Graduate Student Awards: How to apply successfully

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Graduate Student Awards: How to apply successfully

  1. 1. Applying Successfully for Graduate Scholarship Funding<br />2 September 2011<br />Brendan Morey<br />Graduate Awards Manager<br />
  2. 2. Competition Overview<br />CIHR<br />CGSM<br />Affiliated Fellowships<br />NSERC<br />SSHRC<br />Graduate Program<br /><ul><li>Review apps for eligibility and completeness
  3. 3. Rank apps (Masters and Doctoral separately)
  4. 4. Forward top apps to Grad Studies</li></ul>Grad Studies<br />
  5. 5. Competition Overview<br />Grad Studies<br /><ul><li>Review apps for eligibility and completeness
  6. 6. Forward eligible apps to one of six adjudication committees</li></ul>SocSci 1<br />SocSci 2<br />Nat Sci & Eng 1<br />Hum<br />Health Sci<br />Nat Sci & Eng 2<br />Master Ranking List<br />
  7. 7. Competition Overview<br />Master Ranking List<br />Jones – Affiliated<br />Singh - Affiliated<br />Cushan - NSERC<br />Wong - NSERC<br />Thompson - SSHRC<br />Wright - NSERC<br />Tennebrau - Affiliated<br />Lowrie - CIHR<br />Etc.<br />Top NSERC apps forwarded to NSERC<br />Top SSHRC apps forwarded to SSHRC<br />Top CIHR CGSM apps forwarded to CIHR<br />Preliminary Results to Grad Programs early February<br />
  8. 8. Competition Overview<br />Vanier, NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR release results in late March to late April<br />Master List<br />Jones - Affiliated<br />Singh - Affiliated<br />Cushan - NSERC<br />Wong - Affiliated<br />Thompson - SSHRC<br />Wright -NSERC<br />Tennebrau - Killam<br />Lowrie - CIHR<br />Etc.<br />
  9. 9. Academic Standing<br />To be eligible for any of these competitions, you must have first-class academic standing in each of the last two years of full-timestudy<br />
  10. 10. Which Application?<br />NSERC<br />SSHRC Master’s<br />SSHRC Doctoral<br />CIHR Master’s<br />CIHR Doctoral <br />Affiliated Fellowships<br />Vanier<br />
  11. 11. Citizenship<br />International students are eligible to apply only to the Affiliated Fellowships competition. International students are not eligible for the NSERC, SSHRC, or CIHR competitions*<br /> *exception: Vanier Scholarships<br />
  12. 12. Research Area<br />Natural sciences and engineering<br />OR<br />Social sciences and humanities<br />OR<br />Health sciences<br />
  13. 13. Months of Study<br /><ul><li>Each award types has restrictions on the number of months of study you have completed as of a certain date
  14. 14. Limits and dates are different for each agency, so pay careful attention </li></li></ul><li>Where to Submit<br /><ul><li>Where you submit your application depends on the funding agency and your current registration status
  15. 15. Options:
  16. 16. Current university
  17. 17. Former university
  18. 18. Directly to funding agency
  19. 19. Make sure you get it right!</li></li></ul><li>Deadlines<br /><ul><li>Make sure you know which deadline applies to you
  20. 20. Deadline to grad program vs. deadline to agency
  21. 21. Signature deadlines
  22. 22. Do not submit after the deadline – your application will not be accepted</li></li></ul><li>Selection Criteria<br />Academic Excellence<br /><ul><li>academic record;
  23. 23. scholarships and awards held; and
  24. 24. duration of previous studies</li></ul>Given more weight for Master’s applicants, less for doctoral applicants<br />
  25. 25. Selection Criteria<br />Research ability or potential<br /><ul><li>quality of contributions to research and development;
  26. 26. relevance of work experience and academic training to field of proposed research;
  27. 27. significance, feasibility, and merit of proposed research, and justification for location of tenure;
  28. 28. critical thinking, problem-solving skills, originality</li></li></ul><li>Selection Criteria<br />Communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities<br /><ul><li>ability or potential to communicate scientific concepts clearly and logically in written and oral formats
  29. 29. professional and relevant extracurricular interactions and collaborations
  30. 30. work experience, community involvement and other extracurricular activities</li></li></ul><li>Application Materials<br /><ul><li>Application form
  31. 31. CV (some competitions)
  32. 32. Research proposal
  33. 33. Transcripts
  34. 34. Reference letters</li></li></ul><li>Application Form<br /><ul><li>Like a résumé: make a good impression
  35. 35. Fill in everything that applies to you
  36. 36. Most forms are online (you’ll need to create a username and password)
  37. 37. Three key things to remember:
  38. 38. Follow the instructions
  39. 39. Follow the instructions
  40. 40. Follow the instructions</li></li></ul><li>Common CV<br /><ul><li>Many funding agencies use Common CV
  41. 41. Follow instructions
  42. 42. Can be finicky when creating PDF file to upload to application form – keep trying </li></li></ul><li>Research Proposal<br /><ul><li>One- to two-page summary of research you plan to do while funded
  43. 43. Samples available on Grad Studies website http://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/scholarships-awards-funding/resources-award-applicants</li></li></ul><li>Research Proposal<br /><ul><li>Significance/relevance of research question
  44. 44. Hypothesis to be tested
  45. 45. Match between research question and methodology
  46. 46. Not too big and not too small
  47. 47. Write for non-experts
  48. 48. Font size and page margins</li></li></ul><li>Transcripts<br /><ul><li>Official transcripts
  49. 49. All postsecondary studies (including programs undertaken but not completed)
  50. 50. Talk to your graduate program about which transcripts they need from you</li></li></ul><li>Reference Letters<br /><ul><li>At least two, sometimes three
  51. 51. Ask potential referees (they may say no)
  52. 52. Help your referees help you
  53. 53. Application form
  54. 54. Proposal
  55. 55. Transcripts
  56. 56. Selection criteria
  57. 57. “Highlights” sheet</li></li></ul><li>General Advice<br /><ul><li>Check your spelling
  58. 58. Be careful about formatting (font sizes, margins, etc.)
  59. 59. Have others read your application
  60. 60. Follow the instructions</li></ul>*This is a very important project, <br />and I am the very best person to do it*<br />
  61. 61. Contact Info<br />Faculty of Graduate Studies<br />170 – 6371 Crescent Road<br />604-822-2848<br />www.grad.ubc.ca/awards<br />graduate.awards@ubc.ca<br />

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