Scholarly Practice

Qualitative Grant Writing

MERIT is offering a series of four FREE workshops designed to support McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) faculty in developing a qualitative Health Professions Education (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!

Registration is now closed.


*Registration will be capped at 10 individuals, with preference given to McMaster FHS faculty. Once capacity has been hit, all other interested parties will be placed on a waitlist.

📅 Workshop Dates (every Thursday):

October 6, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm EDTOctober 13, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm EDTOctober 20, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm EDTOctober 27, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm EDT

💻 Delivered Virtually (Zoom)

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 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 activity, 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

📅Thursday, October 6, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm EDT

  • 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

📅Thursday, October 13, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm EDT

  • 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

📅Thursday, October 20, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm EDT

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

  • Presentation (20 mins):

      • “Fit” 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 *

📅Thursday, October 27, 2022, 12:00-1:30 pm EDT

  • 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

Speaker/Facilitator

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.