Writing grant proposals require particular skills but in the end it is skill in writing that is valued most.
Ironically, writing a successful grant proposal is not necessarily about how well one knows the
subject of a study. This is because the proposal comes before the actual work or study. Later, one
knows a lot about the subject. In applying to study it the most important value is how well one
presents it. This requires not only analytical skills, but finding a gap in the object of one’s research,
developing one’s own voice and presenting the subject to a particular audience. Ultimately, this
involves concise writing and editing, which shows the stakes of writing as it actually has a ‘price’
attached to it. Proposal writing emphasizes the use of active and positive language. A strong
proposal needs strong analytical and research skills. Further, it makes students imagine the
importance of their research in the sense of contribution to the field.
assignment sequence; grant proposal; power relations
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