Skip to main content


GPLL434 - Crafting a competitive doctoral scholarship application for natural sciences, engineering & health

This workshop will help potential and current doctoral students to plan for and develop upcoming scholarship applications. In it, we will focus on the major federal and provincial agencies providing scholarships in research sectors related to natural sciences/engineering (NSERC, FRQNT), and health (CIHR, FRQS). A brief overview of most essential components will be provided, but strong emphasis will be given to writing tips for key sections of the application (e.g. outline of proposed research, most significant contributions).

Note: Students are still ultimately responsible for ensuring their own applications conform to the instructions and standards laid out by each agency for the specific funding program(s) they ultimately select.

Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify appropriate funding opportunities, collect and develop all parts of the application, understand the scoring and competitive process underlying these programs.
2. Draft major sections of the application: An outline of proposed research, as well as a research contributions or most significant contributions statement.
3. Seek appropriate reviewers for each section, that will be able to help improve the application.

Leaders Information

This workshop is led by Michael Verwey, the Fellowship Development Advisor in the School of Graduate Studies at Concordia University. After completing his doctorate in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University, Michael was a postdoctoral researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and the Montreal Clinical Research Institute. In support of these research experiences, Michael has held several competitive scholarships and fellowships, from the FRQS, CIHR, NSERC, and Concordia University. More recently, Michael has continued to contribute to the development of research proposals and the management of funding competitions through his roles in the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) at McGill University, as the Manager of Programs at Brain Canada Foundation, and as an independent consultant for Canadian researchers.

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
Back to top Back to top

© Concordia University