Teach! Write! Learn! Become a Grant Coach!

Please email Crystal Botham, PhD (cbotham@stanford.edu) if you are interested in becoming a Grant Coach!

Learn More & Apply: https://grantwriting.stanford.edu/grant-coach-training/

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), a 4-5 hours commitment per week during the Autumn 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

Hourly rate for new Grant Coaches will be $45/hr and $50/hr for returning Grant Coaches.

The Grant Coach training and coaching time fulfill requirements for the Postdoc Teaching Certificate.

We are looking for Grant Coaches with:

  • Experience with submitting NIH diversity supplements, NIH fellowships (F30, F31, F31), or NSF GRFP
  • Experience with teaching online courses or workshops

Important dates for Grant Coach applicants:

  • Application portal launches early July 2023
  • Virtual info session with Grant Coaches July 17, 2023 from 2:00-3:00 pm [Register Here]
  • Applications due August 6, 2026 by midnight [Apply Here]
  • Virtual interviews with finalists August 21-23, 2023
  • Decision emails will be sent on August 25, 2023 by 5:00 pm
  • In-person Grant Coach training on September 11, 2023 from 9:30-4:00 pm
  • Autumn Proposal Bootcamp is 8 weeks from Sept 26 to Nov 17, 2023

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 (cbotham@stanford.edu)

Grant Coaches

  • Stephanie Balters, PhD
  • Samuel Thompson, PhD
  • Rebekah Gullberg, PhD 
  • Elizabeth Maynes, MD PhD
  • Colwyn Headley, PhD 
  • Amy Nippert, PhD 
  • MK Quinn, PhD
  • Iris van ‘t Erve, PhD
  • Albina Ibrayeva, PhD
  • Cellas Ari’ka Hayes, PhD
  • Renato Navarro, PhD

Past Grant Coaches


Name Years Current position Current organization
Shiva Abbaszadeh 2014-2015  Assistant Professor  UC Santa Cruz
Rebecca Albright 2015  Marine Biologist  California Academy of Sciences
Joshua Arribere 2016-2017  Assistant Professor  University of California, Santa Cruz
Kevin Beier 2017-2018  Assistant Professor  University of California, Irvine
James Broughton 2017-2018  Scientist  Mammoth Biosciences
Sky Brubaker 2015-2019  Associate Director and Head of Preclinical Research  VitriVax
Dan Christoffel 2014  Assistant Professor  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mina Esmaeelpour 2018  Assistant Professor  University of Missouri Rolla
Tanya Evans 2014-2015  Assistant Professor  University of Virginia
Meghan Halley 2014  Research Scholar  Stanford University
Diana Hanrgreaves 2014  Assistant Professor  Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Paul Hoerbelt 2018-2019  Life Sciences Specialist  L.E.C. Consulting
Jesse Jokerst 2014  Assistant Professor  University of California, San Diego
Nick Karayannis 2015  Assistant Professor  Ohio University
Kevin Mann 2015-2017  Applications Scientist  Bruker
Ben Mason 2015  Scientist  Zymergen
Danielle Mathersul 2018-2019  Lecturer  Murdoch University
Annalisa Pawlosky 2015-2016  CEO  Forefront Bio LLC. Research Solutions
Todd Peterson 2017-2018  Assistant Professor  University of North Carolina Wilmington
Danielle Nagelberg 2017-2018  Teacher  Temple Teacher Residency Program
Ali Rashan 2014  Resident Physician  Rutgers University
Jason Reuter 2014-2017  Co-Founder  Jungla, Inc
Vahid Serpooshan 2014  Assistant Professor  Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory   University
Laura Simpson 2018  Basic Life Research Scientist  Stanford University
Zhiyuan Song 2015  Senior Scientist II  Machine Learning at L’Oréal
Trisha Stankiewicz 2015 – 2016  Medical Writer  Penumbra, Inc.
Ann (Jagger) van Dyck 2014
Lamia Wahba 2014-2019  Basic Life Research Scientist  Stanford University
Jennifer Wilson 2017-2019  Assistant Professor  UCLA
Hoda S. Abdel Magid 2020-2023  Assistant Professor  University of Southern California
Leah Guthrie 2021-2023  Assistant Professor  UC Berkeley
Cintia Kimura 2022-2023  Surgery Resident  Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida
Kelsie Eichel 2020-2023  Postdoc  Stanford University