SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA
Industry Canada

Industry Canada

September 29, 2005 12:10 ET

Minister Lapierre Announces $20.8 Million for New SSHRC Fellowships and Canada Graduate Scholarships for Quebec Students

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 29, 2005) - The Honourable Jean-C. Lapierre, Minister of Transport, today announced $20.8 million in funding to support 527 fellowships and Canada Graduate scholarships in Quebec. This funding is provided through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Minister Lapierre made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for SSHRC, who today announced a total investment of $96 million in 55 universities across the country to support the appointment of over 2,300 fellowships and scholarships.

"This investment is allowing more than 2,000 Canadian students to carry out research at universities across Canada and around the world," said Minister Emerson. "These students will become our next generation of leaders, applying the knowledge and insight they gain through research to sharpening Canada's competitive edge in all sectors of society."

Radu Neculau of the Universite de Montreal received a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship. Using theories from philosophy, sociology and psychology, Neculau will analyze irrational crowd behaviour and attempt to understand how and why everyday people get caught up in mass violence. His work may hold the key to predicting and preventing destructive crowd behaviour, as witnessed in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

"These fellowships and scholarships will support some of Quebec's most outstanding student researchers, and I congratulate them all," said Minister Lapierre. "Supporting a better understanding of our most pressing economic, political, social and cultural issues is critical to the future of both Quebec and the rest of Canada."

SSHRC is an independent federal government agency that funds university-based research and graduate training through national peer-review competitions. SSHRC also partners with public and private sector organizations to focus research and aid the development of better policies and practices in key areas of Canada's social, cultural and economic life.

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