Tuesday, September 28, 2010

SSHRC Resources

As promised in class yesterday, here is a list of resources to help you tackle Assignment 2 (and/or apply for a SSHRC). First thing's first, the SSHRC application and website:

Next are the sources on tips, structure, what to include, etc.
  • The most complete information I've found so far is made available on the UBC Office of Graduate Programs and Research website. If you only read through one document, it should be their SSHRC Session Info Package. It even contains samples, a couple of which I've distributed to you in class and on Blackboard, as well as some amazing summaries of OTHER documents, a list of the top 14 common mistakes and a bunch of other things I referred to yesterday.
  • Adriana Rossi has posted a number of resources to the iSchool website aimed at helping you prepare your applications. For example this copy of a SSHRC Award Presentation given a couple of weeks ago by the SGS.
  • Heather Brown, an  M.Ed. graduate from the University of Western Ontario, wrote the document about How to Structure an OGS or SSHRC that I showed you examples from in class (the paragraph to paragraph breakdown).
  • Klassen and Saleh's  (2009) OGS/SSHRC Workshop: Program of Study Hints

I've now posted a number of samples on Blackboard (those distributed in class, as well as some new ones), along with copies of some of the documents linked above. They're in a folder that you access by clicking "SSHRC Samples" in the lefthand menu (and then click again on the link). If you have any problems accessing these materials, please let me know immediately.

And don't forget that you can use the blogs this week to deconstruct the samples, discuss them, draw out their structures into new templates, etc. etc.

Really Applying to SSHRC?
For those of you who are opting to write a real (as opposed to a "mock") proposal, here are some additional resources you may need:

Wondering about "keywords"and that Awards Search Engine I showed you? Be sure to go back a few years for a full sampling of the types of projects that have won, the keywords they've used, etc.

Also, although Lynne Howarth's workshop was earlier today, you may still be able to squeeze into one of the School of Graduate Studies' SSHRC proposal writing workshops. Here's the info:
Section 3:
Date: Tuesdays, Sepetember 28, October 5, 12
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

This course focuses on strategies for writing a successful SSHRC proposal. The course will provide students with the opportunity to examine specific features of good and bad proposals, to see sections of winning SSHRC proposals, and to submit their own draft proposals for feedback. Feedback will be available to course participants through written comments on students' draft proposals and through individual consultations. Only students who are eligible to apply for SSHRC Scholarships (i.e. Canadian citizens and permanent residents) are eligible to take this course.
The SGS also has a bunch of info on other awards and funding opportunities, which you will likely want to peruse. A couple of the internal awards also require proposal (though usually 1-page as opposed to 2), which could provide an alternative or even additional place to send you Assignment 2 proposal once complete. In particular, you may want to check out their list of external funding opps.

The University of Alberta Graduate Studies and Research website has posted official information from last year's competition, including timelines, copies of the Instructions, how to apply, etc. You'll find it all here.

The McGill University site also has a couple of useful documents, including a Presentation on SSHRC Master's Awards and an overview of Application Criteria.


More General Tips on Grant Writing
US-based Social Science Research Council has just put out a guide to writing research proposals, called The Art of Writing Proposals. It's not specific to graduate awards, but does contain some general tips that are relevant to anyone writing a proposal and trying to get funding.

Some researchers at the University of Alberta have conducted a study of successful SSHRC grants (at the faculty level). Another study has been conducted at the University of Waterloo by Dr. , and you can read the report of here.

For a brief presentation on "argumentative moves" in grant writing, check out this presentation by Graves and Graves at the University of Alberta.

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