PM announces Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, support for Next Einstein Initiative

Fellowships will establish Canada as a global leader in research; Next Einstein Initiative to help best young minds in Africa
Waterloo, Ontario
6 July 2010

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the establishment of the Government of Canada’s Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, a prestigious new program to attract and develop the world’s best and brightest postdoctoral researchers in Canada. The Prime Minister also announced support for the Next Einstein Initiative to encourage and develop the best young minds in Africa.

“To remain at the forefront of the global economy, we must invest in the people and ideas that will produce tomorrow’s breakthroughs," said Prime Minister Harper. “The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships will give scholars in research institutions across the country the support they need to explore and develop their ideas to their fullest potential.”

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are the latest initiative under the Government of Canada’s comprehensive, long-term National Science and Technology Strategy. The new program will establish Canada as a global leader in higher learning, research and science and technology development. Under the program, 70 new fellowships will be awarded each year, with funding provided through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

The Prime Minister also announced the Government’s support for the Next Einstein Initiative, which will create a network of 15 centres of academic excellence across Africa in fields related to science and technology.

“Canada will make a substantial contribution to scientific and technological development in Africa by supporting the unique public-private partnership known as the Next Einstein Initiative,” the Prime Minister said. “This is a revolutionary approach to development. It aims to nurture the brightest minds in Africa so they can take a leading role in solving the complex challenges the continent faces in areas such as agriculture, health and finance.”

Canada’s contribution to the Next Einstein Initiative will help build long-term capacity in research in Africa, and encourage talented students to reach and fulfill their potential in math, science and technology.