Vanier Scholars Of African Descent.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships worth $150,000 each

by DAMI ADENIYI

July 17, 2020 

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, which award students $50,000 a year for three years, are some of the most prestigious in Canada. This year, 13 people of African descent received the scholarship.

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships are awarded yearly through the federal granting agencies Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The Scholarship is based on leadership skills, research potential, and a high standard of scholarly achievement in research that spans all disciplines.

This year’s recipients are:

Udechukwu, Chinonye

Institution: University of Ottawa

Area of Research: Mental Health

Title of Research Proposal: Impact of dietary interventions on the developing microbiota-gut-brain axis: implications for susceptibility to later life depression and anxiety.

Onabola, Christiana

Institution: University of Northern British Columbia

Area of Research: Population Health

Title of Research Proposal: On the Cusp of Planetary Health Equity: Adopting Watersheds as a Conceptual Framework for the study of SDGs Interactions and Health Outcomes.

Photo courtesy of Yonatan Morocz

Skerritt, Lashanda

Institution: McGill University

Area of Research: Health Services Research

Title of Research Proposal: Assessing the Reproductive Healthcare Needs and Priorities of Women Living with HIV in Canada.

Osin, Oluwatomiwa

Institution: University of Calgary

Area of Research: Chemistry – Inorganic Chemistry

Title of Research Proposal: Functionalized Nano-Porous Solids for Sustainable Treatment of Pollutants in Wastewater.

Thomas, Carieta

Institution: University of Calgary

Area of Research: Migration, Mobility

Title of Research Proposal: Technologies of Surveillance: An Intersectional Analysis of Illegalized Caribbean Women Careworkers in the Labour Markets in Canada and the U.S.

Osman, Balikisu

Institution: York University

Area of Research: Environment

Title of Research Proposal: Analyzing climate risks and management responses for food security in northern Ghana.

Photo courtesy of Darren Agboh: dagboh.com

Ofosu, Eugene

Institution: McGill University

Area of Research: Social Psychology

Title of Research Proposal: Causes and consequences of the biases of millions in a similar geographic area.

Noreiga, Alicia

Institution: University of New Brunswick

Area of Research: Education And Welfare

Title of Research Proposal: Unheard Voices: Exploring Perceptions toward the Function of Secondary Schools in the Economic Development of Rural Coastal Communities in Trinidad and Tobago.

Photo courtesy of Seyi Sanni

Majekolagbe, Adebayo

Institution: Dalhousie University

Area of Research: Environmental Law

Title of Research Proposal: Impact Assessment, Climate Change, and the Sustainability Transition of Fossil Fuel Dependent Economies: Towards a Just Transition Impact Assessment Framework.

Photo courtesy of @Ali Zaidi Arts

Charles, Carlo

Institution: Migration, Mobility

Area of Research: Migration, Mobility

Title of Research Proposal: Black Refuge: The Interplay between ‘Race’, Class, Nationality, and the Sociopolitical Integration of Haitian Asylum Seekers in Canada and France.

Anfaara, Florence Wullo

Institution: The University of Western Ontario

Area of Research: Women’s Studies

Title of Research Proposal: Promoting Community Health and Wellbeing in Liberia: The role of Peace Huts.

Photo courtesy of Red Works Photography

Ambtman-Smith, Vanessa

Institution: The University of Western Ontario

Area of Research: Geography & History Education

Title of Research Proposal: Engaging Indigenous community to improve healthcare environments: Is reconciliation within hospital spaces possible?.

Boulebsol, Carole

Institution:Université de Montréal

Area of Research:Women’s Studies

Title of Research Proposal:
Life trajectory, victimization, and support related to reproductive coercion: the experience of immigrant women in Quebec.

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