The relationship between ph. D. Students’ excellence scholarships and their research productivity, scientific impact and degree completion
Larivière, V. (2012). The relationship between ph. D. Students’ excellence scholarships and their research productivity, scientific impact and degree completion. Paper presented at 17th International conference on Science and Technology Indicators, Montréal.
Drawing on three distinct sources of data (students, excellence scholarships and scientific publications) on the entire population of doctoral students in the province of Québec, this report presents evidence of a relationship between excellence scholarships and research productivity, scientific impact and degree completion. It shows that funded students publish more papers than their unfunded colleagues and that there is only a slight difference between funded and unfunded Ph.D. students in terms of scientific impact. Funded students are also more likely to graduate, and this effect is greater for students funded by the federal government. Finally, although funding is clearly linked to higher degree completion for students who did not publish, this relationship does not hold for those who manage to publish at least one paper during the course of their Ph.D. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implication of the findings for Canadian science policy.
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