Writing NSERC Proposals

​​Why, What, and How?

Why a NSERC Writing Intensive Course?

For many years, GCAC has offered courses on Writing NSERC Proposals to graduate students who are preparing to apply for Master’s or doctoral awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). 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 four days (10:00 am – 11:15 am daily). Students are required to attend all five hours to be eligible for GPS credit. This four-day course will include the same material covered in the regular course. One-on-one appointments will be available to students (dates to be scheduled).


When: August 24, 25, 26 and 27, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

The 1.25-hour morning sessions 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 offered live and not in a recorded format.

Eligibility & Registration Procedures


Enrollment is open to registered graduate students at the University of Toronto who are applying for Master’s or doctoral NSERC grants or for OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarships). Those applying for postdoctoral fellowships are not eligible to participate. Applicants must participate for the full 5 hours of this course to be eligible for GPS credit.

​Registration Procedures

To register click the following link: https://gpd.sgs.utoronto.ca/events.htm?evtId=918

You will be prompted to log in to the registration system using your UTORid and password. 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. 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 a registered U of T graduate student, you are not eligible to take our courses.