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Methods Training Grants

CSDC Methods Summer School Grants 2020


Deadline: March 1st, 2020


One of our central missions is the support of research method training for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Indeed, in 2018/19 we had 10 applications for methods training support and the CSDC awarded 10 Methods Summer School Grants totalling $ 14,578. The CSDC continues to give grants for 2019 – 2020 to attend intensive methods training programs. The grants will be exclusively funding summer methods training courses, ideally at the ICPSR in Michigan. Winter Schools are not be eligible for funding.

While all graduate students and postdocs can apply, the guidelines give priority to PhD applicants who have not received a research method grant in previous years. In addition, there is only ONE DEADLINE for applications on March 1 of each year. The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and funding may be apportioned depending on the number of successful applicants.

All applicants are strongly advised to carefully read and follow the instructions and requirements outlined in the Guidelines.


The CSDC supports intensive summer methods training programs, as long as these methods courses are not taught at our partner universities or other local institutions during the fall or winter semester. The ICPSR summer program at the University of Michigan is the recommended program.

However, the Centre will consider funding for substantive training if the applicant can demonstrate that a comparable course is not available in Montreal or Quebec City or otherwise in any local setting nearby.

The funds for training also include tuition for local training courses such as QICSS (https://www.ciqss.org/en/qicss-summer-school ).



March 1, 2020



All CSDC graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are eligible for funding, however priority will be given to applications from PhD students who have not received a research method grant in previous years.

In addition, applicants planning to attend a four (4) weeks ICPSR Summer Program, are required to apply for and accept an ICPSR Scholarship, Empirical Implications for Theoretical Models (EITM) Scholarship and/or Janet Box-Steffensmeier and John A. Garcia Scholarships

(link: https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/sumprog/scholarships/index.html ) when offered. Check the ICPSR WEB site (same link) for deadlines. A copy of the application confirmation email will be needed for the CSDC application. In 2019 four CSDC students were awarded full tuition ICPSR awards.



The maximum amount of $ 2,500 is only available for programs that last more than three weeks. Shorter programs will receive up to $ 1,250 for the first week, $ 1,750 for two weeks, and $ 2,250 for three-weeks.

If an applicant is successful in obtaining an ICPSR scholarship, the CSDC will fund the applicants travel expenses (flight, train, bus or car) to a maximum of

$ 750.00.

For CIQSS courses the maximum amount is $ 250 per course.

Please note that accommodation and meals (per diem or receipt) are not admissible expenses for the method training grant.


Assessment of Applications:

Applications are reviewed by the CSDC Steering Committee. Each Steering Committee member conducts a thorough review and evaluates the application on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the Methods Course,
  • Availability of the course at CSDC partner universities or local institutions during the Fall and Winter semester,
  • Eligibility of applicant, and
  • Appropriateness and justification of the budget


Notification of Award:

Successful applicants will be notified by email within 30 days of the submission deadline, setting forth the amount and conditions of the award. A copy of this email will be sent to the applicant’s supervisor.
Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email. It should be recognized that the CSDC has a limited amount of funds and, although applications may have merit, there may not be sufficient funds to award all such applications.


Knowledge Transfer

Award recipients may be asked to share new insights with the greater CSDC member and student community during one of the CSDC lunchtime Methods Seminars organized by the CSDC Graduate student Committee or one of the CSDC. Member Institutions.



A full application consists:

  • The following completed form File CSDC Students Method Grant Form including:
    • Description of project
    • Justification (Please provide an explanation of why you require training outside of Montreal and as appropriate, why current courses available in Québec are either insufficient or not available.)
    • List of courses
    • Budget (incl. other funding received ort applied for)
  • Proof of ICPSR Scholarship application
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation from a CSDC member. The letter must be sent directly by the letter’s author to csdc-cecd [at] mcgill.ca.


Incomplete submissions:
In order to maintain the principle of fairness to all applicants, policies must be adhered to in the preparation of Methods Grant applications. Non-adherence to the Policies will lead to rejection (without appeal) of the application.



The reimbursement request has to be submitted within four (4) weeks after the methods course has finished.

A reimbursement request consists of:

  • invoice for plane, train or bus plus boarding passes (if applicable)
  • invoice for tuition fee
  • print out of itinerary and kilometers from Google Maps or similar software (if applicable)
  • invoice for car rental and for gas (if applicable)
  • Proof of completion of program
  • Non-McGill graduate students and post-doctoral fellows: Visitors Claimant Form

Note: in order to receive CSDC funding, you must have fully updated (with photo) or updated your profile on the CSDC WEB site.


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