News Release

REF NO.: 73

SUBJECT: Memorial social sciences and arts students awarded scholarships and fellowships

DATE: November 14, 2014

A group of graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students at Memorial have received more than $1 million in funding from a Canadian research funding agency that promotes and supports post-secondary based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.

Twenty-six Memorial University students are among the 2,500 recipients of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRC) scholarships and fellowships programs. The Memorial students received a combined total of $1,127,000.

SSHRC announced an investment of $118 million to support Canada’s most promising scholars and students in the fields of social sciences and humanities on Nov. 7. 

A complete list of all scholarship and fellowship winners follow at the end of this release.

The fellowships and scholarships provided by SSHRC’s Talent Program contribute to building the knowledge and talent essential for Canada in the 21st century’s culture of innovation.

“This is a significant investment by one of the top federal funding agencies and speaks to the calibre of talent of Memorial’s students,” said Dr. Ray Gosine, vice-president (research), pro tempore. “Memorial is proud to recognize and support this opportunity for the future leaders of Newfoundland and Labrador, and beyond.”

Fifteen students from the Faculty of Arts and one student from the Faculty of Education were awarded Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program – Master’s Scholarships, for a combined total of $280,000. The scholarships

program, which helps develop research skills, 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 SSHRC.

“These scholarships and fellowships will provide Memorial’s graduate students with the opportunity and freedom to pursue research that will build upon and enhance our future understanding of the world,” said Dr. Faye Murrin, dean, School of Graduate Studies, pro tempore.

Five doctoral students from the Faculty of Arts were awarded with a combined total of $525,000 as part of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program – Doctoral Scholarships, and three were awarded SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships, with a combined value of $160,000. The graduate scholarships program and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships program aim to support training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a scholarly achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities.

Two Memorial post-doctoral students were awarded with SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellowships for a combined total of $162,000; the fellowship program supports the most promising Canadian new scholars in the social sciences and humanities, and assists them in establishing a research base at an important time in their careers.

For a complete list of recipients, please visit www.today.mun.ca.   

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