Each year, Concordia selects ten PhD students to represent Concordia’s interdisciplinary diversity and excellence in research. The Scholars engage with our wider community to share the significance of their work and its impact on society.
The program was developed in 2016, in partnership with the Montreal Gazette, to showcase the work that Concordia doctoral candidates bring to the public through diversified communication channels. After five successful years, the program was re-envisioned in 2021 to give this unique professional development training to more doctoral students. The changes also intensify the program’s impact through new and renewed partnerships, modernized communication channels, and individualized coaching.
New for 2022 Cohort
Open the program to all PhD students and not only PhD candidates
Require all applicants to complete a mandatory, qualifying Strategic Public Communications Training offered in the winter semester
Modernize and diversify the scholars’ deliverables to ensure their outreach and impact
Reinforce existing partnerships and add new training and outreach partnerships
Empower scholars to take greater ownership of the program 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: