A training camp called “Intensive coaching for writing research proposals and applications for JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)” was held in Karatsu. Seven students in both science and humanities joined the camp.
First, Assoc. Prof. Onimaru and Prof. Araya gave a lecture about how to write “easy to understand research proposals” and how to write “applications that will easily be selected”. They taught students about standards for screening and points they must especially pay attention to.
Next, Dr. Hirabayashi, a Postdoctral Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, shared her own experience of writing applications. Students listened carefully so as not to miss a word she said.
Then, students prepared their research proposal and application in advance, and they received personal advice regarding these. Teachers from different fields joined and all students were able to receive advice from them. Everyone refined their material all night until dawn.
In the morning of the second day, they submitted their final application and proposals. Each one received advice on how they can improve and where they needed to change. Students received tough feedback, but they had a very meaningful two days.