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GPLL466 - Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students in a Research Program

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 the 1) research areas and programs that each of these agencies support, 2) eligibility criteria, 3) funding cycles, and 4) 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 accessible though Concordia International and the School of Graduate Studies. Complementary information sessions about studying abroad on exchange are offered regularly by Concordia International.

Note: 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:
• 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.

Leaders Information

This workshop is led by Michael Verwey, Fellowship Development Advisor, School of Graduate Studies.

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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