Bishop’s University to Host First Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship: Dr. Simplice Ayangma Bonoho

Bishop’s University to Host First Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship: Dr. Simplice Ayangma Bonoho

Bishop’s University is delighted to be welcoming its first recipient of the prestigious Banting postdoctoral Fellowship. The announcement was made yesterday on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry by Ali Ehsassi, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, together with Canada’s federal granting agencies, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Dr. Simplice Ayangma Bonoho was featured at the announcement of the 70 Banting fellowships.

Dr. Ayangma Bonoho

Dr. Ayangma Bonoho’s research will focus on Canada’s contribution to supporting the health development of francophone countries in Africa. His project « Le Canada et les politiques internationales de développement sanitaire en Afrique francophone » promises to correct the relative neglect of Africa in health history. It builds on his doctoral research at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) on the history of the World Health Organization. The project will be a valuable addition to the history of Canadian development aid, a main research focus of his supervisor, Dr. David Webster, Professor of History and Global Studies at Bishop’s University.

Bishop’s University is extremely proud of the recognition of our research programs by the Banting Fellowship program. The University as a whole will benefit from the presence of Dr. Ayangma Bonoho through his research expertise and the innovative ideas that a brilliant young mind brings to a research group.

Dr. Miles Turnbull, Vice-Principal Academic and Research

Of his project, Dr. Ayangma Bonoho affirms: “The proposed research will tap documents that have never before been examined from Library and Archives Canada. With its focus on francophone Africa, the proposed research has the potential to bridge the gulf that too often exists between Canadian historiography written in English and French.”

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country’s economic, social, and research-based growth.  Social justice is one of the strengths of several of our research groups at Bishop’s University, as demonstrated by the research themes of several of our Interdisciplinary Teams.  Dr. Ayangma Bonoho’s demonstrated expertise in the analysis of the interplay between public health and social issues are validated and recognized through this prestigious fellowship and will consolidate Bishop’s reputation of research excellence in this field.

The history of health the way in which disease and health care interventions cross borders have rarely been more relevant than today. It is a great honour to be welcoming a cutting-edge scholar whose work promises to bring lessons from the past to knowledge today. Dr Ayangma Bonoho’s research will be welcome to the growing work on the history of Canada’s overseas development work.

Dr. David Webster, Associate Professor, History and Global Studies

There is significant alignment between the emerging directions of the university and Dr. Ayangma Bonoho’s research program. Not only will he contribute to Bishop’s research priorities, we are convinced he will grow through the interdisciplinary collaborations with his colleagues at the university. We look forward to welcoming him to Bishop’s.