Institute for Academic Outreach—Professional Development and Enrichment

Grant Writing Across the Disciplines

Grant Writing Course

Truman State University offers you an opportunity to acquire valuable skills in grant writing  in a convenient and affordable way with an online course for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Why Grant Writing?

  • It’s a skill in that’s in demand. Employers need people who can help secure additional resources for their organization. Plus, the writing skills translate well into other common workplace tasks.
  • In a tight economy, grants are becoming a critical source of funds for both profit and non-profit organizations.

Why Grant Writing at Truman?

  • It’s affordable. Truman tuition is among the most affordable among public institutions in the Midwest at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • It’s convenient. Online courses allow students to access content when their schedule allows them and to collaborate with classmates and their professor  across great distances.
  • It’s informed by experience. Your professor is an experienced grant writer with numerous successful applications and awards in her portfolio.

Grant Writing Courses:

PD 541 Grantwriting Across the Disciplines CRN: 7565
PD 541G Grantwriting Across the Disciplines CRN: 7666

The primary objective of this class is to teach students about the process of writing winning grant proposals.  After the class students have acquired the knowledge, skill, and confidence to write winning grants, and as a consequence, produce programs that benefit the world around them.  Under the guidance of the instructor, all students collaborate on the submission of one of more actual grants to government agencies or foundations.

Instructor: Rachel Ruhlen,

Students must be available to engage in a live web conference Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pm during the course. A video-capable computer along with a headset and a microphone will be required to participate.

Textbook: The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need
Author: Ellen Karsh
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780465058938
Edition: 4th


  • Current Truman students can simply register for the course like they do their other courses.
  • Those who are not current students will need to apply.
  • Non-degree-seeking application – for those who just want to take a course or two but are not interested in pursuing an entire degree program.