How to write a postdoctoral research proposal

Aim:The course will offer key tips and strategies to write a successful application.
Provider: Michela Bertero and Marta Sallés (CRG)
For:PhD students & junior postdocs

The course consists of two parts to maximise learning and give a practical experience of the entire process of applying for a fellowship.

The first part combines theoretical lectures from experts in fellowship applications as well as hands-on exercises. In part 2 participants write their own fellowship proposal and this is evaluated by two PRBB PIs and the course trainers. Participants then defend their project to the evaluators and the class in a short presentation and interview.

Study commitment:

BEFORE THE COURSE: All participants must submit title + abstract of their potential project (max. 250 words) to Abstracts should be submitted by the 23rd September at the latest.

BETWEEN SESSIONS: Between the second and the third session participants will write their own proposals. Approx time commitment 4-6 hrs.

Please note that if a quorum of 4 participants submitting a proposal is not reached, the evaluators will provide only written feedback.


Michela Bertero has a PhD in Genetics, several year experience in research in life sciences and research management. She is currently the head of International and Scientific Affairs office at the CRG

Marta Salles has a degree in biology and several year experience at CRG in research management, particularly in funding for PhD Students and postdocs. She is currently the fellowship advisor of the Grants Office of the CRG.

"I can’t wait to start writing my proposal to apply all the tips and advice given in the course" Edition 2017.
"An eye opener for the fellowship writing skills" Edition 2016.

Dates: Place/time: Capacity: State:  
1st, 3rd October & 26th November 2019 1st & 3rd Oct: Ramon y Cajal. 26th Nov: Sala de Juntas (4th floor)
9:00 - 13:00
12 Registration open   Register here!

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Finished editions:

31st May, 2nd June and 7th July.
1st & 3rd June 2016. Evaluation day: 1st July.
3rd & 5th June. Evaluation day: 3rd July.
26th & 28th May 2014. Evaluation day: 20th June
7th and 8th May 2013. Evaluation day: 5th June.
1st & 2nd October. Evaluation day: 24th October
Monday 9th & Thursday 12th May 2011; Feedback day 31st May
17th & 18th May 2010; Feedback day 7th June