Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Scholarship Support

Consult the Expert 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 – Suite 1N07. The schedule of sessions is as follows:

Tuesday 4:00-6:00pm sessions:

Friday 1:00-3:00pm sessions:

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.

General Information Sessions

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.

CIHR Awards in Health Research – Agency Webinars

Interested students may participate on their own and must register to access a session:

NSERC & 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 Club

The Club offers a unique opportunity to bring scholars together with academic and private-sector professionals who are specifically skilled in mentoring candidates through the preparation of applications to internationally renowned scholarship programs such as 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. Membership is open to scholars at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral level. The Club offers monthly lunch hour meetings that centre on guest presenters from Western’s growing network of mentors who will share their valuable insight and expertise on critical aspects of these elite scholarship programs. Club members will receive monthly news by email a week in advance of the meeting.

*Special Note: This Club is designed specifically to mentor future applicants to the above-mentioned Scholars and Fellows programs. Applicants to the provincial (OGS/QEII and Trillium) and national (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral awards programs are supported by SGPS’s Consult the Experts Series.

Club meetings are held on the last Wednesday of every month from 12:00-1:00pm in H101 (Health Sciences Addition located between the Natural Sciences Bldg, the Medical Sciences Bldg and the Dental Sciences Bldg). Bring your lunch along.

Please visit Scholars to Leaders Club - Registration to sign up.

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.