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  1. lewin

    SSHRC 2010

    That is very unfortunate and I sympathize. I still understand why SSHRC has its rule (i.e., if you've graduated your not a student and theoretically could do something else for the summer). All that said, it really seems to be the grad department's fault for not having you start the award last May. Good luck -- I hope you can postpone convocation.
  2. lewin

    SSHRC 2010

    I just wanted to echo these points, especially the one about the Matthew Effect. At my university people with an external scholarship (SSHRC or OGS) get a release from 75% of their TA work, which frees up an astounding amount of time for research. Research is what gets you a job, so the real boost to one's CV isn't the award per se (though it helps) but the freedom you get to pursue research and not get bogged down teaching.
  3. lewin

    SSHRC 2010

    That situation sucks, but I kind of side with SSHRC here. Your MA took 8 months and they funded 8 months. Are you paying tuition this summer? Why should they continue to pay you if you're no longer a student? Is there any way you can defend in two weeks and just submit your graduation papers later? Then you're still a student throughout the summer and could get a head start on your PhD research.
  4. lewin

    SSHRC 2010

    I hate to say, but your chances might be a bit lower because if you applied to the PhD award then you'll be evaluated against other PhD students (who could already have an MA and now be in first, second year PhD). (Unless I'm misunderstanding your situation.) My program is also organized like this and it's more common for people to get PhD SSHRC's in second year, though people do get them in year one. If you get one now that's exceptional news, but don't be too discouraged if it doesn't happen.
  5. lewin

    SSHRC 2010

    This is a common complaint about SSHRC and one reason why SSHRC results are seen as more random than NSERC. I'm in social psychology and the consensus is you'll be lucky to get a psychologist on your committee, much less a social psychologist. There's just a danger that somebody in, say, English will use different criteria to evaluate candidates than, say, someone in Sociology. This creates error variance in the ratings. It's also easier to unintentionally say something that will make somebody dislike you because different fields have different triggers.
  6. I'm not saying this had an effect in your case, but I've heard through the grapevine that all of the candidates, once they reach NSERC Ottawa, are so exceptionally well-qualified that they look for almost any excuse to exclude somebody. If you have a comparable record to others and they don't have typos, a typo might make the difference. It's not the typos per se, but that they suggest carelessness or inattention to detail (because typos are so easy to fix!).
  7. lewin

    Social Psychology

    I'm a grad student in social at Waterloo. We've had visiting students this month so I suspect all the offers have been made already. Some of our undergraduates visited UBC a few weeks ago for visitation weekend, so those who were waiting for UBC may also be out of luck. I'm happy to answer questions via PM if anybody has a question about a specific prof. Many people didn't take students this year.
  8. This. I think it might be a warning sign worth looking into, but it's not necessarily a kiss of death. Of course given the lengthy review process and time-to-publication for JPSP, the grad students in OP's department might have some articles on the cusp of publication but not out yet. I think that's common for senior grad students. A post doc year is not just for new work, but also to allow one's grad school publications to get out there. All that said, I know people who have gotten great jobs with much less than a first-author JPSP, but they often come from Ivy league schools or have exceptionally prestigious advisors.
  9. May I suggest that you're having trouble recruiting participants because volunteering 30-45 minutes is a lot to ask of people? (The estimated time listed on your ICL.) I also receive these types of invitations on the professional social psychology listserv--a half-hour survey with no remuneration. Even a draw for a couple of $50 amazon gift certificates would be better than nothing.... and a cheap too, for 250 participants. All that being said, I did the survey. I thought it was the least I could do after giving you a hard time
  10. Its absence is a bit unusual, I agree.
  11. Scholarships and bursaries are tax free. Anything that's employment (TA/RA) is taxable but the tax credits received from tuition, textbooks, and student status will more than outweigh any taxes you might need to pay. For example, you can claim all of your tuition and (typically) $400 per month tax credit for each month you're a full-time student. Just be sure to fill out your T1 properly when you start employment so they don't deduct too much off of each paycheque. T1 is the tax form where you estimate how many credits you'll have each year so that your employer deducts an appropriate amount for income tax each month. At the end of the year, on your tax return, you reconcile how much you actually made, how many credits you actually have, and how much tax you paid; usually this results in a refund. (This is the process for Canadians; it may be different for international students.)
  12. lewin

    NSERC but not OGS

    I got PhD SSHRC but not OGS... and had received OGS for my MA.
  13. Successful/unsuccessful: Successful MA/PhD (if PhD, specify SSHRC/SSHRC CGS/Vanier): PhD SSHRC Department: Psychology # of years into program: This will be 1st PhD, finishing MA this year MA Major Awards & Value: NSERC Master's CGS ($17,500*2 years), internal university awards ($10,000 * 2 years), OGS ($15,000--declined for NSERC) PhD Major Awards & Value: n/a Undergraduate GPA: 4.05/4.50 Graduate GPA: 97% Research contributions/Publications so far: 1 chapter, 5 conference presentations Strengths of application: Research proposal was novel and relevant to social issues, high GPA Weaknesses of application: Switching from NSERC to SSHRC, MA referees knew me less well than BA referees so maybe letters less detailed Level/Form of Departmental Support (i.e. SSHRC workshops): Departmental SSHRC workshop, really good admin asst. who proofreads well
  14. lewin


    Thank you, exactly. I had thought appealing to pragmatic concerns might be more effective, but courtesy is just as important.
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    Maybe I'm going to take some heat for this, but I must ask: Why do people keep emailing/calling SSHRC (read=pestering SSHRC). You already know results will come out this week. What is calling them going to accomplish, besides annoying the SSHRC staff? This same question applies to anybody who keeps calling their faculty of graduate studies. Take it from a current graduate student: The last people you want to irritate are your administrative staff... even more than your advisor. Your advisor is probably more forgiving than the admins. You guys are going to be PhD students. Get used to delaying gratification.
  16. While I agree with the above posters about looking for a good advisor, there's something to be said for applying to top programs too. Here's one such list: http://www.socialpsychology.org/gsocial.htm
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