The Public Scholar Program is a multi-faceted initiative with the following objectives:
Prepare PhD students to play an influential role through advanced communications and public relations training;
Promote the value of a PhD education to the public, business community, public sector and government;
Raise awareness of the importance of research in the modern knowledge economy;
Highlight the innovative and diverse contributions of Concordia graduate students.
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. As part of the Program, Scholars must:
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;
Be featured in a short video that introduces themselves and their research;
Position at least one op-ed in a newspaper or a publication linked to higher education;
Participate in official Concordia external relations events, upon invitation;
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;
Take part in the annual closing event;
Be available for winter-term training;
Attend the monthly brief meetings and complete an end of program progress report.
Interested in becoming one of ten annual Concordia Public Scholars?
Applications open in the fall.
Scholar begin their training workshops in January to prepare for their mandate, which runs May 1 - April 30 annually. Concordia Public Scholars will be provided with training by internal and external experts in the following areas:
Media relations and community outreach
Online communication and etiquette
3MT or MT180 competition training
Fundraising basics and donor relations
Social media and blog writing
Special topic: TBC
Application requirements and selection criteria
A completed application form
A lay abstract outlining the applicant’s research (250 words)
A Statement of Interest (250 words)
A summary of knowledge transfer activities and research track record (250 words)
A short 2-3 min self-produced video where applications introduce themselves and their research
Scholars will be selected based on the above criteria as well as applicants’ current GPA.
Applicants must have been admitted to candidacy by the application deadline.
Recipients must remain current in their program and program time limit while holding the award.
Recipients must be available to attend the program events and workshops beginning in January.
Recipients must fulfill the obligations of the Program as outlined above.
Concordia reserves right to revoke the title of the award if a Scholar uses its platforms for promoting content or beliefs that are beyond Concordia's principles or values