To prepare PhD students at Concordia University to play an influential role in our society.
To influence the opinions of the business community, public service and government, and the public at large about the value of a PhD education.
To raise awareness of the importance of research in the 21st Century knowledge economy, and the contributions of Concordia’s PhD students to our society.
During their tenure, the Public Scholars will engage with the community-at-large about their research or research-creation work, its impact on our society and the relevance of their skills and knowledge for future employment. In particular, the Public Scholars will:
Establish and maintain an active, professional presence on at least one social media platform;
Contribute five entries over the year to the Concordia Public Scholars blog over the course of the year;
Position at least one op-ed in a newspaper or a publication linked to higher education;
Participate in official Concordia external relations events, such as but not limited to government relations visits in Quebec City or Ottawa, advancement or alumni relations activities, and a year-end forum;
Deliver at least one knowledge mobilization activity that could be, for example a public lecture, ideas café, multi-media presentation, symposium, or community outreach initiative.
Interested in becoming one of ten annual Concordia Public Scholars?
Applications for the 2020-21 academic year will open in the Fall.
Training for scholars
Concordia Public Scholars will be provided with training on:
Media relations, op-ed writing, social media and presenting research to community audiences;
How to interact successfully with government officials, both elected and civil servants;
Business etiquette and personal presentation;
How to explain their research topic to a diverse, non-specialist audience (through the 3MTTM thesis academic competition);
Publishing blogs and notices on the Concordia website;
Fundraising basics and donor relations.
Applicants must have been admitted to candidacy by the application deadline.
Recipients must remain current in their program while holding the award.
Recipients must be on campus while holding the award.
Recipients must remain within their program time limit during the tenure of the award.
Recipients must be available for training beginning in January.
A call for applications will be sent out in early October with applications due in mid November;
The ten Public Scholars will be selected by the end of December;
Training will take place during the winter semester;
The tenure of the cohort (and their fellowships) will begin on May 1 and last for one year.