Maryam Monsef

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Maryam Monsef

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Release: Over $780,000 in federal funding for Trent University researchers

Researchers receive new support to further studies in areas such as education, immigration, and technology

Government of Canada invests more than $265-million for social sciences and humanities research

November 17, 2017 – Peterborough, Ontario

Research is at the heart of understanding the challenges and opportunities people face in areas such as education, immigration and technology. That’s why the Government of Canada continues to support the work of our country’s social scientists and humanities researchers. The evidence they produce informs policies that improve our understanding of each other and our communities.

To support their efforts, MP Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced $782,774 in funding for Trent University. This funding is being awarded through scholarships, fellowships, and grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), one of the three federal granting councils responsible for supporting researchers whose work helps fuel a stronger economy, healthy communities and a growing middle class.

With this announcement, MP Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha, is highlighting how social sciences and humanities research touches the lives of all Canadians, including in the areas of education, youth, Indigenous communities, immigration, refugees, technology and the environment. This investment will help researchers build stronger partnerships with the private and not-for-profit sectors so they may improve the well-being of Canadians in cities, towns and rural areas across the country.


“I want to commend the grant and scholarships recipients whose tireless efforts help us better understand our world and our relationships with each other. Our government is proud to support these talented researchers and scholars who are pushing the boundaries of knowledge to the benefit of Canadians and our growing middle class.
—Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

“Peterborough—Kawartha has a proud tradition of innovation. Farmers, engineers, teachers, social not-for-profits, entrepreneurs and artists demonstrate it every day. Fundamental to our ability to innovate is a basic understanding of challenges and solutions – that is why funding for social sciences research is crucial to our local economy. This research is a key component in addressing the complex and ever-changing issues society faces today. I look forward to seeing the results that the incredible researchers at Trent University will produce.”
– MP Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha, Minister Status of Women

“All innovation is inherently social, which means the social sciences and humanities are especially important in this time of rapid change. SSHRC-funded scholars and researchers can provide guidance on important changes that are affecting society. Developing a vibrant and long-term culture of innovation in Canada will is essential to building a bold and bright future for all Canadians.”
—Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

“SSHRC’s investment showcases Trent’s continued commitment to liberal arts and social sciences disciplines with a specific increase in research capacity this year focused on aging and age related research. Congratulations to the group of outstanding faculty who continue to make an impact on our communities locally, nationally and globally.”
– Dr. Neil Emery, VP Research and Innovation, Trent University

Quick Facts

· On November 15, 2017, Minister Duncan announced more than $265-million in funding through SSHRC’s Talent, Insight and Partnership programs that support postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences.

· The SSHRC and Genome Canada Joint Initiative on Societal Implications of Genomics Research supports social sciences and humanities research and related activities that will enrich the understanding of the societal implications of genomics research.

· The Canada Graduate Scholarships to Honour Nelson Mandela were launched in 2014 to honour the life and legacy of the anti-apartheid leader and first South African president elected in a fully representative democratic election.

Associated links

· Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


Ann Marie Paquet
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Science

Julia Gualtieri
Media Relations Advisor
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Tammy Thorne
Special Assistant (Communications) to Hon. Maryam Monsef
Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha