Given the central role of scholarship in academic medicine, the CFD has created a dedicated webpage to bring together the information to support your writing needs, projects, and goals. Please do not hesitate to give us feedback—this page is a work in progress.


Recommended books on writing:

  • We highly recommend this succinct yet thorough guide to excellent writing: 

 The Elements of Style, Strunk and White 

  • This book specifically addresses scientific writing:

 The Craft of Scientific Writing, Alley 

Noteworthy articles on scientific writing:

MGH Scientific Writing Group Writing Support

The MGH Scientific Writing Group (SWG), led by Rebecca Ward, PhD, is comprised of Medical/Scientific Writers in the Department of Medicine with specific expertise in cancer immunology, cardiovascular biology, neuroscience, and infectious diseases. Together, they have experience editing and writing manuscripts as well as all types of grants (R01, R21, K99, F31, U19, U01, U54, internal MGH and foundation grants). They assist in the publication of primary articles, reviews, commentaries, perspectives, and book chapters.

In collaboration with the CFD, the MGH SWG provides freelance writing and editing services for MGH faculty and trainees which is fully subsidized by the CFD, up to 5 hours and limited to once annually. Please fill out this brief application
There is no deadline; apply when writing support is needed.

Workshops and Courses on Writing


Funding your Research: How to Obtain Foundation and Philanthropic Grants
Sponsored by the Harvard Catalyst
Applications due: Wednesday, September 1
Course runs September 15 - November 10

This online course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the writing and application process for foundation and philanthropic funding.

Techniques to Writing a Competitive Grant
Sponsored by the Harvard Catalyst
Applications due: Wednesday, September 8
Course runs September 22 - December 1

Introduction to Implementation Research: Designing & Evaluating Interventions
Sponsored by the Harvard Catalyst
Applications due: Friday, September 10
Course runs September 15 - November 10

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Sponsored by the Harvard Catalyst
Applications due: Friday, September 10
Course runs September 3 - October 22

NIH Funding: Navigating the R01 & K Grant Submission Process
Sponsored by the Harvard Catalyst
Applications due: Friday, September 22
Course runs October 6 - December 1

How to Write a Response to NIH Grant Reviewers
Sponsored by the CFD
September 23—12:00 -1:00 PM

Leo Cheng, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology; Kristin White, PhD, Associate Professor of Dermatology & Co-chair, Subcommittee on the Review of Research Proposals, CBRC

How to Increase the Odds of Acceptance into High Impact Journals 
Sponsored by the CFD
November 17—12:00 -1:00 PM
Julie Ingelfinger, MD, Professor of Pediatrics
More details to come

Conquering the K: Applying for an NIH Career Development Award
Usually offered in February
2021 course information

MGH Essay Writing Workshop
In 2021: 4 evening sessions from March through June
The MGH Writer-in-Residence Program offers a virtual essay workshop for writers at all levels. The goal is to complete a short essay or narrative (800-1500 words) such as might appear in a newspaper, magazine, or medical journal. The topic may be personal, medical, and/or editorial or oriented toward advocacy.


Writing a Manuscript – Patricia A. D’Amore, PhD, HMS Charles Schepens Professor of Ophthalmology

Looking Your Best on Paper: How to Write a High Impact CV or Resume (podcast) - Lauren Celano, MBA, Founder and CEO of Propel Careers



NIH Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops
Sample Resources:

  • Tips Before You Submit: Ever Wondered What Happens During the Scientific Review of an NIH Grant Application? Understanding how peer review works is key to writing a good grant application. In this 44-minute video, NIH Peer Review: “Live” Mock Study Section, scientists have gathered virtually to review three fictional applications in response to a fictional Request For Applications. Watch their discussion to learn how applications are scored, what questions are commonly asked, and what mistakes to avoid in your application.
  • All About Grants Podcast: Considerations for a Research Plan In this NIH All About Grants episode (MP3 / Transcript) a duo of NIH program officers share their advice and experience on developing a research plan for a grant application.

HMS Office for Postdoctoral Fellows
This resource includes a component on Manuscript & Scientific Writing (Prep Strategies for Writing, Writing for Publication Boot Camp, Cultural Aspects of Writing, and Professional Correspondence for Scientists).

Harvard Catalyst

By cataloguing content from a collection of courses and resources, the Writing and Communication Center provides countless videos, articles, websites, rubrics, and course offerings surrounding funding, written communication, speaking skills, visual media, and professional development.
Multi-year program for K grant awardees seeking independent research funding.
Watch a series of interviews with Harvard researchers as they explain how to create a good research question. Researchers share helpful frameworks, factors to consider, candid advice, and how they've utilized these strategies in their own work. 

HMS Effective Writing for Healthcare
This resource is a professional development program launched in 2020-2021, with specialized tracks in (1) Writing for Medical and Scientific Journals, (2) Writing for the Public, and (3) Writing Grant Proposals.

Templates and Samples
Samples of Successful Grants

Promotion-Related Templates and Samples

Fellowship Application