Grant Writing Workshop

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Workshop Dates:  July 29 - August 3, 2018

Registration Deadline:  July 13, 2018

Registration is currently FULL. Please email if you would like to be placed on the waitlist. 

Location:  Mountain Lake Biological Station, Pembroke, VA 

Join NSF program director Dr. Leslie Rissler for a six-day hands-on grant writing workshop for junior scientists who want to learn strategies, styles, and structures to improve their grant proposals. The experience is geared toward early career proposal writers including early stage faculty, postdocs, and senior graduate students and will include direct discussions and writing sessions based on participants’ own proposal ideas. Limited enrollment (12) will enable close interaction.

Preparation: Participants will be asked to arrive with an outline or vision of a grant they need to, or might need to, prepare in the near future. One or two pages of thoughts will prepare you to hit the ground running.

Schedule: Program will begin Sunday morning 7/29, and end Friday afternoon 8/3. Attendees should plan to arrive Saturday afternoon 7/28. The first meal will be dinner on Saturday. Checkout is Saturday morning 8/4; lunch Saturday will be provided.

Location and Travel: MLBS is a remote full-service residential field station in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia. Road access is good. Attendees arriving by air should fly into Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA), a 1.25hr drive form the Station. Car rental and shuttle service is available at ROA. More…

Accommodations: Housing and facilities are rustic. Double occupancy housing may be assigned. Linens, pillows, and towels are not provided unless special arrangements are made. Wifi is available throughout the Station. There is no cell service. More…

Cost: $250 registration, plus room and board ($262.50 double occupancy or $285.25 private accommodation if available). To be considered for limited financial assistance, email a brief statement of need to


          Cost Breakdown

               Lodging (double occupancy) $   8.50 / night
               Lodging (private accomodation, space available) $ 11.75 / night
               Board (dinner, lunch, breakfast) $ 29.00 / night



Registration: A $50 deposit is required at registration. Balance is due by July 13. Deadline for cancelation with refund is July 13. On-line or telephone credit card payment, or receipt of check, is required to register. Enrollment will be limited to 12 participants. Your deposit will get you on the wait list if needed.

For More information:
About workshop structure and content: Contact Leslie Rissler,
About registration, travel logistics and the field station: Contact MLBS,, 540-626-7196, or visit

Registration for the workshop is currently FULL.

Please email if you would like to be placed on the waitlist.