“All other factors being equal, the most effectively written and presented grant application is going to be the most successful grant application."


Mary W. Walters


Mary W. Walters

is the author of Write an Effective Funding Application: A Guide for Researchers and Scholars (The Johns Hopkins University Press). She works with academics from all disciplines as a writing consultant and editor on grant applications, journal articles, nominations for awards and fellowships, research profiles and scholarly biographies, web text, and a variety of other communications products. She assists individual writers and artists to develop effective funding applications and helps cultural and non-profit organizations with their grant-writing projects.


Mary has served as a reviewer for such funding agencies as The Canada Council, Alberta Culture, and The Alberta Foundation for the Literary Arts. She has successfully applied for grants as a writer, editor in chief of a publishing company, and on behalf of numerous non-profit organizations.
Mary is an award-winning fiction writer, with two novels and a collection of short stories from established presses. She has also written and widely published articles, essays and short fiction. You can visit her website at marywwalters.com


Client Successes

Mary has supported successful applications and nominations for a range of grants, fellowships, awards and prizes, including:

  • Fellowships in the Order of Canada, the Royal Society of Canada and discipline-specific societies such as the American Physical Society
  • Awards and prizes such as the Gold Medal in Remote Sensing (Canadian Remote Sensing Society), the Synergy Innovation and Challenge Award (NSERC), the Steacie Fellowship (NSERC) and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit
  • Funding applications on behalf of individuals and groups to national granting organizations


Selected Personal Achievements

  • Winner: Writers Guild of Alberta Award for Excellence in Writing, Novel Category
  • Winner: Alberta Achievement Award
  • Winner: Alberta Culture/CBC Write for Radio competition
  • Nominee: Edmonton YWCA Tribute to Women Award
  • Listed: Who's Who in Canada