Each year, Concordia selects ten PhD students to represent the university's interdisciplinary diversity and excellence in research. These scholars engage with our wider community to share the significance of their work and its impact on society.
The Public Scholars program was launched in 2016, in partnership with the Montreal Gazette, to showcase the outstanding research being conducted by Concordia’s doctoral students. In 2022, the program was expanded to include partnerships with Le Devoir and The Conversation. The program was also revamped to provide more doctoral students with the unique professional development training Public Scholars receive. These changes help enhance the program’s impact through individualized coaching, modernized communication channels and new partnerships.
Program highlights 2022
Open to all PhD students
All applicants must complete a mandatory qualifying Strategic Public Communications Training offered during the winter semester
Streamlined and diversified deliverables to enhance Public Scholars outreach and impact
Reinforced existing partnerships and added new training and outreach partnerships
Empowered Public Scholars to take greater ownership of their deliverables through self-reporting
The program empowers PhD students to articulate and actively share the significance of emerging research beyond academia by coaching them to effectively navigate professional networks and communicate through various public channels. The three main objectives of the program are: