How to Succeed with Academic Applications?

PhD workshop, Brussels, August 21 – August 23 2019.

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

Photo: Chilidis, UiO

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. The venue is Brussels where the European Research Council is seated.

Course work

The workshop will consist of 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 projects can be found here.

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 not be given to each individual application. The point of this exercise is rather to address the common challenges researchers have writing academic applications.

During the workshop, participants will be divided into three groups. Each group will be charged with the task of creating a joint project application based on the pre-circulated drafts. The groups will also prepare a 10 minute presentation of their project for the last day. The presentations will be structured as a roleplay where the lecturers act as an evaluation panel that assess and give feedback about the project proposals presented by the PhD students. To this end, each group will have 10 minutes to present their project, then receive 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 Graduate School will finance and arrange travel and accommodation, as well as supply a daily allowance during the workshop for all participating PhD students who are part of the Dialogues With the Past network. Two PhD students will share a room.



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.

For more information please contact:


Important dates

Application for participation: June 14, 2019. 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): August 1, 2019.


Håkon Glørstad
Published Mar. 8, 2019 8:25 AM - Last modified Feb. 27, 2020 12:19 PM