How to Succeed with Academic Applications?

Digital PhD workshop, Brussels, August 16 - 18, 2021.

Dialogues with the Past. The Nordic Graduate School in Archaeology.

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There is a life after the PhD dissertation. This life is not necessarily straightforward in terms of a scientific career. It is a clear political and institutional expectation that researchers today acquire external funding for research projects – which are fundamental to an academic career. A PhD-position does not usually provide competence in project design and fund raising, even though this is the future for most PhDs who wish to pursue a career in research.

The aim of this workshop is to provide future researchers with skills to succeed in writing academic applications and acquiring external funding. It aims at giving PhD students increased knowledge about writing good project applications for research funds, the logic of evaluation of applications, and the key potential funding sources in Europe. The workshop is developed for PhD candidates who are in the final phase of their PhD projects. 

Course work

The workshop will consist of individual presentations, group work and visits to relevant institutions in Brussels. Before the course starts, each PhD student is to prepare and pre-circulate a fictitious project application draft (3 pages, Times New Roman 12, Spacing 1,5). The simulated call for the workshop will be sent to the applicants after they have been accepted to the workshop.

This fictitious project application is only meant as a practice exercise in constructing applications, and does not have to be related to your own PhD topic. Feedback will be given to each individual application, but the point of this exercise is also to address the common challenges researchers have writing academic applications.

During the workshop, each student will present his/her pre-circulated research proposal (3 minutes) and receive feedback from a fellow student (10 minutes) whom also chair the following general discussion (10 minutes). On day 3 participants will be divided into three groups. Each group will be charged with the task of preparing a 10 minute presentation of a strategy for improving their project ideas. The presentation shall be based on all three sketches and present common key points for improving the three applications. The presentations will be structured as a role play where the lecturers act as an evaluation panel who assess and give feedback on the revision strategy, including quality of analysis and plans. Each group will have 10 minutes to present their project, then get a 15 minute evaluation from the panel followed by a 15 minute group discussion.



Prof. Håkon Glørstad                Dr Katharina Rebay-Salisbury        Dr. Konstantinos Chilidis

(Museum of Cultural                (Austrian Academy of Sciences)         (University of Oslo)

History, University

of Oslo)





Location, travel and costs

The workshop will be organized digitally. Admitted PhD students will receive the necessary meeting links prior to the workshop.



The Graduate school invites all registered PhD students who are in the final phase of their PhD Project to apply for participation. Please follow this link to apply for the course (in English only). From these applications, 10 PhD students will be admitted to the workshop.

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Important dates

Application for participation: May 16, 2021. Confirmation on your participation will be sent out shortly after this date together with a reading list.

Submission of Project Application draft (3 pages, Times New Roman 12, Spacing 1,5): June 30, 2021 


Håkon Glørstad
Published Feb. 10, 2020 3:55 PM - Last modified May 7, 2021 4:53 PM