McGill grad students and postdocs pull in top federal funding

Thirteen McGill graduate students have won Vanier Scholarships, and six McGill postdoctoral fellows have received Banting Fellowships. These prestigious programs are the federal government’s top recognition of doctoral and postdoctoral research excellence.

On July 19, 2018, the Government of Canada announced that 19 McGill students are among the latest cohort of Vanier Canada Scholars and Banting Postdoctoral Fellows.  These awards are Canada’s most prestigious awards for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

The 13 new McGill Vanier Scholars will each receive $50,000 each year for three years of study and research. The six McGill Banting Fellows each receive $70,000 a year for up to two years of research.

Launched in 2008 to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students, the Vanier Scholarship program recognizes students who demonstrate excellent leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, or health-related fields. This year’s McGill Vanier scholars are:

  • Sarah Barnett-Burns (Integrated Studies in Neuroscience)
  • Monica Batac (School of Social Work)
  • Costin Ciobanu (Political Science)
  • Guido Guberman (Integrated Program in Neuroscience)
  • Jayne Malenfant (Integrated Studies in Education)
  • Shanti Nachtergaele (Music)
  • Emilie Parent (Physics)
  • Xavier Phaneuf-Jolicoeur (Département de langue et littérature françaises)
  • Justin Raycraft (Anthropology)
  • James Rickards (Mathematics and Statistics)
  • Iris Kahtehrón:ni Stacey (Education)
  • Joanna Szyszkowicz (Mental Health)
  • Ran van der Wal (Family Medicine)

The Banting program annually supports 70 highly motivated and competitive postdoctoral researchers who work at Canadian universities and leading international research institutions. The funding helps develop research leaders who will positively contribute to Canada’s economic, social and research based growth. McGill’s latest Banting Fellows are:

  • Karina Benessaiah (Natural Resource Sciences)
  • Dominique Claveau-Mallet (Chemical Engineering)
  • Michael Da Silva (Law: Societal & Cultural Dimensions of Health)
  • Ana Gomez-Carrillo Catro (Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry)
  • Felix Rizzuto (Chemistry)
  • Marina Sharpe (Law)

The Vanier and Banting programs are supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).