Developing a competitive scholarship application: General strategies and tips (all disciplines) | GPLL440


This workshop is intended for current or future students in research-based graduate programs, who are preparing a Fall scholarship application to a federal or provincial government research agency.

Writing strategies and tips can often be applied globally, so this workshop aims to offer ways that graduate students can develop and improve their scholarship applications. For example, this workshop will offer writing tips to aid in the development of many standard and essential sections of the application (e.g. outline of proposed research, and other applicant statements). Funding agencies typically expect students to be the author of their own applications, but this does not mean writing in isolation – and does not exclude the important contributions and feedback of peers, research supervisors and other mentors.

Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Identify peers to provide essential feedback on sections of the application, as well as the application as a whole.
  • Consider ways to benchmark against materials from previous scholarship winners.
  • Adapt their writing and presentation styles to present achievements in succinct and effective ways.

Leaders Information

This workshop is led by Michael Verwey, the Fellowship Development Advisor in the School of Graduate Studies at Concordia University. After completing his doctorate in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University, Michael was a postdoctoral researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and the Montreal Clinical Research Institute. In support of these research experiences, Michael has held several competitive scholarships and fellowships, from the FRQS, CIHR, NSERC, and Concordia University. More recently, Michael has continued to contribute to the development of research proposals and the management of funding competitions through his roles in the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) at McGill University, as the Manager of Programs at Brain Canada Foundation, and as an independent consultant for Canadian researchers.

Additional Information

Students are ultimately responsible for ensuring their own applications conform to the instructions and standards laid out by each agency for the specific funding program(s) they select.

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Event details

Workshop Location


Start Date

Thursday, June 16, 2022

End Date

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Workshop days



From 09:30 to 11:00


Anim Hossain


167 / 200

Registration deadline

Monday, June 13, 2022

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