SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA
Industry Canada

Industry Canada

September 29, 2005 11:00 ET

Minister Owen Announces $11.5 Million for New SSHRC Fellowships and Canada Graduate Scholarships for British Columbia Students

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 29, 2005) - The Honourable Stephen Owen, Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State (Sport), today announced $11.5 million in funding to support 291 fellowships and Canada Graduate scholarships in British Columbia. This funding is provided through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Minister Owen 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."

Nevin Aiken of the University of British Columbia is among the recipients of a SSHRC graduate scholarship. This research project will examine the effectiveness of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a peace-building mechanism capable of promoting societal reconciliation. The findings will aid in current efforts to revise and reform other transitional peace-building processes.

"Every year, SSHRC's scholarship and fellowship programs grow to ensure Canada's top students and emerging researchers receive the funding they need to pursue new areas of research," said Minister Owen. "I take this opportunity to congratulate some of British Columbia's most talented students and wish them every success in their research endeavours."

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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