultant, I was a Grant Coordinator for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Human Development and Education for three years. I have been a staff writer for a small daily newspaper; a graduate student instructor in Composition and Business & Technical Writing; an independent music teacher of flute, guitar, and bass; a planetarium educator, which included writing, producing, and presenting shows and promoting them; and a freelance editor and proofreader. I volunteer with the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club and with the NASA Solar System Ambassador program.

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