The Grant Consultant in the Center for Writers provides support to faculty and staff 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. Requests made too close to the submission deadline may not be fulfilled depending on consultant availability.
Proposal reviewing, editing, and proofreading work can frequently be handled through email and digital comments in Word. In proposal review requests, please include these items:
- 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 description of the type of assistance you are seeking and when;
- a brief statement of your proposed idea or scope of work;
- a draft of the section/s to be reviewed;
- any other pertinent information you want to share.
The Grant Consultant prepares grant-related resources for the CFW website 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 email@example.com.
The Grant Consultant can consult on grant searches, proposal coordination, and budget development, but does not provide grant searching services, proposal package coordination, nor budget research and writing.
For specific grant policy and budget questions, contact Sponsored Programs Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For assistance with grant searching or using Pivot, contact the Research Development team at email@example.com.
Planning consultations: 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.
Reviewing and editing: 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: Proofreading for typos, grammar, correctness, and appearance. Proofreading services can be scheduled in advance in order to reserve Grant Consultant time for your proposal. Requests made too close to the deadline risk having no consultant availability, but feel free to ask if there are openings as it comes up.
New grant writer assistance: Orientation, review of grant support services at NDSU, networking, extra help to get you started.
Resources: Help with connecting you to useful resources for preparing your grant proposals; maintaining grant writing web pages and resources for the Center for Writers.
Consulting on all proposal types: Includes small proposals, internal NDSU proposals, and local foundation proposals, in addition to large, external proposals.
Scarlet Gray Bernard
NDSU Center for Writers
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.
The Grant Consultant is available half-time from August 16 to June 15. Please email for appointments, questions, and digital reviewing requests.
Grant writing consultation may be available June 16-August 15 with a graduate 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.
Students working on grant applications should schedule with a graduate consultant as their first line of contact. The grad student consultants have experience with grant and fellowship consulting and work with the grant consultant when needed.