Teach! Write! Learn! Become a Grant Coach!
Interested? Email Crystal Botham (email@example.com) for more information.
Download slides from 2019 Info Sessions (2019 Grant Coach Info slides - Stanford login required)
Grant Coaches are essential for the Grant Writing Academy’s success
We train postdocs as Grant Coaches to lead our Proposal Bootcamp courses (BIOS 242, BIOS 263, BIOS 279), a 5-6 hours commitment per week during the Autumn or Spring Quarters. Meet our current and past Grant Coaches. Specific roles include:
- Supporting and facilitating peer review by training participants to give and receive feedback via a structured process
- Supporting and facilitating focused feedback from faculty
- Clarifying and reinforcing writing strategies presented through course materials (readings, videos, lectures, class activities)
- Fostering a supportive writing community within and beyond the classroom
- Providing constructive feedback to writers
- Delivering curriculum and other relevant content and sharing expertise
Grant Coach are paid an hourly rate and gain conceptual and practical experiences:
- Developing and articulating research strategies – a critical skill for independent research
- Writing effectively – a necessary skill for all career paths
- Asking for and providing effective feedback – a mandatory skill for mentoring in all careers
- Facilitating peer and faculty review sessions – a crucial skill for success as reviewers, teachers, and mentors
- Teaching – a unique opportunity to make an enormous difference
- Building community – become part of a network of professionals committed to excellence in training the next generation of scientists
The Grant Writing Academy’s Grant Coaches complete REQUIRED training (un-paid) co-facilitated by the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
The Grant Coach training and teaching time fulfills requirements for the Postdoc Teaching Certificate.
Visa Eligibility: F1 OPT – Permitted to participate in Grant Coach program; J-1 – Unable to participate unless DS-2019 includes teaching. *If you do not know, please look on your DS2019 form or ask your departmental postdoctoral administrator to help you look up the form they submitted with this information; H-1B – Unable to participate in this program; H4 – Unable to participate in this program; E-3 – Unable to participate in this program.
Feedback from Grant Coaches:
“The teaching opportunities gave me reassurance in my capacity to teach and mentor within an academic setting. It gave me more confidence in teaching and interacting with students. It provides wonderful clarity on how to write grants and also help students thrive.”
“Provided an opportunity to formalize my own grant writing techniques, learn new strategies and then test the best ways to distill them for others.”
“The Grant Coach program provided me with a sense of confidence concerning my career choices”
“Provided a classroom environment that needed to be managed, which is a rare opportunity at Stanford as a postdoc.”
Questions: Email Crystal Botham (firstname.lastname@example.org