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Unless you write proposals for a living, this application might take you longer than you think. The competition launches early September and has an annual deadline of December 1st.
Step 1: Check your GPA
Step 2: Review the funding program information on the CGSM website
- If you are applying the year before studies begin, you can participate in RRU's competition if you have submitted an admissions application before December 1st.
- You should have 12 months remaining in your program by the first award take-up date (May 1st following the application deadline).
Step 3: Create an account on the Research Portal
IMPORTANT! The name you use on the application must match the name in our University registration system (from your admissions application).
Application Title is a short version of your research question.
Start date or proposed start date of program of study refers to the start of your masters program.
Proposed Host Organization will be Royal Roads University.
Faculty is Faculty of Social & Applied Science, or Faculty of Management, or Office of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Department/Division is your School (e.g. School of Humanitarian Studies).
Summary of Proposal is like an abstract or executive summary of your Outline of Proposed Research.
Field of Study and Areas of Research are a best fit find from the drop-down menu for your proposed research.
There is a known issue with formatting when previewing the Summary of Proposal. This is a preview error only and will not affect the font size or spacing within the submitted application.
Step 4: Order official transcripts
REALLY IMPORTANT! You must include transcripts for all institutions mentioned in your application, including RRU's, otherwise your application will be considered incomplete.
Step 5: Write the Outline of Proposed Research
- 12 pt font Times New Roman,
- all margins set at a minimum 3/4",
- pdf file format,
- 8.5 x 11” page,
- name in the top right border,
- number pages in bottom right border.
You may send me (Gwen Campden) the draft to review. While I’m not a subject matter expert, I can act as your second set of eyes, ensuring that you are on track with application requirements, have addressed the critical elements of a research proposal, and I can be pretty ruthless at cutting out nonessential words if your proposal is too long. This optional service has a deadline – check the web for deadlines.
Step 6: Find two faculty or experts in your field of research to complete references
Be sure to thank them now and report back with the outcome of your application in the Spring.
Step 7: Complete the Canadian Common CVComplete the Canadian Common CV on this website and link it to your CGSM application. Make sure your name in the CV EXACTLY matches the name you used for the Research Portal. You won't be able to change it later, or attach it to your application if the names don't match.
After you login, please select CV in the horizontal menu bar
In the Funding Sources drop-down menu, select CGS-Masters
In the CV Type drop-down menu, select CGS-Masters
For Research Disciplines, Areas of Research, Fields of Application, choose the best fit for your research interests in general. The CV is about you as a researcher, whereas the Research Portal application is about your current proposed research.
Impressions and Advice from Previous Applicants and Reviewers
"A proposal with grammatical errors, spelling errors, and a lack of rigour is easily dismissed by the review committee. Take your time to prepare a good proposal and have as many people review it as possible."
"Planning for my first major academic project and applying for the CGSM is a bit like running a marathon. You train in advance focusing all your energy and hopes into researching the finish line knowing that even if you don't win 1st place, you've still achieved a personal best."
"...I would begin a month prior to the deadline. The amount of research required to submit a thorough application was greater than I anticipated."
"Consult with as many people as you can!"
"Apply! Go for it! Even if you don't receive the award, the process will help you with the next step in your academic journey. It's also nice to read the encouragement from your professors - that alone was worth it!"