More Good News! SSHRC 2015

Applying to graduate school was quite an involved process. There were transcripts, essays, letters of recommendation, and resumes that had to be prepared and sent to every department. In addition to these materials, I also applied for a government scholarship to pay for my studies. This award, the Canada Master’s Scholarship, is awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of the government of Canada. It is given to the nation’s top scholars to facilitate their research.

I am very happy to announce that, indeed, I was awarded one of these prestigious scholarships! The University of Toronto awards 295 of these scholarships across all the fields of study. To put that in perspective, the total graduate student population at University of Toronto numbers around 16,000 students. While certainly these are not all Master’s students, we can guess that quite a few of them are!

Here’s what the scholarship is:

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

The CGS-M Program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in eligible master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies in their chosen fields.
The CGS M Program supports 2,500 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three federal granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The selection process and post-award administration are carried out at the institutional level, under the guidance of the three agencies.

This scholarship will help to fund my research into Dionysiac associations of the Roman Empire, which intends to explore the nature of religious identity in antiquity.

It goes without saying (but it must be said) that I offer my thanks to everyone who helped make this happen, including my referees and the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. And, of course, my thanks to the powers that be that award these scholarships. Huzzah!

6 thoughts on “More Good News! SSHRC 2015
  1. Congratulations! What an interesting research topic! Isn’t this a cool world we live in, filled with fascinating people intellectually inquiring toward every academic compass point?! It’s early, having my first cup of coffee, and this starts my day optimistic about the human race.

    1. You are too humble. Folks like you counterbalance those who drink bad beer while picking belly button lint!

  2. Thank you, Robert, for implying that I have excellent taste in beer *and* that I do not pick my belly button lint. Neither of which is necessarily true, mind you, but let us pretend anyways. :)

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