Scholarly Practice

Qualitative Grant Writing

MERIT is offering a series of four FREE 1-hour workshops designed to support McMasterFHS faculty in developing a qualitative HPE study for any grant competition. Through a combination of short presentations and peer and instructor feedback, you will learn about and develop qualitative research questions to answer an educational problem in your practice. 

To participate, you must be interested in qualitative research, and may be interested in submitting to any grant competition (e.g., Royal College Grants such as MERG and CanMEDS [due in March], FHS education grant [due in April], or CAME grants [due in November]). 

Participants can have any level of familiarity with qualitative methods. 

We welcome novice researchers!

📅 Workshop Dates (every second Thursday):

January 13th, 2022, 12:00-1:00 pm ETJanuary 27th, 2022, 12:00-1:00 pm ETFebruary 10th, 2022, 12:00-1:00 pm ETFebruary 24th, 2022, 12:00-1:00 pm ET

💻 Delivered Virtually (Zoom)

* Registration is now closed. 
Interested in participating in future Qualitative Grant Writing workshops? Please fill out this form.

Program Content

The following is a listing of the program content that participants will engage in over the duration of this workshop series:

Workshop #1: Developing Qualitative Research Questions

Workshop #2: Selecting & Justifying a Qualitative Methodology 

Workshop #3: Aligning Qualitative Methods / Techniques with Methodology  

Workshop #4: Develop a Qualitative Research Proposal

Learning Objectives

At the end of this virtual event, participants will be able to:

Workshop Specifics

Workshop #1 Developing Qualitative Research Questions 

📅January 13th, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm

Workshop #2 Selecting & Justifying a Qualitative Methodology 

📅January 27th, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm

Workshop #3 Aligning Qualitative Methods / Techniques with Methodology  

📅January 13th, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm

Workshop #4 Develop a Qualitative Research Proposal *

📅January 27th, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm

* Problem Research Questions, Methods, Methodology


Renate Kahlke

Dr. Renate Kahlke is a researcher, qualitative methodologist, theorist, and educator. After working in curriculum design and faculty development for interprofessional education and simulation at the University of Alberta, she earned a PhD in Educational Policy Studies there in 2016. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Health Education Scholarship at the University of British Columbia in 2018. She lead program evaluation and research as a Research Associate at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada until May 2021 and is now excited to join the Department of Medicine and MERIT as Assistant Professor and Scientist. She continues to hold an appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Innovation in Medical Education at the University of Ottawa.


Teresa Chan

Dr. Teresa Chan (@TChanMD) is an associate professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at McMaster University.  She is the associate dean for McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Continuing Professional Development (@MacPFD, @mcmasterchse, @MacLtl).  She is an avid scholar in health professions education and works with the MERIT group (@MERIT_McMaster), and conducts research and scholarship within this area. She has written almost exclusively using collaborative platforms for the past 5 years.