SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA
Industry Canada

Industry Canada

September 29, 2005 12:06 ET

Minister Volpe Announces $39.6 Million for New SSHRC Fellowships and Canada Graduate Scholarships for Ontario Students

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 29, 2005) - The Honourable Joe Volpe, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Senior Minister for Ontario, today announced $39.6 million in funding to support 972 fellowships and Canada Graduate scholarships in Ontario. This funding is provided through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Minister Volpe 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."

Tamara Small of Queen's University is among the recipients of a SSHRC doctoral fellowship. She is examining how politicians and voters are using the web to influence one another. By studying "cyber-campaigning" in Canada and around the world, she will help improve communication between political representatives and their constituents.

"This investment will enable researchers at Ontario universities to critically examine issues facing Canadians and help us to prosper socially, culturally and economically," said Minister Volpe. "Their findings will have impact not only here in Ontario, but nationally and internationally."

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.

For more information on SSHRC, please visit www.sshrc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Joe Volpe
    Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Stephen Heckbert, Director of Communications
    (613) 954-1064
    or
    SSHRC
    Dore Dunne
    Media Relations Officer
    (613) 992-7302 or (613) 720-0323 (cell)
    dore.dunne@sshrc.ca