How to Write a Conference Proposal: Advice on Finding Calls Writing an Abstract, and Submitting your Scholarship Research


Mar. 1, 2021, 4pm to 5pm

Office/Remote Location



Answering a conference's call for papers requires writing an abstract or summary of what your talk is going to be about, and it's not an easy task! How do you boil down your scholarly work to 250 or 300 words? In this workshop, we'll share a five-part plan for pitching your research at almost anything, share sample abstracts as well as criteria used by conference selection committees, and you'll have a chance to get feedback on an abstract if you wish to bring a draft.

By participating in this workshop you will:

  • Participants will consider broad guidelines for writing an effective conference proposal
  • Participants will examine various abstracts and identify how effective they are
  • Participants will analyze rubrics used by selection committees for different conferences and consider how to tailor their own proposals to the criteria
  • Optional: Participants will workshop existing drafts of abstracts

Professional Development Academy Program: GRC

Professional Development Academy Pillars: Research

Learning Experience: Lecture

Time Commitment: < 2 hours

Lifecycle Stage: Early-Mid-Late Master’s, Early-Mid-Late Doctoral


  • Melissa Bowles-Terry, Associate Director, Faculty Center

Admission Information

This workshop is open to graduate students. Please RSVP at least 24 hours in advance for the workshop.

Contact Information

Grad Rebel
Graduate College

External Sponsor

Graduate College