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  1. You should submit the scholarship application around the same time you submit your program application. I believe that for Brock this year, OGS is due in January, which is about a month after your program application would be due. Just be aware of the deadlines and give yourself a lot of time to put together the applications and make sure they complement each other (i.e., if you are applying to work with someone in a particular area, keep your OGS and personal statement applications focused on that area). You would write about the scholarships you have received in the past as well as scholarships you have applied for. Put the ones you have recieved in the past on your CV and in your personal statement, and put the ones you are applying for (e.g., OGS) in your personal statement only (e.g., "I have applied for scholarship funding to support my graduate training through OGS...") You don't approach them per se, you just submit the OGS application to the school and they will consider you for a scholarship. Just make sure you get it in by the deadline outlined by your schools. Fill this out based on who you want to work with (e.g., if you are applying to a person who does research in pediatric pain, propose a pediatric pain study for the application). Essentially, this is what almost all scholarship applications are like - they expect you to propose a study in your field of interest. If you get a scholarship it doesn't necessarily mean you need to actually do the study you proposed, they just want to see that you are proficient at writing a research proposal and are well versed in current literature in your field. You dont have to apply for funding before applying, but it will greatly increase your chances of being accepted. It is expected that students apply for any funding they are eligible for. On top of this, if you wait until you are enrolled to apply, you may not have any funding for your first year. Although, keep in mind, as an international student, you are limited to only a few scholarships to apply to. Definitely apply to OGS though!
  2. I agree with this. I think if you have experience administering semi-structured/structured assessments, those are worth mentioning, but otherwise stick to talking about the general experience of being a part of a specific study (i.e., interacting with participants, data input/analysis, etc.). It helps thinking about the training you had to take to administer tests/questionnaires. If all it took was someone explaining to you what the measure was and how to get people to fill it out accurately, it's probably not worth talking in great depth about, but if it is something that required weeks of training (e.g., WAIS, WISC, some observational coding protocols), then it may be worth talking more about.
  3. I would put the full title in the proposal, since many who review the applications won't necessarily be in the specific field you are applying to and then use the acronym for the rest of the proposal if you mention the measure again!
  4. I agree with @humanisticPOV! I took a year off before starting my program and I highly recommend it - you will be more mentally ready for grad school with a year off and can use the time to get more research experience in terms of output (e.g., posters, pubs, workshops, etc.). There is absolutely no rush to get right into a program from undergrad and I would say most people find the adjustment easier with some time off between! It will only benefit you taking time off and likely reduce your anxiety (in my opinion, at least)
  5. I can empathize with how challenging it is to know what the best route is and how to strengthen your CV while economizing your time as much as you can! With regard to your first question about a postgrad certificate/diploma to improve your grades - I think this is a great idea, especially if you take some courses you don't have. Eventually, you will need to take a social psych class anyways to fulfill the breadth requirements for registering as a psychologist. Maybe look into what courses you may be missing and will need in order to register, and use this time to get them out of the way before you start a grad program as well as boosting your GPA. A BSc doesn't ultimately matter when applying to clinical programs - plenty of people get in with BAs (myself included). For your second question about doing a PhD in the UK and then coming back to do an additional PhD - this is a challenging decision.I will say that it is exceedingly uncommon in Canada to do a terminal clinical MSc/MA. Most programs are set up with the expectation that you continue on to your PhD after completing your masters. I'm not sure based on your post if you are mostly interested in clinical work or clinical research? Your decision between your PhD in the UK and a clinical psych program should ultimately come down to what you are most interested in doing research-wise. I don't think there is any reason to continue with your PhD in the UK if you ultimately want out of research in the end, since that won't get you doing clinical work. I think it is also unnecessary to do all the research involved in a clinical PhD if all you want to do is practice, since there are other options for working with the populations you want to work with that don't involve (as much) research. That being said, the truth of clinical programs is that most of those who graduate from them end up working in clinical practice and not in research. I think this is a fact that many ignore because of the research intensity during programs. Taken together, in my opinion, you should consider taking some breadth psych courses you need to register (e.g., social psych, history of psych, etc.) and get your GPA up. This will not be a waste of time, as you will need to take these courses eventually if you want to be a clinical psychologist. Then, apply and see what happens. Your CV is otherwise stellar and I have no doubt someone would want to take you as a student so long as you meet the GPA cutoff. If you go through your first application cycle without success, reassess again what you want to do and go from there.
  6. I wouldn’t say you need to retake the GRE - your scores are good enough to get you past that hurdle and your time would be better spent on other aspects of your application. I would, instead, focus on solidifying more poster/paper presentations and get that 1 definite manuscript submitted and push to get one of the two others as close to submission as possible before applications are due. Have you also considered doing some volunteer work in another lab to get a better LOR? That way you can keep the momentum going that you likely already have in your current position and harness that rather than starting over somewhere else (since it would take time for you to get on any papers/projects). Maybe even consider taking a day a week to get involved in another lab? Just a thought!
  7. Also got a co-signed letter that was primarily penned by the more established supervisor but a postdoc also contributed to it.
  8. What was your writing score? I have heard from many faculty members that they look primarily at this and otherwise at publications/research experience & GPA. I am not sure how that applies to American schools though, as my experience is mostly with Canadian schools. I don't think you have a poor score though and you may benefit from devoting the time to research more than GRE studying.
  9. I am in a similar boat as you and have a quick question -- are you starting now to wrap up projects in your lab? I'm in a bit of a weird position since I am going from being the Lab Coordinator to being a graduate student in the same lab I am working in. I am motivated to not carry forward the tasks associated with my coordinator role over into grad school. Just trying to figure out how people are transitioning out of old roles and back into a student role and looking for any advice in doing this as smoothly as possible!
  10. Similar to others on here, I didn't have my path sorted out for a while. Did my first degree in an unrelated field, graduating at 22, then decided to pursue a second degree in psych kind of at random when I was 24. Ended up totally loving it and became focused on research and the possibility of graduate programs. Graduated with my psych degree at 27 and will start in fall 2019 at 28. Envious of those who found their path so young and are starting a program much younger than I am, but definitely grateful for the opportunities ahead that graduate school will have to offer!
  11. Congrats!! I may be wrong about who your POI is, but I know a new faculty member came in at OISE near the end of this cycle, and so he got to extend offers (even to those who were initially rejected). If I am correct and that is your POI, I have heard nothing but wonderful things about him and you would certainly benefit from working with a early career researcher like him. However, getting input from other students is really important, as @Willy36 mentioned, and you won't be able to get any feedback on what this POI is like as a mentor being that they are brand new and have never supervised students of their own. If I am wrong about this being a brand new faculty member at OISE, feel free to dismiss what I have said haha!
  12. Congrats!! Next step would be accepting it and notifying your POI, and I think that's it! I don't think that's true. They don't expect you to do what you proposed for the most part. I believe it would only be an issue if you started on research that falls under CIHR or NSERC rather than SSHRC.
  13. I just waited forever to log in to mine and finally got through! I got an offer for the SSHRC from u of c, but not sure if that means all other schools will have offers up by now as well? Good luck everyone!!!
  14. I agree with both of you... I also just wanted to say that I feel like it is exceedingly unfair for a POI to do this to you... you had to wait months in uncertainty about not only whether you would get an interview/offer/funding/etc., but also whether you would potentially have to uproot your life and move somewhere else...
  15. Yes, 7 days!! I got an email last week saying my CGS-M application status changed and nearly had a heart attack, but all it changed to was "Received by administrator"
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