In­no­va­tion P.E.I. fund avail­able to grad­u­ates, post-doc­toral fellows

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

Grad­u­ate stu­dents and postdoc­toral fellows who are car­ry­ing out re­search have been ben­e­fit­ing from sup­port from In­no­va­tion P.E.I.

The grad­u­ate stu­dent and post-doc­toral fel­low­ship fund, which has been run­ning since 2009, as­sists stu­dents who have demon­strated a high level of aca­demic achieve­ment and are work­ing on in­dus­try-rel­e­vant re­search projects.

Masters stu­dents can qual­ify for up to two years of fund­ing at $20,000 a year, PhD stu­dents can qual­ify for up to three years of fund­ing at $20,000 a year and post-doc­toral fellows can qual­ify for up to two years of fund­ing at $40,000 a year.

Dr. An­drew Tasker, pro­fes­sor of neu­rophar­ma­col­ogy at the At­lantic Ve­teri­nary Col­lege, UPEI, de­scribes the fund­ing as a “win­win pro­gram”.

“This fund has been of tremen­dous value in help­ing us ad­vance the vi­brant bio­science com­mu­nity in P.E.I.,” said Tasker. “By pro­vid­ing es­sen­tial sup­port to both the bright­est young Is­land sci­en­tists as well as al­low­ing us to at­tract new tal­ent to P.E.I., the Grad­u­ate Stu­dent and Post-Doc­toral Fel­low­ship Fund helps us to pur­sue in­dus­try-rel­e­vant qual­ity sci­en­tific re­search, while also pro­mot­ing ca­reer de­vel­op­ment for our youth and the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the prov­ince.”

The fund is open to both grad­u­ate stu­dents and fellows who have se­cured a su­per­vi­sor within a grad­u­ate or fel­low­ship pro­gram po­si­tion on the Is­land and to su­per­vi­sors of re­search pro­grams who have not yet found a grad­u­ate to do the re­search.

Ap­pli­ca­tions into the fund are be­ing ac­cepted un­til Feb. 20. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit­no­va­tion­ fel­low­ship.

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