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Info sessions & orientation

Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students in a Research Program

Date & time
Wednesday, June 19, 2024
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Cecilia Kramar, Katherine Belloso, Caroline Eastwood


This event is free


Anim Hossain



There are numerous funding programs available to graduate students who are undertaking academic research and working towards a thesis. This workshop will introduce the scholarship programs and funding agencies available to Concordia graduate students.

There will be an overview of the major federal and provincial funding agencies that provide research scholarships in the social sciences and humanities (SSHRC, FRQSC), Natural Sciences and Engineering (NSERC, FRQNT), and health (CIHR, FRQS).

Students will be oriented to:

  • Research areas and programs that each of these agencies support
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Funding cycles
  • Basic elements of an application

In addition, the session will explain specific funding programs that require institutional pre-selection/nomination such as the PBEEE (under the FRQ), and the prestigious Vanier scholarship program (tri-agency).

The workshop leaders will also speak to the conference, research travel funds and mobility awards that are accessible through Concordia International and the School of Graduate Studies. Complementary information sessions about studying abroad on exchange are offered regularly by Concordia International.


Students are 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 select.

Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

• Identify funding opportunities that are available to them to support their graduate research and training.
• Ensure alignment between their own proposed research, stage of graduate training, and funding programs/agencies.
• Plan for the timely development of a complete scholarship application.

This workshop is led by:

Cecilia Kramar, fellowship advisor for the School of Graduate Studies. Cecilia holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience, has successfully mentored numerous graduate students with their funding applications, and has extensive knowledge of international and local funding programs.

Caroline Eastwood, coordinator for Mobility Programs at Concordia International. Caroline is responsible for managing a number of international funding opportunities for students and faculty at Concordia, including the Quebec Mobility Bursary and the Mitacs Globalink Research Award.

Katherine Belloso, advisor, Graduate External Awards. Katherine holds a master's in communication, has been working at the School of Graduate Studies for several years and is responsible for eligibility and post-award administration of external graduate awards.

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