NPAW 2022: Virtual Grant Support Session with Dr. Erica Machulak

Date & Time

Wednesday, 21 September 2022 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, 21 September 2022 - 2:30pm
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Online via Zoom


Postdoctoral Fellows Office


This event is part of 2022 National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Click here for a list of all NPAW events!

Join Dr. Erica Machulak for hands-on, interactive support sessions that are designed to provide immediate, hands-on feedback on participants’ draft proposal summaries. Drafts may be partial and at any stage of development. Feedback will be shared in an interactive small group session  with postdoc peers.

Due to the interactive nature of these support sessions, there are limited seats available in this session. So that our facilitator can prepare for the session, participants will be asked to submit the one-page project summary that they wish to work on during the support session by Monday, September 12, 2022.

Dr. Machulak will be presenting a talk on Tips and Tricks for Crafting Compelling Grant Applications earlier in the day. Click here for more information and to register for this talk.


Dr. Erica Machulak – Founder and Lead Facilitator, Hikma Strategies

Dr. Erica Machulak is the Founder of Hikma Strategies, an organization that helps people with unique expertise attract funding, build partnerships, and communicate complex ideas to new audiences. Through editorial consulting, writing, instructional design, and facilitation, she works with experts across fields to effect change through knowledge exchange. Her work has been published by Inside Higher Ed, Intellect Ltd, the Yearbook of Langland Studies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (BA), the University of Oxford (MSt.), and the University of Notre Dame (PhD). 


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