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WE ARE A GROUP OF NEXT GENERATION RESEARCHERS ADVOCATING FOR INCREASED PAY FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLARS IN CANADA

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The Faces of Graduate Students in Canada

The Facts

  • Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are the lifeforce of discovery and innovation, providing the critical ideas, talent, and labour necessary for the majority of post-secondary research conducted in Canada;
     

  • Much of the science and research in Canada is funded by the Tri-Council Funding Agencies — that is, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).
     

  • Yet, the majority of these federally funded graduate and postdoctoral scholarships amount to less than minimum wage, forcing some of the brightest minds in Canada into poverty, or to seek better funded positions abroad

 

  • As the cost of living has steadily increased over time, the unchanged values of graduate student and postdoctoral scholarships and fellowships provide inadequate support for these researchers, who often have families, prior student loans and other financial responsibilities.

Therefore we call upon the Government of Canada to:

1) increase the value of graduate scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships awarded by the Tri-Council agencies by 48% to match inflation since 2003, and index it to the consumer price index;

2) increase by 50% the number of graduate scholarships and post-doctoral fellowships awarded by the Tri-Council agencies.

The Faces of Postdoctoral Scholars in Canada

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