2011 Vanier scholarships announced - Macleans.ca

2011 Vanier scholarships announced

167 Awards granted to students at 26 universities

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the recipients of the 2011 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships at McMaster University today.

The prestigious award, which grants recipients $50,000 annually for up to three years, is given to outstanding Canadian and international doctoral students who choose to study in Canada. The program was announced as part of Budget 2008 to encourage world-class study to take place Canada.

“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.”

This year, 28 awards went to University of Toronto researchers, 25 to McGill , 25 to UBC, and 12 to Université de Montréal. Areas of study include sociology, astronomy and astrophysics, and molecular biology. The complete list of award recipients can be found at http://www.vanier.gc.ca/.