Writing SSHRC Proposals

​​​​​Why, What, and How?

Why a SSHRC Writing Intensive Course?

For many years, GCAC has offered courses on Writing SSHRC Proposals to graduate students who are preparing to apply for Master’s or doctoral awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Good SSHRC 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 SSHRC course is to encourage students to devote concentrated time to writing their SSHRC proposals before the business of term begins. What is the difference between GCAC’s regular SSHRC course and the Writing Intensive version of the course?

The writing-intensive version of the SSHRC course takes place over two days. Students are required to attend both days to be eligible for GPS credit. This two-day course will include the same material covered in the regular course, but it will also include two blocks of silent, distraction-free writing each day. During that writing time, students will apply the concepts discussed in class to their own SSHRC proposals. One-on-one appointments will be available to students (dates to be scheduled). There will also be opportunities for peer-review and group discussions.


When: TBA

The 3-hour morning and afternoon sessions will begin with lectures by the course teacher followed by a break, 1 – 1.5 hours of distraction-free writing, and a discussion. You should bring everything with you that you need for productive proposal writing including your laptops and notes. There will be breaks throughout the day for students to purchase coffee, tea, and snacks, and students will be responsible for bringing their own lunch. We encourage you to eat together so you can meet your fellow grant-writers.

Eligibility & Registration Procedures


Enrolment is open to registered graduate students at the University of Toronto who are applying for Master’s or doctoral SSHRC grants or for OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarships). Those applying for postdoctoral fellowships are not eligible to participate. Applicants must participate for the full 9 hours of this course to be eligible for GPS credit.

​Registration Procedures

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