Grant Specialist



Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


United States


About Us

Our group (The STEM Advocacy Institute; is comprised of all volunteers who are passionate about science. We are scientists and non-scientists who have been trained/work at Harvard, Stanford, MGH, and MIT among other places. Our mission is to conduct research that leads to the development of new ideas and insights to support trainees, organizations, and policy makers involved in advancing training in science around the world. We envision a future where equitable access and exposure to quality science education is possible for all.

The Problem We Are Tackling

As many individuals, organizations and countries realize the importance of training in STEM for growth and prosperity, there is a great need for new and enhanced understanding to help trainees, organizations, and policy makers build a scientific enterprise of the future. Although there is more information for trainees, organizations, and policy makers, understanding is lagging far behind. We call ourselves meta-scientists and we need you to help us develop new ideas, tools, and insights.

A recent tool (Stories in Science) that we developed and presented at the United Nations can be found

The full list of our publications can be found on our main website:

The Opportunity: You will work closely with the leadership team in researching and writing grants.

Example Specifics

  • Research and communicate various grant opportunities in order to identify funding sources.
  • Conduct literature review dealing with funds available through grants from private foundations, corporations, civic groups and other entities
  • Provide assistance in researching assigned topics and gathering information related to trends or occurrences.
  • Gather funding requirements and explain procedures necessary for funding attainment
  • Assist in writing, preparing and coordinating grant application processes

Benefits to You

  • You will receive guidance and mentorship from our diverse group members who care about your career development
  • You will learn how to write grants and the required reports for funding agencies
  • You will learn about careers in science both within and outside academia
  • Gain meta research experience
  • You will learn about project management
  • Depending on satisfactory progress, we may consider you for a longer period of time

Who we are looking for:

  • All majors are encouraged to apply. Some science background is a plus
  • Attained a Bachelors Degree (Masters level & PhD is a plus but not required)
  • Ideally be based in the Boston area (makes it easier to meet in person if necessary) Being based in Boston is not a requirement
  • Excellent writing skills: (A small writing test will be administered)
  • Some experience with original writing is a plus
  • Some background in analysis and interpretation of relevant data, research, and literature
  • Someone who is open to learning new things
  • Someone who is a self-starter; takes initiative (you will be starting your own projects)
  • Excellent communication skills (extremely important)
  • Someone with excellent organization skills (this is critical)




Training Provided

We welcome

International Volunteers

How To Apply

Please submit cover letter, CV/Resume, and any example writing material you have.