Writing NSERC Proposals: August 2023

​​Why, What, and How?

Why a NSERC Writing Intensive Course?

Many departments in the Physical and Life Sciences require eligible incoming graduate students to apply for ″NSERC awards.″  The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), which is funded by the Canadian government, offers Master’s and doctoral awards for graduate students in the Physical and Life Sciences. 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 NSERC Proposals to graduate students who are preparing to apply for NSERC Master’s or doctoral awards. Good NSERC 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 NSERC course is to encourage students to devote concentrated time to writing their NSERC proposals before the business of term begins.

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

The writing-intensive version of the NSERC course takes place over three days. The course also provides tutorials and one-on-one appointments to students who have drafts to submit for feedback (dates to be scheduled).



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