Global Health PhD & Postdoc Writing Retreat

Course code
Course fee
Course Level
Master or PhD

This online Global Health Writing Retreat will offer participants the opportunity to join various online workshops to improve their academic writing and communication skills and meet other global health PhD candidates and early career researchers. 

Eleven online half-day workshops are aimed to improve academic skills, relevant for early career researchers, PhD candidates, and postdocs. Over the course of three weeks, experts and senior researchers will facilitate (interactive) workshops, sharing the most common pitfalls in academic writing, and providing tips and tools to give engaging presentations, write stunning papers, and obtain research grants.  

Please note that a limited number of spots is available (max. 25).

The following workshops are part of the program, they generally are from between 10am-13pm NL / 9am-12 Ghana / 11am-2pm South-Africa

Date & Time     Workshop
2 Nov   How to give a good (online) scientific presentation
By: Mariska Wessel
4 Nov   Analytic Storytelling
By: Marieke Drost / Analytic storytelling
9 Nov   Academic writing 
By: Arjenne Louter
11 Nov (tbc)   (Data) visualization and poster design
By: Graphic hunters
16 Nov   Communicating science to the general audience 
By: Jive Media
18 Nov   Using Social Media as a Global Health Researcher #SoMe4epi
By: Sonia Boender & Ida Sperle
18 Nov   Social event (TropQuiz, movie night)
By: Uniting Streams
23 Nov   Making impact through research (and how to include this in a grant application)
By: Claudia Nicolaije
25 Nov   Mentoring workshops 1: Rick Grobbee - how to get published
Mentoring workshops 2: Miriam Sturkeboom - how to present at a grant panel 
25 Nov   How to engage communities and patients in your research 
By: Koiwah Koi-Larbi Ofosuapea
26 Nov   Academic CV and cover letter writing

For details and information on facilitators please see the workshop programme that will be made available in October. 

This online series is organized by Julius Global HealthUniting StreamsAction on Preeclampsia Ghana, North-West University South Africa, and The Netherlands Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health.

The team memvers are: Kimberley Nehal, Tom Jacobs, Koiwah Koi-Larbi Ofosuapea, Isabella Garti, Linda Fondjo, Lebo Gafane-Matemane, Anna Marza Florensa, Daniel Boateng and Joyce Browne. 

Course director
Dr. Joyce Browne & Dr. Daniel Boateng


Mariska Wessel - Giving a Good (Online) Presentation
Arjenne Louter - Academic Writing
Marieke Drost - Analytic Storytelling
Graphic Hunters - Data Visualization and Poster Design
Jive Media - Science Communication to a General Audience
Sonia Boender & Ida Sperle - Using Social Media as a Global Health Researcher
Claudia Nicolaije - Transform Your Research in a Grant 
Rick Grobbee - Get Your Work Published
Koiwah Koi Larbi Ofosuapea - How to Engage Communities and Patients in Your Research
Miriam Sturkenboom - Impressing Your Research Grant Interview Committee

Target audience

PhD candidates and postdocs. Our target audience are researchers working in Global Health, but if space allows, others can also join!

Aim of the course

By the end of the retreat, participants have improved their writing, presenting and data visualization skills, and have had the chance to meet other global health PhD students and postdocs.

Study load

Eleven 3 to 4-hour workshops in November. Some workshops may require preparatory work. All workshops will be in the morning (NL time) because of the time zones we would like to cover. 


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Extra information about the fee

Different registration fees apply:

  • Full/regular fee: €395,-
  • MIC or LIC* based participants: €195,-
  • APECGH nominees (5 max.): €150,-
  • NWU nominees (3 max.); 150 euros,-

*LIC and MIC are lower and (upper and lower-)middle income countries, as classified by the World Bank. Participants can apply for the LIC/MIC fee based on the location of the institution they are affiliated to. Limited discounted places available.


Extra application information

Applicants will be asked to provide a CV (max. 1 page) and a short motivation letter, explaining how you will apply the acquired skills in your (global) research activities (max. 300 words). 

Admitted applicants (max. 25) will receive a message of acceptance via email. 

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

Motivation Letter

More information


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
05 November 2021