Proposal Writing 101: How to Get Support for Your Project and Ideas

Sunday, October 20, 2019
Room 506-507

Led by Edris Madadian, Dalhousie University, Process Engineering & Applied Science

Finding the resources to support your projects and ideas can be a huge challenge. Writing a solid, robust, exciting and most of all responsive proposal is the key to success. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies, approaches, and some key stumbling blocks, both from the position of the applicant and the reviewer. Many of these strategies apply across the spectrum of funding opportunities - from scholarships and fellowships, to support form government sources and foundations to big initiatives with donors and companies. 

This workshop will contain a presentation followed by an interactive session, and students are encouraged to bring proposals, CVs or other related documents for feedback during the second half.


Edris Madadian obtained his PhD degree in bioresource engineering from McGill University in 2017 with an emphasis on optimization of advanced biofuels production using thermochemical conversion pathways. At the very outset of his doctoral studies, Madadian was awarded the prestigious Schulich Fellowship scholarship in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. During his PhD, he served as a board member for BioFuelNet Canada representing highly qualified personnel community from 2015-2017. Thereafter, he expanded his research theme in the field of energy and sustainable development and did one year of postdoctoral fellowship in the Mining and Materials Engineering Department at McGill University. In 2018, Madadian was awarded the prodigious Isaak Wilton Killam Postdoctoral Scholarship by the Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science at Dalhousie University. Madadian is currently the president of Dalhousie Postdoctoral Society while working on his research on in-situ landfill reclamation using a novel thermal green processing for green energy production. Throughout his graduate and postgraduate studies, he has published over 20 scientific manuscripts in prestigious international journals.

The target audience for this workshop is graduate students. However, all conference attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend.