Graduate students in law earn prestigious research funding in 2019!

Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

2019 was a very successful year for many of our graduate students. A total of 11 students were awarded external scholarships, for a cumulative total of over $400,000 of research funding. According to our scholars, obtaining a scholarship means a variety of things, from recognition, safety and joy, to production, validation and freedom. While certainly not the only indicator of success, these scholarships offer significant motivation for students undertaking research projects.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Two uOttawa law students earned prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships at the doctoral level, each valued at $35,000 over three years. Suzie Dunn, a PhD candidate supervised by Jane Bailey, earned the scholarship for her research examining impersonation and misrepresentation in digital spaces. Her work focuses specifically on gender-based attacks targeting women, non-binary and gender-non-conforming individuals. Also earning the honour was Gloria Song, a PhD candidate supervised by Angela Cameron and Jackie Dawson as part of the Change and Economic Development in Arctic Canada research team at the University of Ottawa. Her research explores access to justice for Inuit women in western Nunavut, looking specifically at the intersection of gender-based violence and housing insecurity in the Kitikmeot.

"This funding allows me to focus entirely on my research on preventing technology facilitated gender-based violence,” says Ms. Dunn. “Technologies that allow perpetrators to harmfully impersonate and replicate their targets are advancing at incredible speeds and the time for this research is now."

Two more students earned Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships at the master’s level. Eliane Boucher, a master’s student under the supervision of Mistrale Goudreau, earned $17,500 for her research on improving access to justice by applying the principles of readability to the drafting of legislation. Meanwhile, Julie Perrault, a master's student supervised by Marie-Eve Sylvestre, received a Bombardier Scholarship of $17,500 for her research into how the psychological factors that affect sexual assault victims make a case for evaluating alternatives to criminal trials.

On receiving her scholarship, Ms. Perrault had this to say: “It can be a relief, both financially and academically. This is not the first time I have received a scholarship, but I think the excitement is always the same. The announcement of results is surreal: you open your file and a yes or no can decide your next year; it only really hits home when you get the first installment.”

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships

Two students earned Doctoral Fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Julie Ada Tchoukou, a Ph.D. candidate supervised by Mona Paré, was awarded $60,000 over three years to continue her research on the legal development and democratization of human rights in post-modern Africa, with a specific focus on the legal regulation of cultural violence against girls in Nigeria. Meanwhile, Angela Lee, a Ph.D. candidate supervised by Heather McLeod-Kilmurray, earned $20,000 for a single year to further her research on food production and the environment, focusing on advancing technology in the agri-food sector through improved law and governance.

“Receiving this scholarship gives me more time for learning,” says Ms. Tchoukou. “It allows me to be more selective about how I spend my free time. I am currently completing a 4-month residency program with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Ontario. This SSHRC fellowship encourages me to consider similar research stays in other institutions that focus on gender equality, human rights and development.”

Recognizing Research Excellence

Doctoral student Justine Monette-Tremblay, who is supervised by Julie Paquin, earned a doctoral research fellowship of $84,000 from the Fonds de recherche du Québec, in the Society and Culture category.  This fellowship supports her research into the work of truth and reconciliation commissions after the violence of armed conflicts, focusing on whether these commissions function as true reconstruction tools for survivors or whether they merely serve legal purposes. Ms. Monette-Tremblay is also the recipient of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, a recognition of research excellence that is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and Ontario universities. Joining her as recipients of the 2019 Ontario Graduate Scholarships are Virginie Jetté, who is supervised by Teresa Scassa, and Andrea Talarico, who is co-supervised by Vanessa MacDonnell and Charles-Maxime Panaccio.

Finally, Vincius Da Silva, a doctoral student studying under the supervision of João Velloso, is a recipient of an Ontario Trillium Scolarship, which allows the best doctoral students from around the world to come to Ontario to further their research. Mr. Da Silva’s research on the politics behind the Brazilian judicial system will benefit greatly from the support offered by the scholarship, which is worth $40,000 annually and is renewable for a maximum of four years.

“I can now attend conferences, seminars and other activities without worrying about money,” says Mr. Da Silva. “It has allowed me to publish a book containing the results of my master's research. It also allows me to live in Canada while I do my research.”

Congratulations to all of our 2019 scholarship recipients! The Faculty of Law is excited to see your research flourish!

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