Online Workshop: Grant Writing & Management in a Nutshell (Phase II)

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India Offices of Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG) and University of Cologne (UoC), in association with German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH), New Delhi, are organizing Phase II of online workshop on “Grant Writing & Management in a Nutshell”

The Phase I covering the basics of writing a grant and fellowship application was organized on 23 and 24 November. The Phase II will explore in greater depth the topics discussed in Phase I, adapted to the research fields and methods in the example grant proposals submitted by the selected participants. Please note that only the participants of Phase I of the workshop will be eligible to apply for the Phase II.

Event Information

February 25 to 26, 2021

Organizer(s): DWIH New Delhi, Max Planck Society, University of Cologne

Course Description

Grant writing is a skill that requires hard work and practice, and it can have a significant impact on a research career of a junior scientists. The concept of the workshop is to illustrate the methods and technical know-how required to prepare successful international research proposals irrespective of a certain disciplinary field. The workshop will cover topics from content development of a research proposal, scientific writing skills to budget planning. This model of specialized workshops has proven successful in the German research landscape.

The workshop is suitable for early-career researchers, who are looking for a post-doctoral fellowships or independent research grants for young researchers.


The Experts will share knowledge on important principles of grant writing that are independent of a certain disciplinary field and on fundamental structural elements that are required by most of the international funding organizations. For this workshop, we will have two technical experts:

Mr. Salvatore Angilletta (EU grants affairs for the Cologne based Max-Planck Institutes; Plant Breeding, Biology of Ageing, Metabolism Research and Study of Societies)

In his work, Mr. Angilletta pays special attention to young scientists in attracting external fellowships and grants to enhance research capacities and foster individual careers. Special focus is given on the career perspective acknowledging the increasing globalization, competition and speed of science. He was on behalf of the European Commission, Chair of the secretariat of the global ENIC-NARIC network responsible for the recognition of academic and professional qualifications. He was appointed expert by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) for the working group of the European Commission developing a CREST/European Council’s report on “Mutual learning on approaches to improve the excellence of research in universities” chaired and published by Frank Ziegele and Georg Krücken. He was member of a national expert commission for the development of the first national action plan for the enhancement of career perspectives of young researchers of the BMBF. He was member of the supervisory board of German EIT Health GmbH 2015-2017. Salvatore published in international peer reviewed journals and books, being the first in Germany to assess effects of globalization on educational systems in a sold-out monograph in 2000. Salvatore holds a degree in educational sciences from the Technical University of Dortmund and has numerous publications on education and the future of its institutions.

Dr Thilo Zimmermann (University of Cologne)

Dr Zimmermann is an International Project Manager for third-party funded projects at the International Office of the University of Cologne. He serves as advisor for DAAD DIES ProGRANT project, organizing proposal writing courses for young research scholars around the world. He studied economics at the University of Cologne and holds a PhD in International Political Economy from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy. He went to Harvard University and Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris for one-year research stays. His PhD on European Republicanism, a new approach to understand European integration, was published by Palgrave in 2019. Before his PhD, he worked at the German Embassy in Rome, Italy, where he coordinated several projects. After his PhD, he was a consultant for Tavla, a start-up company in the digital sector that was being hosted as the Gateway incubator at the University of Cologne.

Participant Profile

You are eligible to apply, if you meet the following criteria: 

  • PhD scholars, post-doctoral researchers and above
  • Affiliated to an academic institution
  • At the beginning or middle stages of your research career
  • Must have attended Phase I of online workshop “Grant Writing & Management in a Nutshell”

Application Requirements and Process

Applications can be submitted at

Submit your application as per enclosed format. Fifteen participants will be selected based on the quality of the preparedness of their application and will be notified by mid-February of their participation. Please note that your application does not guarantee confirmation of your participation.

 Deadline for applications: 29 January 2021, 1700 Hrs Indian time.


Kindly note that this workshop only intends to improve the grant writing techniques of the applicant. This workshop, in no way, assures a guarantee of acceptance in any future third-party funding calls for applications, nor this workshop will accept any applications for third-party funding calls of the participants by the experts. This is not a scholarship building workshop but one that will provide a basic format to develop a research proposal and equip scholars to formulate their research ideas later when they apply for a research project.