Writing CIHR Proposals: August 9 – 12, 2021

Why, What, and How?

Why a CIHR Writing Intensive Course?

Many departments in the Social Sciences, Physical and Life Sciences require eligible incoming graduate students to apply for ″CIHR awards.″  The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), which is funded by the Canadian government, offers Master’s and doctoral awards for graduate students conducting health research. Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada are eligible to apply. Deadlines for the doctoral applications are set by graduate departments, and they are usually in late September or early October.
For many years, the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) has offered courses on Writing CIHR Proposals to graduate students who are preparing to apply for CIHR Master’s or doctoral awards. Good CIHR proposals are hard to write, and they are also hard to prepare during the busy beginning of term. The goal of this writing-intensive version of our CIHR course is to encourage students to devote concentrated time to writing their CIHR proposals before the business of term begins.

What is the difference between GCAC’s regular CIHR ​course and the Writing Intensive version of the course?

The writing-intensive version of the CIHR course takes place over four days from Monday August 9 − Thursday August 12 inclusive from 10:00 am − 11:15 am daily. The course also provides both online and in-person tutorials and one-on-one appointments to students who have drafts to submit for feedback (dates to be scheduled).


The August CIHR Intensive course will be offered in a live online format. Given the proprietary nature of research grants, and the fact that this course shows samples of winning grants (with authors’ permission), this course will only be offered live and will not be recorded. Students who wish to take the course must attend at the times of the live online classes listed above.

Eligibility & Registration Procedures


Enrollment is open to registered graduate students at the University of Toronto who are applying for Master’s or doctoral CIHR grants or for OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarships) in the fall of 2021. Those applying for postdoctoral fellowships are not eligible to participate. 

​Registration Procedures

CIHR WI: August 9 – 12, 10:00 am – 11:15 pm ET Instructor: Dr. Peter Sabatini

To register, click the blue “REGISTER” button above. You will be prompted to log in to the registration system using your UTORid and password. If you are not able to log in try a different browser(s) and then contact us at sgs.gcacreg@utoronto.ca.

To register, click the blue “Register for this event” button on the right. If the blue button does not appear, either online registration is no longer possible or you are not eligible to take this course.

​​Once you have registered, you should receive a confirmation email which will include your registration details and course information. That email is sent to the address that is listed in your official U of T profile. ​If you do not receive an email, contact us at sgs.gcacreg@utoronto.ca with your information. 

Please note: If you do not have a UTORid or password please consult the Information Commons helpdesk. If you have not yet activated your UTORid or have forgotten your password, please refer to UTORid Account Management. If you are not an incoming or registered U of T graduate student, you are not eligible to take our courses.​