Grant Proposal Writing for Late PhDs and Early Postdocs in the Social Sciences

Monday, 28 November 2022, 10:00–12:30

This workshop offers an introduction to effective grant writing for early stage researchers in the social sciences (no prior experience required). Rather than focus on individual programmes we will concentrate on the basic principles of good proposal writing applicable “across the board”. The initial presentation will cover the following:

  • story-telling
  • clarity & coherence
  • knowing your audience
  • various tips, dos & don’ts

Experience talks by two faculty members conclude the event.

Trainer: Aron Wittfeld, Grants Advisor, Faculty of Social Sciences


Christopher Wratil, Assistant Professor at the Department of Government. Extensive grant writing experience, including successful applications for UKRI ESRC and Thyssen Foundation.

Edward Hackett, Professor in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University; Fulbright – University of Vienna Visiting Professor of Social Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Science and Technology Studies. Extensive experience in grant writing and on evaluation boards, including ERC grant panels.

Target group: Late doctoral candidates and early postdocs at the Faculty of Social Sciences

Venue: Meeting Room of the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences, Kolingasse 14–16, 1090 Vienna, OG01 (seminar room 11)

Registration: via e-mail to until 24 November 2022 („first-come-first-served“, max. 20 participants)



10:00–11:00  Basics of grant writing

11:00–11:15  Q&A

11:15–11:30  Coffee break

11:30–12:00  Experience talk Christopher Wratil with Q&A

12:00–12:30  Experience talk Ed Hackett with Q&A