PROposal Writing for Early-career Scholar Success

PROposal Writing for Early-career Scholar Success (PROWESS) is back! The successful pilot workshop in 2022 has paved the way for a second year of PROWESS with a new arts specific program. The PROWESS programming is funded by the Office and the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and the sponsoring Schools and College, led by Associate Dean for Research Dorothy Farrar Edwards. Supporting the full range of scholarly areas addressed by UW-Madison faculty and research scientists, PROWESS is an intensive program to spur development of successful proposal submissions from early career researchers throughout UW-Madison’s departments and units.

The PROWESS Arts will help artists across schools at the University of Wisconsin-Madison understand and access funding, resources, and community available, including an overview of arts funding landscape and form of writing necessary.

Over the course of 5 weeks beginning June 2023, the workshops will comprise five, two-hour and half structured seminars addressing essential elements of successful proposals and four writing group meetings facilitated by a professional editor.

Seminar topics include:

  • developing compelling, readable, and accessible project descriptions and research aims,
  • creating feasible timelines and budgets, and
  • drafting, critiquing, and revising grant proposals.

Writing groups will cover non-scientific elements of applications, such as structure and critical ancillary support documents, and participants will read and critique each other’s proposal drafts. Mentors will help participants identify appropriate funding sources and provide support as they develop, refine, and submit grant applications. Participants will network with peers about grant-seeking and grant-writing processes. As a final step, prior to submitting their proposal to the funder, participants will present their draft grant proposals to a review panel, which will supply feedback from a diverse set of disciplinary and career perspectives.

Submission Details

Elements you will be asked to provide are:

  • current CV
  • up to 500 words describing your project with specific aims/goals
  • proposed extramural funding source and deadline
  • name of a potential mentor (if known)
  • approval from department chair or center director
  • brief statement of prior experience writing and submitting proposals.

Awardees will be announced the week of May 8th


Arts faculty regardless of rank are encouraged to apply

Application for 2023 is closed

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who will review my application?

The Associate Dean for your School or College will review your application. The Associate Deans for the collaborating Schools and Colleges will make the final decisions.

What are the program dates?

There will be a mandatory in-person kick-off meeting on Wednesday, June 7th from 11:30-1:15 with lunch served. Arts seminar will run on Thursdays from 12:30-3pm in the Education Building.

Will the seminars be held in person or virtually?

The program will take place in person, and we will accommodate virtual attendance only if needed.

Does my mentor have to be from UW-Madison?

Your mentor does not have to be a UW-Madison faculty/staff. You may select to work with a mentor who is outside the institution.

What will the schedule look like, and what topics will be covered each week?

Here is the tentative schedule and topics.

TBD: Kickoff on Wednesday, June 7th from 11:30-1:15
Overview of PROWESS structure and goals
Seminar 1: “Funding and the Artist at UW-Madison + Navigating Campus 

Thursday, June 15

Seminar 2: “Funding for the arts

Thursday, June 22nd

Seminar 3: “Writing Proposals

Thursday, June 29

Seminar 4: “Community/External partnerships and the University-based Artist 

Thursday, July 6th

TBD: Panel Review
TBD: Writing group 1
TBD: Writing group 2
TBD: Writing group 3


Questions about PROWESS?

The program is led by Associate Dean for Research Dorothy Farrar Edwards.

For administrative questions, please contact Project Manager Amanda Kruger.

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