The 2011 Vanier scholarships highlight excellence in Canadian research and graduate studies

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Canadian Federation for the humanities and social sciences

As the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program enters its third year, we are pleased to congratulate the latest round of Vanier scholars.

The Vanier Scholarship Program provides funding to exceptional graduate students from Canada and around the world who choose to pursue doctoral studies in Canada. It provides valuable support to Canada’s research community, highlighting outstanding contributions to our understanding of complex global issues and bolstering Canada’s reputation as a world-class education centre for graduate students and researchers.

“On this exceptional roster of emerging scholars are some of the best and brightest from around the world” said Graham Carr, President of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. “Supporting this next cohort of researchers is critical to ensuring that we have the talent to foster creativity, deepen knowledge, create new jobs and enhance Canadians’ overall well-being.”

This year’s social sciences and humanities scholarships have been awarded to researchers at the top of their fields. Their research examines issues of importance to Canadians and provides valuable insight for policy-makers. Christine Proulx, a doctoral candidate at McGill University’s Department of Sociology, is studying the ways in which caretakers’ dual responsibilities for children under 25 and aging relatives affect their personal and professional lives through factors such as hours worked, divorce rates and re-partnering. Jodie Whelan, a doctoral candidate at the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, is studying the emotions triggered in consumers when they engage in consumer behaviour and how these emotions affect our decision-making.

For more information on the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program and this year’s winners, visit the program webpage

Read the Federation’s official press release on the 2011 Vanier Scholarship recipients here.