How to make more than minimum wage in grad school


Montreal Neurological Institute 3801 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2B4, CA

Where do you find little-known (and low-competition) scholarships? How do you approach companies to fund your research? This seminar will focus on alternative funding sources for graduate students in neuroscience and related disciplines.

Other topics will include: traditional funding sources (federal, provincial, and internal), how to choose which scholarships to apply for (e.g., stacking, quotas, estimating expected value), common pitfalls (e.g., internal/external deadlines, departmental nomination, where not to look for scholarships), and overcoming common excuses (low GPA, no publications, not enough time). The seminar will feature stories of McGill graduate students who obtained substantial funding through traditional and alternative sources.


The seminar will be led by Jay Olson, M.Sc., a PhD candidate in Psychiatry at McGill. He has been offered over 25 grants, scholarships, and financial awards during his graduate studies, from Mitacs, SSHRC, NSERC, FRQSC, IRRST, SCEH, and other unpronounceable acronyms.


Refreshments will be provided. Please note that the seminar will focus mainly on funding sources for Master's and PhD students, however postdoctoral fellows as well as undergraduates interested in graduate school are also welcome to attend.



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