Proposal and Grant Writing Undergraduate Certificate
The Proposal and Grant Writing certificate program is an opportunity for students to pursue formal study of grant development and proposal writing and to gain professional experience writing proposals and managing grants (through an internship pipeline and experiential/client-partnered courses). Students learn about and gain experience in all stages of the grant development process, including researching funding opportunities, building relationships with funders, managing complex grant proposals and teams, writing and designing proposals, and managing grant funds, work plans, outcomes assessments, and relationships.
Grant writing professionals are in demand and possess a specific set of skills–these factors make proposal and grant writing particularly amenable to certificate programming. Students who earn this certificate will gain a specific set of discrete and hands-on skills that translate into a range of workplace roles and skills.
- The certificate can be completed through online, in-person, or hybrid courses.
Declaring This Certificate
- Please contact the certificate faculty advisor.
For questions about the Proposal and Grant Writing certificate program contact Dr. Kari Campeau (firstname.lastname@example.org).
These program requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their Proposal and Grant Writing advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- Students must complete a minimum of 12 ENGL credit hours.
- Students must complete a minimum of nine upper-division (3000- level or higher) credit hours.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all courses that apply to the certificate and must achieve a minimum cumulative certificate GPA of 3.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the certificate GPA. Courses taken using P+/P/F or S/U grading cannot apply to certificate requirements.
- All credits for the certificate must be completed with CU Denver faculty.
|Complete the following foundational course:||3|
|Proposal and Grant Writing|
|Complete three credit hours from the following professional writing elective courses. All professional writing elective courses include content and assignments that address different aspects of proposal and grant writing.||3|
This course is most useful to students with career interests in business and nonprofits.
This elective is broadly applicable, as it provides the most direct experience in grant writing. It should appeal especially to students interested in working in research careers as well as students who want to pursue grant writing as a career path.
Students work on faculty members' grant writing teams and with ORS to build a grant repository for CU Denver.
|Literary Editing: Copper Nickel|
This course is most useful to students with career interests in the creative arts and publishing. Students who take Literary Editing and complete the Proposal and Grant Writing certificate will gain professional experience editing a national literary journal and composing and writing competitive grant proposals.
|Writing in the Sciences|
This course is most useful to students pursuing the certificate with career interests in academia, science, medicine, and/or healthcare.
|Complete six elective credits approved by the certificate director.||6|
|Electives may be drawn from the professional electives or from courses selected in consultation with the certificate advisor. Electives should support students to gain experience in the fields that they want to pursue. For example, students who are interested in writing scientific research proposals might take courses in related science disciplines. Students who are interested in using grant writing skills in a nonprofit context would be encouraged to take courses in nonprofit and business management|
By completing this certificate, students will be able to:
Identify fundable problems in specific contexts
Research funding opportunities and find funding matches for specific projects
Understand the importance of building funding relationships
Design, write, revise, and complete a grant proposal
Conceptualize and use persuasive visual and design elements when compositing a proposal
Respond to sponsors and manage grant funds
Conceptualize and explain the role that proposal and grant writing will fit in their careers