3 August 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the recipients of the 2011 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships. He was joined by Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology).
"Canada’s prosperity is fundamentally linked to science and technology and highly skilled individuals whose talents bring innovative ideas to life," said Prime Minister Harper. "I am pleased to congratulate the 167 recipients of this year’s Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships – researchers whose ideas will help produce tomorrow’s breakthroughs and keep Canada’s economy growing."
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program was announced by the Harper Government in Budget 2008 to strengthen the country’s ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students, and to brand Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. The Scholarship Program is open to both Canadian and international doctoral students studying at Canadian universities.
Vanier scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health fields. Each of the recipients receives $50,000 a year for three years, to help them as they pursue and complete their doctoral studies.
"This scholarship program is a key component of our Government’s Science and Technology Strategy, helping make Canada a world leader in science and technology and a key source of entrepreneurial innovation and creativity," concluded the Prime Minister.