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Grant Writing Session #1 SSHRC OISE Student Success Centre (OSSC) James Corcoran (CTL); Gary Fogal (CTL); Steven Leigh (CTL); Pamela Osmond (LHAE); Chloe.

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1 Grant Writing Session #1 SSHRC OISE Student Success Centre (OSSC) James Corcoran (CTL); Gary Fogal (CTL); Steven Leigh (CTL); Pamela Osmond (LHAE); Chloe Shantz-Hilkes (LHAE) Lisa Chinchamie (APHD); Michelle Pon (CTL) September 16, 2014

2 Overview Participant backgrounds Awards available Eligibility Evaluation criteria Writing a program or plan of study letter Application tips Departmental contacts and other resources Testimonials and tips Q & A

3 SSHRC Overview Doctoral Fellowships CGS Bombardier Doctoral CGS Master’s

4 CGS Bombardier Doctoral $35,000 a year for 36 months SSHRC selection committee only considers the top-ranked SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship applicants. Must be in Year 1 or 2 when taking up the award

5 Doctoral Fellowships months duration Annual value: $20,000 Quotas are based on previous success rates Each department has a different quota

6 CGS Master’s $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable Quotas are based on enrolment Each department has a different quota based on success rate and master’s population

7 SSHRC Doctoral Eligibility Full-time student Canadian citizen or resident Pursuing a first doctoral degree Overall average of at least A-, 80%, or a GPA of 3.7/4.0 (calculations differ depending on what year you are currently in). Applicants can be in Years 1 through 4

8 CGS Master’s Eligibility Applicants must have completed, as of December 31 of the year of application, between zero and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in: – The master’s program for which you are requesting funding Not have previously held a CGS M Overall average of at least A-, 80%, or a GPA of 3.7/4.0 in the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent) - calculations differ depending on what year you are currently in. Applicants (prospective students) to the program are now ranked at the Department level. Submit online An eligible graduate program must have a significant research component.

9 SSHRC Doctoral Evaluation criteria past academic results, as demonstrated by transcripts, awards and distinctions; the program of study and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge; relevant professional and academic experience, including research training, as demonstrated by conference presentations and scholarly publications; two written evaluations from referees

10 CGS Master’s Evaluation Criteria Academic Excellence: As demonstrated by past academic results, transcripts, awards and distinctions. Research Potential: As demonstrated by the applicant’s research history, his/her interest in discovery, the proposed research, its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field, and any anticipated outcomes Personal characteristics & interpersonal skills: As demonstrated by the applicant’s past professional and relevant extracurricular interactions and collaborations

11 Application Tips CGS-M Write down User ID and a password to access your application Complete and submit your application using the ResearchPortal. Doctoral Write down User ID and a password to access your application Remember to “verify” your application when you are done. The watermark should not appear. Complete and sign your checklist. Remember to sign your application!

12 Considerations When Crafting (or re- crafting) Program or Plan of Study Audience (Generalist vs Specialist) Outlining Structure: content by section Style: conciseness; format (APA & SSHRC specs.) Revision

13 Tips – Program or Plan of Study Clearly state your research purpose and questions. Make a strong case for the significance of your research to theory and practice Use language that scholars who are not in your field will understand. Select elements of your larger literature review that clearly support your purpose and your research methods. Present a workable research design in as much detail as possible.

14 Further considerations: Program or Plan of study Introduction: background and lit review (displaying broad and specific knowledge) Problem: where is the gap? Positioning: how may my research contribute to advancement of knowledge in this area?; how am I uniquely qualified to carry out this research in a timely and effective manner? Impact: so what? Why is this potential research important and to whom? How will I disseminate my findings to important stakeholders following completion?

15 The need for revision Part of writing process Should include multiple attempts Should include multiple stakeholders

16 Departmental contacts CTL: Michelle Pon LHAE: Sezen Atacan; Karen Palma SJE: Ann-Kristine Pearson APHD: Lisa Chinchamie

17 Resources School of Graduate Studies: Scholarships and Awards SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship programmes/fellowships/doctoral-doctorat-eng.aspx Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) – Masters OISE Student Success Centre (OSSC) School of Graduate Studies English Language Writing Support Centre (ELWS) Support.aspx

18 Suggestions for “best” practice Use multiple editors Consider taking ELWS courses Use OISE OSSC advisors and departmental advisors Attention to detail – departmental liaison Carefully consider clarity and feasibility of proposed research Edit, edit, re-edit

19 Gary Fogal (Doctoral SSHRC) Work the system – or not e.g. Strengthening Centres of Creativity, Innovation and Knowledge Precise, Organized & Clear Tap into available resources – (writing centres, online resources, etc.) Tap into your supervisor (once) Sound confident (& avoid modesty) Present a project as being in motion

20 Pamela Osmond (Doctoral SSHRC) See handout

21 Steven Leigh (CGS-M) See handout

22 Chloe Shantz-Hilkes (CGS-M)

23 Michelle Pon (CTL) & Lisa Chinchamie (APHD)

24 Q&A Feel free to pose questions to one particular panelist or the panel as a whole


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