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Writing a Personal Statement for PhD Applications – Prerecorded Workshop

April 30 @ 5:00 pm EDT

Available on demand until April 30, 2023

This prerecorded workshop is taught by Stephanie Redekop

The personal statement (sometimes called the “statement of purpose”) is one of the most important parts of a PhD application. This 30-minute online workshop will help prospective PhD applicants understand the purpose and conventions of this genre. Examining a range of examples, we will identify several writing strategies that can help applicants to make the most of their limited word count and craft a compelling statement. Specific topics of discussion will include framing one’s research interests effectively, balancing the focus between past qualifications and future goals, understanding how “personal” the statement is expected to be, and describing one’s “fit” with a prospective program.

This 30-minute workshop is prerecorded. Please click on ‘REGISTER’ just below to receive a link to view the workshop. If you are not able to register online or if you are not a currently registered U of T graduate student, please contact sgs.gcac@utoronto.ca to be registered manually.



April 30
5:00 pm EDT