IISMA Awardee of Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

AGE NEWS – In today’s interconnected world, securing funding through international grants has become essential, especially for students. These grants help them break the financial barriers that often limit access to international education and experiences. By seeking the opportunity of international grants, students can gain a lot of advantages, such as diverse perspectives, advanced knowledge, and invaluable experiences. To obtain this funding, a document called a proposal is required. A grant proposal is a request for funding that students or organizations submit to grant-making bodies.

In grant proposals, students or organizations should outline an initiative by explaining goals and expected timeline, demonstrating its significance, and explaining how they plan to utilize the grant funds to implement it. For the proposal to be successful, it must convince the potential funders of the project’s value and impact. For the university scale, the grant usually takes the form of funding for academic activities, projects, research, or cross-cultural experiences.

Before applying for the grant, there are a few things you need to prepare to make sure you’re ready to take the grant. Occasionally, unsuccessful grant registration is due to inadequate understanding and preparation for the targeted grant. So, these are 5 (five) things for you to consider before writing your proposal

Prepare your schedule and budget

Applying for grants involves dedicating time to finding appropriate grants, drafting proposals, and navigating the selection process. In fact, submitting three to five grant applications may increase your chances of winning at least one grant by around 90%. Be sure to allocate time for these activities as well as budget for related costs, such as research and professional writing assistance. If the grant requires you to go abroad, then make sure to prepare the schedule and budget within the specified period.

Anticipate both success and failure outcomes

Students or organizations should rely on multiple funding sources because grant opportunities cannot guarantee whether you get accepted or not. Keep in mind that grants are often competitive, and funding can be limited. Evaluate the potential benefits of an award against the time and effort required before deciding to pursue it.

Have a strong understanding of your project

Clearly define your project’s goals, timelines, and other funding sources before starting your grant application. Your proposal will be evaluated by grant-making bodies and committees who may choose to award funds to your competitors or simply choose not to award any funding due to a lack of matching and/or credible proposals.

Create an account to register

You may need to create an online account and complete verification processes before submitting grant applications. Some cooperative institutions may require you to register using your university email.

Make sure to submit the grant inquiry before writing the proposal

Consider whether it makes sense to submit a grant inquiry first. They usually have deadlines for every inquiry submission, so pay attention to them. If the grant-making body responds positively and requests a formal proposal, you can then proceed with writing a detailed response to the request for proposal (RFP).

International grants facilitate students or organizations with various funding opportunities, so the inquiries may also be varied. This experience not only enhances students’ academic and professional skills but also supports understanding and appreciation of different cultures, promoting global citizenship and international cooperation. So, make sure you’re not hesitant to begin writing your proposal and remember to carefully heed the requirements!


Author: Sharon Audrey Evangeline – Environmental Engineering – GLUCONS Participant

Editor: Zahra Hanifa Ramadhani – Digital Engagement Staff Intern