Who is this tutorial for?

This tutorial is suitable for students and professionals in higher education (especially post-graduate students and early-career academics and librarians) who would like to learn the basics of writing a grant proposal to receive funding for an activity or project.

There is no cost to participate in this tutorial. It is offered as an open educational resource by INASP.

What did previous participants say about the content in this tutorial?
  • "This was an eye-opening course that came at the right time for me because I was in the process of coming up with some grant proposals related to some of my PhD thesis findings."
  • "I think the course has equipped me with enough tools to write an award winning grant proposal. I am very much ready now to write one smile"
  • "I have been exposed to a lot of aspects that are useful towards coming up with a successful grant proposal."
What will you learn?

On completion of this tutorial, you will have developed or improved your skills in:

  • Carrying out essential preparatory steps before you write a grant proposal, including searching for grant opportunities
  • Preparing a suitable CV as a supplement to a grant proposal
  • Writing a well-structured grant proposal
  • Using an effective writing style in a grant proposal

Length of the tutorial

This is a self-study tutorial.  You can join any time and stay enrolled in the tutorial for as long as you would like. However, we recommend that you complete the tutorial within 4 weeks of joining.

Topics covered

The tutorial consists of four lessons.

  1. Preparing to write a grant proposal
  2. Preparing a CV
  3. Writing a grant proposal
  4. Writing style for a grant proposal
Expected time commitment

4 to 6 hours to complete the entire tutorial

Learning resources and activities

Text-based lessons with embedded questions; optional videos; a check-your-understanding quiz

Completion criteria
  1. Going through all the lessons;
  2. Passing the check-your-understanding quiz; and
  3. Completing the feedback survey.

A certificate will be generated automatically for you once you have met the completion criteria. You can download this certificate from the tutorial homepage.

Connectivity required

The core resources and activities in this course are text-based, so you do not need a fast internet connection. There are some optional videos in the course for which a fast connection would be useful. However, you can complete the tutorial even if you cannot watch these videos.


This is a self-study, self-paced tutorial, so there are no deadlines.

Technical support

We are unable to offer technical support for this tutorial. All the information you need to complete the tutorial successfully can be found in the introductory resource at the start of the tutorial.

Is the tutorial compatible with mobile devices?

Yes, you may use a web browser or the Moodle Mobile app on your mobile device to access this tutorial.

Is there any advice on how to learn online?

This PDF document may be useful to help you prepare to learn online. It also contains answers to frequently asked questions.

Can the learning resources be reused or adapted?

Yes. The learning resources have been developed by INASP and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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**You can enrolment in this tutorial anytime.**

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