The CSMB applauds recommendations by the Science and Research committee to increase support for graduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships

The Science and Research Committee report on the study of “ GOVERNMENT OF CANADA’S GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS” was tabled today in the House of Commons.

The entire report is available here. Recommendations made by committee members are favourable and aligned with the recommendations CSMB put forward in our submission response. For reference, see the first recommendation below :

 Recommendation 1 That the Government of Canada, through the granting councils—the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research:

  • Increase the value of Tri-Agency graduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships by 50%, and index them to inflation moving forward;
  • Increase the number of Tri-Agency graduate student scholarships by 50%;
  • Increase the number of Tri-Agency postdoctoral fellowships by 100%; and
  • Increase the Tri-Agency research grant budget provided to faculty by at least 10% per year for the next five years, to allow for increased graduate student and postdoctoral pay.

The recommendations the committee tabled in the House of Commons are non-binding, however – represent a powerful signal of multipartisan support to the government of the urgent need to address funding for scientific research.

View the full details of the study on the House of Commons website here: