The fellowships will be awarded to graduate students from Concordia’s four academic faculties: Arts and Science, Fine Arts, Engineering and Computer Science and the John Molson School of Business (JMSB). The gift will primarily support Concordia’s strategic direction of doubling its research by attracting and retaining the best and brightest students.
Roland points out that top universities around the world are known for their graduate programs, research and professors.
“Top researchers choose schools that have good graduate students and graduate students elect to go where there are top professors in their field — that’s a good symbiotic relationship. By helping the students I’m also helping the faculty.”
Her endowment will pay a minimum of five per cent annually, adjusted for inflation every four years.
The first awards will be given for the 2018-19 academic year. The fellowships will be granted through competition, based on academic merit, to students pursuing a doctoral degree in areas that will enhance Concordia’s research profile and reputation and encourage interdisciplinary cooperation.