Grant Preparation Program 2019

A program for women by women

Applications are now closed.


Equal parts mentoring program, networking and skill development, the Grant Preparation Program is an opportunity for early to mid-career women to learn from other women who are established in their field. 

Grant applications continue to be an integral part of research. After piloting the Grant Preparation Program last year, this year’s edition will continue to prepare researchers before writing begins. Mentoring, networking, and skill development are invaluable elements used to foster self-awareness to produce great ideas, a compelling story, and ultimately a strong grant proposal.

Program Structure

This four month program is free to participants and runs from late June to October 2019. WiSPP is excited to offer valuable workshops with highly regarded facilitators. Flexible meet-ups between events will help support you and will keep your momentum strong.

Program Breakdown and time COMMITMENTS

Mentee participants must commit to all components of the program series.

  • Meet the Mentors

    Friday, June 28th, 10am - 12pm

    Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre - Level 7 - Lecture Theatre B

    This session will start with a panel discussion with our mentors facilitated by A/Prof Vera Ignjatovic. Next, you will meet your groups and Dr Clare Fedele will take you through a science communication workshop. (Time commitment: 2 hours)

  • Framing your track record in grant writing

    Monday, September 2, 9:30am-12pm

    Walter and Eliza Hall Institute - Level 7 - Seminar Room 2

    This workshop will be facilitated by the GrantEd Group. Even the most amazing project idea won’t be funded without a researcher or team who can feasibly execute it. This session will help you understand some of the most important aspects of writing the track record section of a grant proposal, including how to positively incorporate significant career interruption/s. We will also touch on how to link this to your project plan to underpin a feasible project.

  • Foundations of Negotiation: Claiming & Creating Value

    Tuesday, October 15th, 9:30am-4:30pm

    Florey Institute - Level 5 - Seminar Room

    Facilitated by Professor Anne Louise Lyttle, this one-day workshop has been developed specifically for the WiSPP Grant Prep Program to further participant’s development and career success. While women in science are experts in their fields, they often lack the formal training in negotiation that would help them achieve more successful outcomes. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a strategic framework, as well as a wealth of tactics and practice evidence-based recommendations, to help women get what they deserve. (Time commitment: all day)

  • Group meetups

    Your group is responsible to schedule meet-ups between sessions. (Time commitment is up to you)


Interested to learn more?

Contact your institute's representative:

Murdoch Children's Research Institute: Vera Ignjatovic

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research: Julie Sheridan

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre: Sarah Russell

Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health: Rachel McQuade

The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity: Lynette Beattie