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					Social Sciences and Humanities   Conseil de recherches en
Research Council of Canada       sciences humaines du Canada




          Fellowship and Scholarship Programs

                                                               University of Regina Presentation
                                                                            September 23, 2009
                                Contents

1: Overview of SSHRC Research
   Training Programs

2: Joseph-Armand Bombardier (JAB)
    Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS)
    – Master’s Program

3: Tips for Writing Your Application

4: Doctoral Awards Program




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   1: Overview of SSHRC
Research Training Programs




                             3
Objectives of SSHRC’s Research Training Programs


• Develop research skills

• Assist in the training of highly-qualified
  personnel

• Support Canada’s best graduate students and
  postdoctoral researchers in the social sciences
  and humanities




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The Full Suite of Research Training Support Programs

Master’s level:
  – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate
    Scholarships (CGS) – Master’s Program
  – CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement

Doctoral level:
  – Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS - Doctoral Program
  – SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and supplements
  – Vanier CGS Program
  – CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement

Postdoctoral level:
  - SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships and supplements

                                                      5
General Eligibility for SSHRC’s Research Training
Programs
• Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada at
  the time of application (except for Vanier)

• Not be applying in the 2009-2010 academic year
  to NSERC or CIHR

• Not have already received an award at the same
  level from SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR.

• Conducting research in an area that falls within
  SSHRC’s mandate

                                                     6
Where to Apply




                 7
2: Joseph-Armand Bombardier (JAB)
 Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS)
         – Master’s Program




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Value and Tenure


 •$17, 500 for 12 months, non-renewable

 •Tenable only at a recognized Canadian university




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Eligibility to Apply


• Have achieved first-class standing in each of the
  last two years of study

• Pursuing a first graduate degree

• Completed no more than 12 months at the
  graduate level by the expected start date of the
  award




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Eligibility to Apply (cont.)

• Must have completed the Bachelor’s degree no
  earlier than January 1, 2005 (unless registered
  at a university since that time).
• Not be pursuing a degree program that combines
  undergraduate and graduate degrees
• Regulation regarding combined MA/PhD
  programs
• You need not be assured of admission to your
  program at the time of application.




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Eligibility to Hold an Award


• Admitted, unconditionally, in a master’s or
  combined MA/PhD program that includes
  advanced research training

• Registered as a full-time student in a master’s or
  in a combined MA/PhD program




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Key Dates

• In parallel to the regular JAB CGS Master’s scholarships
  competition, SSHRC will offer, through a final special call
  this fall, an additional 200 awards for business-related
  research

• Application Deadlines
   • Internal deadline for submission to Education is Friday,
     November 13 at 4:30 pm in Education Building room 236.
    • University of Regina – November 26, 2009 to FGSR
    • Results Announced: Spring 2010




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Selection Process: Allocations

• University of Regina
   – Master’s allocations – previous year – 11 (new
     allocations not yet received)
   – Doctoral Quota – this year – 6 (same as previous
     year)

Roles
   • Department
   • Faculty of Graduate Studies
   • University Selection Committee(s)

• Results


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Selection Process: Evaluation Criteria

• Academic excellence - 60%

• Research potential - 30%

• Communication skills - 10%




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Research Training Component

• The proposal must include a significant research
  training component. Research training normally
  involves:
   • completing a thesis, major scholarly paper, project,
     publication, performance, recital, or exhibit; and/or
   • completing course work in research methods
     and/or statistics appropriate for the discipline or
     field of study; and/or
   • acquiring knowledge and experience sufficient to
     conduct, assess and interpret research and
     scholarship in the field.



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Program of Study (max. of 2 pages)

• Identify the university and degree program which
  you are pursuing or intend to pursue;
• Outline clearly the research training component of
  the degree program;
• If your Master's degree program involves a thesis,
  a major research paper/essay, or a major
  research project, provide a well-structured outline
  of your research proposal, specifying the
  research question, context, objectives,
  methodology and contribution to the
  advancement of knowledge;


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Program of Study (cont.)

• If it is relevant to your research proposal, describe
  any work experience, community involvement or
  other extracurricular activity;

• If your research proposal is in psychology, justify
  your submission of this proposal to SSHRC
  (rather than to NSERC or CIHR), based on the
  guidelines

• If the output of your degree program is an artistic
  creation rather than a thesis, indicate clearly the
  research component of your proposed work.


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2009 Basic Data and Statistics

Number of applications received: 2,517

Number of awards:
   • 1,300 plus an additional 200 awards for business-related research
     offered through a one-time special call for applications this
     summer


Total budget: $26.3 million




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3: Tips for Writing Your
       Application




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A Good Application

• Demonstrates:
   • Strong academic record

   • Excellent potential to conduct advanced scholarly research

   • Strong communication skills

   • Ability to successfully complete the graduate program in a
     timely manner




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A Good Letter of Appraisal

• supports the information in the application;

• focuses on the applicant’s skills and past
  achievements;

• stresses strengths and personal attributes;




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Reminders

• Read program description and application instructions
  carefully
• Start your application early
• Use plain language
• Show your program of study to someone to receive
  feedback
• Let referees know the deadline well in advance




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Reminders (cont.)

• Indicate your proficiency in any language required for
  your research
• Ensure your list of publications provides complete
  bibliographic information
• Only include research contributions that have been
  accepted for publication
• Respect page limits




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          Where to Get Help at SSHRC


• For more information about our programs:
   • (613) 943-7777 or fellowships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca


• For technical assistance with on-line forms:
   • (613) 995-4273 or webgrant@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

• Web site: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca




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Where to Get Help at the U of R:

• Your supervisor

• Your peers

• Past SSHRC Fellowship recipients

• The department Head

• The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research



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 Where to Get Help at the U of R …….. Cont.


Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research


Wendy Machmer
Manager of Graduate Scholarships and Awards
FGSR – NR110.2
(306) 337-2236
Wendy.machmer@uregina.ca
Grad.funding@uregina.ca



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4: Doctoral Awards Program




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Value and Tenure

• Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate
  Scholarships – Doctoral Program
   – $35,000 a year for 36 months
   – Can only be held at a recognized Canadian
     university

• SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships
   – $20,000 a year for up to 48 months
   – Can be held at a recognized university in
     Canada or abroad

• Apply for both awards by completing one
  application form
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Eligible Period of Funding

•   Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate
    Scholarship: undertaking years of study
    •   1 to 3
    •   2 to 4


•   SSHRC Fellowship: undertaking years of study
    •   1 to 4
    •   2 to 4
    •   3 and 4
    •   4 alone



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Eligibility to Apply

• Be pursuing first PhD

• Undertaking doctoral studies or a combined
  MA/PhD program

• Not be pursuing a degree program that combines
  undergraduate and graduate degrees




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Eligibility to Hold an Award

• Registered as a full-time student

• Unconditionally admitted in a PhD or combined
  MA/PhD program

• Conducting research in an area that falls within
  SSHRC’s mandate




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Key Dates


 • Application Deadlines
    • University of Regina – November 26, 2009 to FGSR
    • Check with your academic unit for their deadline –
      likely 10 to 14 days earlier than FGSR

 • National Competition: March 2010

 • Results Announced: Spring 2010



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Selection Process: Pre-selection


Pre-selection competition to fill assigned quota:

• Academic Unit (Department) - Initial review
• U of R Selection Committee
    – Comprised of faculty from the Social Sciences and
      Humanities program areas
    – Review of all applications
    – Selection of allocations and alternates to submit
      to SSHRC



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Selection Process: SSHRC National Competition


  • All eligible A-list applications undergo competition
    at the national level

  • Selection committees evaluate, score and rank
    applications




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Applying for Funding


• Tips:
    • Write down User ID and a password to access your application
    • Print-off the program description as well as the instructions as to
      how to fill in the application form
    • Click on “Selecting a Funding Agency” to verify whether your
      application falls under SSHRC’s mandate
    • Applicants pursuing studies in Health and Psychology can find
      additional information Guidelines for the Eligibility of
      Applications Related to Health and Psychology on the “Selecting
      a Funding Agency” page.




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Evaluation Criteria

• Academic results
   • transcripts
   • awards and distinctions
• Program of study
   • potential contribution to the advancement of
     knowledge
• Professional and academic experience
   • research assistantships or other relevant
     work experience
   • publications
   • conference presentations

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 Evaluation Criteria (cont.)


• Letters of Appraisal

• Departmental Appraisal
  (Canadian universities only)




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Program of Study (max. of 2 pages)

Entering first year of doctoral studies:

• Clearly state your current level of study;
• Give the title and a brief description of your master's
  thesis, if applicable;
• Identify the degree program which you will pursue
  including any relevant courses and provide an explanation
  for your choice;
• Provide an outline of your doctoral thesis proposal,
  including the research question, context, objectives,
  methodology and contribution to the advancement of
  knowledge, and your special interests in the proposed
  area of research
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Program of Study (cont.)

Currently in a doctoral program:

• Clearly state your current level of graduate study;
• Indicate what stage you are at in your thesis;
• Provide the name of your supervisor of doctoral studies, if
  known;
• Provide an outline of your thesis proposal, including, for
  example, the research question, context, objectives,
  methodology and contribution to the advancement of
  knowledge;
• Describe what you hope to accomplish during the award
  tenure and what will remain to be done before you obtain
  your degree.
                                                                41
Program of Studies (cont.) – Reminders


• Your proposed research is in Psychology

• The output of your degree program is an artistic
  creation, rather than a thesis

• You want to be considered for a supplement




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Choosing a Selection Committee

Committee 1   Fine Arts; Literature (all types)


Committee 2   Classical Archaeology; Classics; Classical and Dead
              Languages; History; Mediaeval Studies; Philosophy;
              Religious Studies
Committee 3   Anthropology; Archaeology (except Classical
              Archaeology); Archival Science; Communications and
              Media Studies; Criminology; Demography; Folklore;
              Geography; Library and Information Science; Sociology;
              Urban and Regional Studies, Environmental Studies


Committee 4   Education; Linguistics; Psychology; Social Work


Committee 5   Economics; Industrial Relations; Law; Management,
              Business, Administrative Studies; Political Science
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2009 Basic Data and Statistics

• Number of applications: 5,100

• Number of awards:
   • JAB CGS scholarships: 436
   • SSHRC fellowships: 575

• Overall budget: approx. $71.6 million

• Additional funding for 100 CGS Doctoral Scholarships for
  business-related research –fiscal year 2009-2010 only


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Research Training Support Programs –
Supplements and Fellowships for Graduate
Students
•   Aileen D. Ross Fellowship
     • Awarded to one outstanding Doctoral Award holder conducting
         research in sociology, specifically for research on poverty

•   Queen’s Fellowship
     • Awarded to one outstanding Doctoral Award holder entering a
        Canadian Studies program in Canada

•   SSHRC William E. Taylor Fellowship
     • Awarded annually to the most outstanding recipient of a
        Doctoral Award

•   Sport Participation Research Initiative: Doctoral Supplements
     • Supports holders of SSHRC Doctoral Awards who are doing policy-
        relevant research on participation in sport in Canada



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Social Sciences and Humanities   Conseil de recherches en
Research Council of Canada       sciences humaines du Canada




          Fellowship and Scholarship Programs

                                                               University of Regina Presentation
                                                                            September 23, 2009