Proposal Writing for Scholarships and Funding’ — Workshop Series

Critical reflections on last year’s application process clarified for us the need among students for more help not just in putting together a high quality application, but also in planning ahead, and understanding all the critical steps involved towards a great application. Consequently, in consultation with Dr. Amy Metcalfe, we have organized this workshop series to enrich students’ understanding and skills in this important area.

Beyond the proposal:

What are the important ingredients for a good application and when should we start working on them?

Facilitator: Dr Amy Metcalfe

Join Dr. Metcalfe for the first in a series of workshops on the most important ingredients for a good funding application. While many of us focus our attention on writing a compelling proposal, there are other factors in the process of compiling our application that can dramatically increase our chances of moving to the next stage in the proposal consideration process. Dr. Metcalfe will highlight those factors and suggest some great ways to start thinking of our funding applications as a long-term, dynamic process.


Writing for scholarly journals

Asking for letters:

Between references and appraisals

Facilitator: Professor André Elias Mazawi

In our second session for our series, join Prof. André Elias Mazawi to discuss one of the most sensitive, least discussed parts of a funding proposal – asking for references. In this session, we’ll find out what is the difference between letters of appraisal and reference letters, learn great strategies on how to approach faculty members to ask for their support, and get a glimpse into how these letters are read and how they work alongside the other components of our research proposal.



GAA Presentation on Letters of Appraisal


2020 awards reference affiliated doctoral SSH

Writing for peer-reviewed scholarly journals

Facilitator: Prof. Claudia Ruitenberg

This workshop will help you decide how to turn a good idea into a good manuscript for a relevant scholarly journal. It is part both of the “Writing for Publishing” series and the “Proposal Writing” series, as applications for scholarships and fellowships are strengthened by a record of publications.

Questions that will be addressed in the workshop include:

  • My course paper got an A! Is it ready to submit to a journal? What is the difference between a good course paper and a strong journal manuscript?
  • My scholarship application would be stronger if I had some publications. How can I get some publications on my CV?
  • How do I select a scholarly journal to submit my article manuscript?
  • What do reviewers look for in a manuscript?

What is the difference between  a “decline” and “revise and resubmit”?


Writing for scholarly journals