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The Government of Canada announces new funding to support Black scholars

Additional support for Black students and postdoctoral researchers

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November 16, 2022

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced new funding to support Canada’s Black students and postdoctoral researchers, which will strengthen equity, diversity and inclusion in Canadian academia and in Canada’s skilled workforce.

This new funding stems from Budget 2022 and includes funds to increase the number and proportion of Black research trainees directly supported by the three federal granting agencies’ scholarships and fellowships programs. The new funds will support Black scholars at the undergraduate, masters, doctoral, postdoctoral and post-health professional degree stages.  

These funds will be offered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), through established scholarships and fellowships programs. This will contribute to strengthening the research capacity of Black scholars and enrich Canadian research and innovation.

This funding will be implemented from 2023–2024 and includes $40.9 million over five years and $9.7 million ongoing to increase the number of awards available to highly qualified Black scholars.

The funds will contribute to making Canada’s research culture more equitable, diverse and inclusive, and will augment Canada’s innovation potential. This support represents a  Tri-Agency EDI Action Plan milestone, aiming to address barriers  to equitable participation of members from underrepresented groups.

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