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GPLL440 - Developing scholarship applications for graduate research programs

This workshop will guide students in the planning and development of major scholarship applications due in the coming weeks and months. Most deadlines are still several weeks away, but these applications normally take several weeks to finalize, and requesting transcripts or asking for reference letters should also be done at least a month ahead of any deadline. The class will begin with a brief introduction to the major federal and provincial agencies and scholarship programs that support research in essentially all domains, including natural sciences/engineering (NSERC, FRQNT), health (CIHR, FRQS), as well as the social sciences and humanities (SSHRC, FRQSC). Eligibility criteria, essential application components, as well as application development tips and timelines will also be covered.

Note: Students are ultimately responsible for ensuring their own applications conform to the instructions and standards laid out on by each agency.

Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify and ensure “fit” between research proposal, stage of training, and funding programs/agencies.
2. Plan for transcripts, letters of reference, and other application materials to be developed and collected to meet relevant deadlines.
3. Draft, develop, and compile a complete scholarship application, and understand that successful applications will typically involve peer-review feedback from peers and mentors (e.g. proposed research supervisor, other student scholars, lay people).

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.
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