Pick Mine! Writing Effective Applications in English

Do you apply for grants, fellowships, and/or jobs in English? Do you find that you receive rejections complimenting your applications, but leave you wondering why the committee didn’t pick your project? Grabbing the attention of and impressing selection committees so that they award you funding is a difficult task. With decreased funding pools and increased numbers of candidates, making your application stand out from your peers is paramount to “hooking” the committee’s attention and ultimately being awarded a fellowship, grant, or job. But knowing how to do this effectively can be daunting, especially if you are writing in English.

How do you get committees to pick your applications? This interactive workshop will show you how to compose effective funding and job applications in English. We will explore application facets such as developing catchy titles, constructing compelling introductions to draw in selection committee members, writing a stimulating research statement, and “sealing the deal” with a strong and effective conclusion. In addition, we will discuss knowing how and when to deploy different vocabulary and grammar in English. Finally, one section of the workshop will be dedicated to peer review and refinement of your own application materials, including curriculum vitae, so that you have a personal blueprint to use for future funding opportunities.


  • Learning how to compose effective applications in English.
  • Knowing how and when to deploy different vocabulary and grammar in English.
  • Having your own application materials peer reviewed.


Dr. Jennifer Rodgers, an assistant research professor of history at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where she also serves as an editor on the Einstein Papers Project, will lead the workshop in collaboration with Elissa Mailänder, associate professor at Sciences Po and vice director of the CIERA. Dr. Rodgers holds a PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania and specializes in German and European History. Her research broadly deals with humanitarianism and human rights, archives, as well as the histories of medicine and gender.
The workshop will be held remotely, on Saturday April 2nd and Saturday April 23rd.
Between these two sessions, we will be working individually with you on your letter of motivation/ cover letter, your short abstract (PhD project, abstract submission for a scholarly article or conference paper) and a short CV (2 pages).

Modalités de candidatures

  • Cet atelier a lieu en anglais, mais on pourrait aussi occasionnellement se servir de l’allemand voire du français. Cependant il est attendu des participant.e.s qu’ils et elles maitrisent la langue à l’oral comme à l’écrit.
  • Applicants must register or renew their registration on the CIERA website.
  • Application materials include a letter of motivation (1 page) and a CV (1 page), both in English. They must be sent in a single PDF-file, through the CIERA website, by clicking on the yellow « candidatez » button.



For questions about the application process please contact Isabelle Schäfer (isabelle.schafer@sorbonne-universite.fr)







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Publié le 21/07/2021