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!

πŸ“… 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

πŸ’» Delivered Virtually (Zoom)

* Deadline to register is December 14th, 2021. Registration is capped at 10 participants, with preference will be given to McMaster FHS faculty. Once capacity has been hit, all other interested parties will be placed on a waitlist.

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:

  • Identify a practice-relevant problem that can be addressed through qualitative research.

  • Develop research questions for a qualitative study.

  • Select and describe a qualitative methodology, relevant to specific research questions.

  • Select and describe qualitative methods, aligned with a specific research question and methodology.

Workshop Specifics

Workshop #1 Developing Qualitative Research Questions

πŸ“…January 13th, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm

  • Presentation (20 mins):

      • What is the problem-gap-hook heuristic?

      • What constitutes a qualitative research question?

  • Small Group Discussion (40 min): Research Problems & Brainstorm Research Questions

Workshop #2 Selecting & Justifying a Qualitative Methodology

πŸ“…January 27th, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm

  • Small Group Discussion (20 mins): Discussion & Feedback on Research Questions

  • Presentation (20 minutes):

      • Aligning research questions, methodology, and methods

      • Common qualitative methodologies

      • Selecting a methodology (alignment with research question, expertise on the team, time commitment)

  • Small Group Discussion (20 min): Decide on RQ & Discuss Possible Methodology

Workshop #3 Aligning Qualitative Methods / Techniques with Methodology

πŸ“…January 13th, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm

  • Small Group Discussion (20 min): Discussion & Feedback on Methodology

  • Presentation (20 mins):

      • β€œFit” of methods with methodology & RQ

      • Common qualitative methods – affordances and limitations

  • Small Group Discussion (20 min):

      • Develop methods

      • Submit protocol for feedback

      • Submit questions for final workshop

Workshop #4 Develop a Qualitative Research Proposal *

πŸ“…January 27th, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm

  • Presentation (20 min): Extra details in a qualitative (reflexivity, building a team, other questions as submitted)

  • Small Group Discussion (30 min): Exchange drafts and workshop feedback

  • Wrap Up & Final Questions (10 min)

* Problem Research Questions, Methods, Methodology


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.


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.