$34 Million in Funding for Canadian Post-Docs and PhD Students

October 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

The Harper Government recently announced 166 new Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients and 70 new Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients, a moved that is aimed at developing, attracting and retaining the best young researchers in Canada and from around the world.

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), and the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, were at the University of Toronto  to announce over $34 million in awards. These prestigious awards will support world-class doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows carrying out leading-edge research in the health sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities at universities in Canada or Canadians carrying out research at institutions around the world.

The University of Toronto is host to 26 new Vanier Scholars and 8 new Banting Fellows, including:

  • Vanier Scholar Miles Montgomery whose research in engineering sciences focuses on the development of tissues in a lab that, when transplanted, can help fix damaged human organs.
  • Vanier Scholar Catia Perciani whose study of varicella-zoster virus (VZV), or chickenpox virus, could help in the battle against HIV/AIDS.
  • Banting Fellow Santiago Rincón-Gallardo whose work explores how innovative teaching methods can be incorporated into educational systems on a large scale.
  • Banting Fellow Elizabeth Willis whose research may explain how a molecule called PSA can coat the surface of cancer cells and allow them to move freely in the human body, providing new targets for chemotherapy.

Quick facts

  • The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program, which was created by the Government of Canada in 2008, is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students. Scholarship recipients receive $50,000 a year for up to three years of research.
  • The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program, which was developed by the Government of Canada in 2010, represents a concerted effort to attract and retain world-class post-doctoral talent. The Fellows announced today will receive $70,000 a year for up to two years of research.
  • Both programs are funded through the three federal research 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).

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