University of Florida

ABE 5936
Writing Grant Proposals for Scholarships and Fellowships

Semester Taught - Fall

Catalog Description


The course is intended to provide incoming graduate students in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department a broad introduction to opportunities for obtaining scholarships, fellowships, internships, and teaching/research assistantships from federal funding agencies. The course will introduce the students to funding sources and opportunities, provide guidelines for proposal writing, and require students to prepare a mock proposal which will be reviewed by the instructor and students enrolled in the course.


Students are required to have graduate status and currently be enrolled toward a degree program in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department. If the student has not taken a technical writing elective, they must contact the instructor to be eligible to register for the course.

Course Objectives

Students should leave the course with knowledge of the opportunities for obtaining federal funding to support their graduate education, and armed with the tools needed to compete for successfully obtaining support.


Eric McLamore
Office: Room 105 Rogers Hall
Phone: 392-1864 x105

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required


Course Outline


Part 1: Grant Writing Basics

  • Introduction to Grant Writing
  • Objectives and Hypotheses
  • Methodology/Research Plan
  • Expected Results
  • Potential Problems and Alternative Strategies
  • Mid Term Exam

Part 2: Opportunities and Funding Agencies

  • The National Science Foundation
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • National Aeronautic and Space Administration
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • National Institutes of Health
  • U.S. Military Sponsored Research
  • U.S. Center for Disease Control
  • Independent Organizations
  • Final Exam

Attendance and Expectations: Attendance is vital to class participation and in-class discussion, and is therefore required. Absences for which a medical or court excuse is provided (professional letterhead required) will be excused. Any significant tardy or early departure from class will be figured as a half absence.


Grading Scale
A 90-100%
B 80-89%
C 70-79%
D 60-69%
E <60%
Grading Method Percent
Attendance and Participation 25%
Homework 10%
In Class Presentation/Literature Review 20%
Mid Term Exam 15%
Final Exam 20%
Mock Proposal 10%


For obtaining graduate credit, students must submit a full mock proposal, complete with budget and timeline requirements. Graduate students, in order to graduate, must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better (B or better). Note: a B- average is equivalent to a GPA of 2.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement. For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit:

Make-up Exam Policy: Make up exams must be scheduled with the instructor at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled exam time. Consideration of make-up exams after this deadline will be by discretion of the instructor only.

Academic Honesty

As a student at the University of Florida, you have committed yourself to uphold the Honor Code, which includes the following pledge: “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.”  You are expected to exhibit behavior consistent with this commitment to the UF academic community, and on all work submitted for credit at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." 
It is assumed that you will complete all work independently in each course unless the instructor provides explicit permission for you to collaborate on course tasks (e.g. assignments, papers, quizzes, exams). Furthermore, as part of your obligation to uphold the Honor Code, you should report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code.  Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For more information regarding the Student Honor Code, please see:  

UF Counseling Services

Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance. These resources include:

  1. University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, personal and career counseling;
  2. Student Mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171, personal counseling;
  3. Center for Sexual Assault/Abuse Recovery and Education (CARE), Student Health Care Center, 392-1161, sexual assault counseling;
  4. Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.