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GPLL435 - Improving your research proposal for scholarship applications to NSERC, CIHR, FRQNT, FRQS

This workshop will help students to improve their draft research proposals for scholarship applications, many of which are due in the coming weeks. In this class, we will focus on applications to the major federal and provincial agencies providing scholarships in research sectors related to natural sciences and engineering (NSERC, FRQNT), as well as health (CIHR, FRQS). A brief overview of general strategies and tips regarding the research proposals, will be followed by breakout groups where students will discuss and brainstorm their emerging proposals.

In addition to having an outline of their own proposed research prepared before class, students will also be entrusted with the chance to discuss the work of others. Some of this will be done within the workshop setting, while some amount of “homework” will need to be exchanged by email in the days following this meeting. This exchange of feedback (peer-review) between students is expected to unfold in a respectful, confidential, and constructive way.

Notes: 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. Peer-review can be an excellent source of constructive criticism, but it is the responsibility of the individual author to decide which feedback to use.


Learning Objectives



After attending this workshop, participants will be have gained:
1. Common strategies when drafting a competitive research proposal;
2. How to provide and receive courteous and constructive peer-review;
3. A small group of least 2-3 other students, with whom peer-review can be exchanged.
a. It is important to realize that you will not only receive feedback on your own draft, but also be expected to provide feedback on the work of others.


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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