NIH F & K Grant Writing Workshop (Online)

Winter 2024 (3 units)

Course is full. Waitlist only for Wtr 2024.

This course is designed to provide doctoral students and other trainees with training on the preparation of a NIH Fellowship or Career Development Award application in a structured environment. The course will cover funding mechanisms, NIH submission and review procedures, charting out a timeline for writing and assembling all grant components, and writing each component of the grant application.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic NIH funding mechanism.
  • Identify the major components of an NIH grant.
  • Develop a personal grantwriting plan with timeline for completion.
  • Develop grantsmanship writing and preparation skills.
  • Integrate information on grantwriting into a well-developed grant application.
  • Prepare a draft application with all proposal elements determined.




Course Co-Director:

Erin Van Blarigan, ScD

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
email: [email protected]

Course Co-Director

Amy Conroy, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
email: [email protected]


Lecture and discussion.
Each class will include reading and homeworks. All sessions will take place remotely using Zoom on Wednesdays, 1:10 PM-3:00 PM, Jan. 10 to Mar. 13  

All course materials and handouts will be posted on the course's online syllabus.


None required.

Recommended: The Grant Application Writers’ Workbook by S.W. Russell and D.C. Morrison. Seminars and Workshops, LLC. 2010.

Books may be purchased either through the publisher or a variety of commercial venues (e.g.,


Assignments during the course will include writing and revising sections of a training grant (e.g., Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation, Candidate Statement, Training Plan). Assignments will also include readings, conducting peer reviews of classmates’ writing, and communicating with sponsors and program officials. Student grades will be based on: Completion and quality of assignments (80%) Class participation (20%)

Only UCSF students (defined as individuals enrolled in UCSF degree or certificate programs) will receive academic credit for courses. Official transcripts are available to UCSF students only. A Certificate of Course Completion will be available upon request to individuals who are not UCSF students and satisfactorily pass all course requirements.

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Course Fees
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Only one application needs to be completed for all courses desired during the quarter.

Winter 2024 Course Schedule

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