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GPLL72 - Developing a competitive scholarship application (Social Sciences & Humanities)

This workshop will help 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 the social sciences and humanities (SSHRC, FRQSC). Both research in the social sciences and humanities and research creation applications will be reviewed.

The first class will provide a brief overview of many essential components and important writing tips for key sections of the application (e.g. outline of proposed research, the most significant contributions to research and development, and the applicant’s statement). One week following the first class, participants are expected to provide: 1) an outline of their proposed research as well as 2) a research contributions or most significant contributions statement.

In the second class, we will improve upon each other’s drafts to create stronger applications through “peer-review”. The documents (proposed research and candidate statement) will be exchanged between students and all participants will be expected to provide written and verbal feedback on statements from at least three other students, in a respectful and constructive way.

Session 1 will take place on Friday, May 29 from 9:30 - 11:00.
Session 2 will take place on Friday, June 12 from 9:30 - 11:00.
Attendance in both sessions is mandatory.

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

Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify and ensure “fit” between their own proposed research, stage of graduate training, and funding programs/agencies.
2. Plan for transcripts, letters of reference, and all other application materials to be developed and collected well before any hard deadlines.
3. Draft two major sections: An outline of proposed research, as well as a research contributions or most significant contributions statement.
4. Electronically, peer-review materials (e.g. #3) in a respectful and constructive way.

Leaders Information

This workshop is co-led by Pamela Tudge and Michael Verwey.

Pamela Tudge thinks of herself as part food nerd, part academic, and part environmentalist who really loves design and art that makes her think deeper about the world. As a PhD candidate in the Individualized Program, Pamela is exploring critical design as a methodology to investigate historic and contemporary domestic practices around food and waste. Pamela, has worked for over 15 years in the fields of climate science, education and the arts. She also holds a MA in Geography from UBC and a BA-Honors in Geography and Environmental Studies from the UVic.

Michael Verwey is 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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