Researchers launch Support Our Science to call for increases to Canada Graduate Scholarships


Researchers have launched a campaign called Support Our Science, which calls for increases to Canada Graduate Scholarships, which have not changed since 2003. The annual stipends currently provide $17.5K for master’s students and $21K for doctoral students, and recipients are expected to work full-time on their research and are often not permitted to take on more than 10 hours a week on other per week in other employment. Carleton University master’s student Jessica Reid noted that the stagnant funding is a motivating factor for many students considering leaving Canada for their graduate studies. “Feeling like you can’t thrive or you just don’t have the resources to stay in this field is definitely going to dampen Canada’s research ability in the coming years,” said Reid.