Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Scholarship Support

"Consult the Experts" Series

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) 2-hour sessions. There is no registration required and scholars are invited to attend only the sessions for the competition they are applying to. 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.

All sessions will be held in the International and Graduate Affairs Building. The schedule of sessions is as follows:

Tuesday 4:00-6:00pm sessions - IGAB 1N05:

Friday 1:00-3:00pm sessions - IGAB 1N07:

The SGPS website is continually updated with current external scholarship competition information as it becomes available from the agencies.

Scholarship Library

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-centered 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).  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.

Scholarship Information Series

General Information Sessions are designed to provide students 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.

All Information Sessions will be located in the International and Graduate Affairs Building Suite 1N05 4:00 – 6:30pm.

Agency Webinars for Students

The following personal webinars are offered by the agencies and require attendees to register to join:

NSERC Scholarship Competitions for Doctoral Study

SSHRC Scholarship Competitions for Doctoral Study

Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarships Competition for Master’s Study

Ontario Graduate Scholarships & Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology

Scholars to Leaders Series

The Scholars to Leaders Series is a unique initiative of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies that is open to all student and scholars across all careers at Western – undergraduate, graduate, professional, and postdoctoral. This guest speaker Series brings everyone together once a month to listen to academic and private-sector professionals who are uniquely skilled in mentoring candidates as they prepare for next stages of academic leadership and global careers through such internationally renowned programs like the Rhodes Scholarships, the Fulbright Scholarships, the Erasmus Mundus Scholarships, and Canada’s own Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships. The monthly afternoon meetings center on guest speakers from Western who share valuable insight and expertise on critical aspects of leadership from their own career experiences. Pizza is available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. 

Monthly meetings run from September to April (except December) and are held on the last Wednesday of every month from 2:30-4:00pm in the International and Graduate Affairs Building - 1st Floor Classroom (IGAB 1N05).

Registration is required to receive Scholars to Leaders Series news and updates by email at Scholars to Leaders Series - Registration.

Award Winner's Reception

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.