Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Scholarship Support

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is committed to providing our students with strategic support as they prepare for the rigours of external scholarship competitions.

Our services range from providing students with critical information on processes and eligibility, to connecting students with experts who share their experiences and insights into scholarly excellence.

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-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).  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.

Agency Webinars for Students

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

NSERC Doctoral Awards Info Sessions for Students

  • Thursday, September 17, 2015 International and Graduate Affairs Building Suite 1N05 from 2:30-4:00pm EDT
  • Thursday, October 1, 2015 International and Graduate Affairs Building Suite 1N05 from 10:30am-12noon EDT

SSHRC Doctoral Awards Info Sessions for Students (REVISED)

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015 International and Graduate Affairs Building Suite 1N05 from 2:30-4:00pm EDT
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 International and Graduate Affairs Building Suite 1N05 from 10:30am-12noon EDT

Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarships- Master’s (CGSM) Info Sessions for Students (REVISED)

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015 International and Graduate Affairs Building Suite 1N05 from 2:30-4:00pm EDT
  • Friday, November 6, 2015 International and Graduate Affairs Building Suite 1N05 from 1:30-3:00pm EDT

Ontario Graduate Scholarships & Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology Info Sessions for Students

  • Tuesday, December 8, 2015 International and Graduate Affairs Building Suite 1N05 from 2:30-4:00pm EDT
  • Thursday, January 7, 2016 International and Graduate Affairs Building Suite 1N05 from 10:30am-12noon EDT

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 students and scholars across all careers at Western – undergraduate, graduate, professional, and postdoctoral. The Series brings students together with university leaders who are uniquely skilled in mentoring candidates as they prepare for next stages of academic competition and global careers. The monthly luncheon events showcase guest speakers 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 but feel free to bring your own lunch.

The Series runs from September to April (except December) and each event is held on the last Wednesday of every month from 12:30-1:30pm in the Atrium of the International and Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB). No registration is required.

The 2015-2016 Speaker Schedule

DateSpeakerTitleTalk Title

Sep. 30, 2015

Dr. Lorraine Davies

Associate Vice-Provost SGPS and Associate Professor of Sociology

If I Knew Then What I Know Now:  Reflections from an "Accidental" Leader

Oct. 28, 2015

Dr. David Holdsworth

Scientist and Professor of Surgery and Medical Biophysics

Transdisciplinary Research: More Than the Sum of the Parts

Nov. 25, 2015

Dr. Andrew Nelson

Associate Dean Research (Social Science), Bioarchaeologist and Professor of Anthropology

The Social Science & Humanities Toolkit for Academia and Beyond

Jan. 27, 2016

Dr. Charles Weijer

Philosopher and Physician, and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics

Life as a House: Reflections on Building a Research Institute 

Feb. 24, 2016

Dr. Jessica Grahn

Cognitive Neuroscientist, and Professor of Psychology in the Brain and Mind Institute

What do leaders look like? Combating Myths, Bias, and Anxiety on the Path to Success 

Mar. 30, 2016

Dr. Darren Meister

John M. Thompson Chair in Engineering Leadership and Innovation, and Professor of Management

A Multi-Intra-Inter-Disciplinary Academic Life 

Apr. 27, 2016

Erin Huner

Consultant Research Development and PhD Candidate, Indigenous Geographies

Knowing Your Environment: Strategic Approaches to Research 

Please email Paula Menzies Cameron for more information.

Writing Workshops for Doctoral Scholarship Applicants

This series offers strategic writing help for student who are applying for Tri-Agency doctoral scholarships. Paul Schmidt, from the Writing Support Centre (WSC), leads these workshops and offers an opportunity for scholars to address their writing concerns and to learn best writing practices and principles for competitive scholarship. The Workshops are agency-specific and are all held in the International and Graduate Affairs Building Classroom (IGAB 1N05) from 2:30-3:30pm EDT. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - CIHR Doctoral Awards Writing Skills Workshop
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - NSERC Doctoral Awards Writing Skills Workshop
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - SSHRC Doctoral Awards Writing Skills Workshop

If you plan to attend one of these Workshops you must complete the Registration Form. Please email Paula Menzies Cameron for more information.

Award Winner's Reception

To celebrate the achievements of our external award winning students, SGPS hosts an annual Award Winner's Reception in early December in the International and Graduate Affairs Atrium. Invitations are sent to scholars in the fall via email. This event is a celebration of success and provides students and their family members an opportunity to meet each other and mingle while enjoying refreshments and food from a delicious array of appetizers.

Please email Erin Daley for more information.