The “Consult the Experts” Series offers support to scholars who are writing research proposals for competition. Scholarship and fellowship applicants are required to write a detailed description of their proposed research project for the period during which they would hold the award. A well-structured and well-written proposal is critical to the success of the application. Applicants are encouraged to bring a one-page draft of their research proposal with them to have it read and critiqued by an available expert from a similar research area. Our contingent of volunteer experts is made up of senior award-winning doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, research officers and faculty members.
There will be a total of ten (10) 3-hour sessions. Each of the first six (6) sessions will have a mixed panel of experts in CIHR-, NSERC-, and SSHRC-related fields. The next set of four (4) sessions will focus on the provincial scholarship programs such as the Ontario Graduate Scholarships. There is no registration required and scholars may attend any session that best fits their schedule. Return visits are encouraged. Consultations with a volunteer expert will be limited to 20 minutes each and will take place on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Wait times will vary. Session facilitators will ensure the timely flow of traffic throughout each session.
The sessions will be held on the 3rd floor of Stevenson Hall, inside the main entrance and up the stairs, from 1:00pm-4:00pm on the following dates:
Six (6) CIHR-NSERC-SSHRC sessions:
Six (6) provincial scholarship sessions:
The SGPS website is continually updated with current external scholarship competition information as it becomes available from the agencies.
The Scholarship Library website was developed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and resources to put forth an excellent funding proposal for external competitions. The architecture and content of the site was built using a student-centred approach and is accessible only by current Western students through our secure Grad Portal. Visitors are able to access a wealth of knowledge surrounding the application process and proven recommendations and strategies for success. Furthermore, past applications and successful research proposals are available for students to consult (these have been donated to SGPS by various “Consult the Experts” volunteers). While “Consult the Experts” is exclusively for current graduate students, the Scholarship Library can be accessed by current undergraduate students.
All visitors to the Scholarship Library must adhere to strict policies in regards to viewing past research proposals, and all information pertaining to students’ identity and sensitive research is censored.
General Information Sessions are designed to provide scholars with clear direction on how to apply for major external scholarships and fellowships. This series of presentations is open to all. No registration is required.
The schedule of 2012 Information Sessions is as follows:
To celebrate the achievements of our external award winning students, SGPS hosts an annual Award Winner's Reception every Summer in the Great Hall. This event is held in recognition of their successes, and provides students, staff and graduate chairs an opportunity to mingle over a large selection of wine, appetizers and hors d'oeuvres.