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FacelessMage last won the day on August 22 2016

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    SSHRC Doctoral Award/CGS (funding for 2018-2019)

    They're similar although the SSHRC doctoral awards start with a whole blurb about how they've completed the assessment of your application and they are pleased to tell you that you were successful (and get funding).
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    SSHRC Doctoral Award/CGS (funding for 2018-2019)

    FYI, SSHRC will tweet out when they post the letters, so you'll have some advanced warning!
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    Long distance relationship

    I'm currently in a long distance relationship (but will be closing the gap in the summer), and while it's been hard, we've made do. The distance isn't quite as far yours though (we're only a 2 hour plane trip apart, so we see each other at least once a month). We were long distance before grad school as well (4 hours drive apart). It's made our communication skills really strong, and while it's sucked that we haven't been constantly together for the past little while, I think it's made our relationship stronger,
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    SSHRC Doctoral Award/CGS (funding for 2018-2019)

    Ugh, I'm on vacation that week, and I know I'm going to be consumed with thinking about it.
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    Fall 2018 CANADIAN clinical psychology

    Funding, supervisor fit, research fit, quality of clinical experiences (all in no particular order).
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    SSHRC Doctoral Award/CGS (funding for 2018-2019)

    If that tweet was about the doctoral SSHRCs, that prof can get in big trouble. The results are under an embargo until SSHRC makes the formal announcement. You're not supposed to publicly announce your success before the formal list goes out by SSHRC (I think we're ok here though since it's anonymous).
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    Fall 2018 CANADIAN clinical psychology

    It's worth a shot! I did the same thing when I won both the masters and doctoral SSHRC awards without an acceptance.
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    Fall 2018 CANADIAN clinical psychology

    I would definitely ask about funding. I'm surprised they didn't tell you anything about it to be honest.
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    Fall 2018 CANADIAN clinical psychology

    This is why I wish they had left the Master's CGS decisions at the national level rather than delegating it to the schools. It was much easier before when you could win the award and take it anywhere you want.
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    Fall 2018 CANADIAN clinical psychology

    I'd focus on getting some publications. I was told that it doesn't reflect well on people with Master's degrees if they're not applying with at least one publication. If you did a thesis, that would be a good thing to try to get published.
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    SSHRC Doctoral Award/CGS (funding for 2018-2019)

    It's the end of April. When I won in 2016, the letter was dated April 25. Depending on your university, you may find out earlier in April from the powers that be at your school (they usually get some sort of list before award letters go out to applicants from SSHRC).
  12. I definitely agree with the fact that a good amount of application success being due to luck (after you consider all the other important factors that have already been mentioned in this thread). You could look really good one year because the rest of your application cohort isn't as shining, but in a different year be utterly unremarkable the next year. A lot of success also depends on department politics in a given year. Some POIs will be prioritized in being able to accept students in different years (especially in clinical). If you're in a fairly niche area of research (like forensics, eating disorders, or sex research), you're going to have a much harder time since there's less spots for the amount of applicants than say someone doing general anxiety or depression research. Clinical is definitely the hardest of the specialities to get into (in my opinion, it's harder to get into a clinical program than med or law school). Social psych and I/O are also hard specialities to get into, but most experimental programs are easier to be accepted into (at least from my Canadian perspective). It took me 4 application cycles to be accepted into a clinical PhD program (niche research field). I just kept working on my application every year, making sure I was seeking out extra opportunities to improve my application, and it paid off!
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    Work-Life Balance in Clinical/Counseling Psychology PhDs

    In my program, we're required to take a set program of courses each semester determined for us by the DCT (e.g., first year is ethics, professional issues, stats, and assessment second year is therapy and more stats, etc). We don't get a choice of what courses to take. The only way to stretch it out would be to take forever n the later years in getting your research/clinical hours done, but I wouldn't recommend it 1) for funding reasons, and 2) you want to be done and get paid as soon as possible.
  14. Did your professors/department not recommend that you complete an honours thesis or at the very least an independent project? It puts you at an extreme disadvantage because several schools won't accept applicants without the honours thesis or an equivalent project.

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