The University of New Brunswick has created a postdoctoral fellowship program focused on innovation.
The fellowship was created with $1.25 million from the McCain Foundation, and are meant to provide PhD graduates with the resources they need to commercialize their research. The two to three-year fellowships are valued at $50,000 per year, and will be awarded competitively on an annual basis.
Over the course of their tenure, early-stage researchers will deepen their expertise in a specialist subject under the mentorship of faculty and through partnerships with industry leaders.
“We believe that these fellowships will enhance the recipients’ specialized expertise and also give them valuable skills that will translate their ideas into more opportunities for themselves and others in New Brunswick,” said Linda McCain, chair of The McCain Foundation.
The inaugural recipient of the McCain Fellowship is Dr.Edward Cyr, who is investigating the role that artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing play in the evolution of printed materials, such as advanced stainless steels and aluminum alloys.
“Through the creation of these awards, The McCain Foundation has shown the value that it places on supporting future leaders,” said Cyr. “I believe that investing in education is the way to bring society into the best possible future, and I look forward to being a part of UNB’s and New Brunswick’s continued leadership in innovation.”