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World‑class Research

Conducting innovative research on a global scale

Dalhousie's membership in the U15 distinguishes us as one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, attracting more than $135 million in research grants and awards each year. Many Dalhousie researchers are nationally and internationally recognized for their work, whether it’s groundbreaking, thought-provoking or solving real-world issues.

Canada Research Chairs

Dalhousie is home to 50 Canada Research Chairs, more than any other university in the region. Chairholders advance the frontiers of knowledge in their fields, not only through their own work, but also by teaching and supervising students and coordinating the work of other researchers.


”I think it’s really a chance to start something new, but with the benefit of knowing that the capability exists to do something special.”

– Doug Wallace, Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Ocean Science and Technology

Research areas

Our researchers are exploring a number of research areas including:

  • ocean studies
  • advanced materials and clean technology
  • health and wellness
  • governance, society and culture
  • information science and communication
  • agriculture and food technologies
  • energy and the environment

For more on research taking place at Dalhousie, visit the Research website.

Graduate research

Dalhousie’s professors mentor more than 3,500 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in a multidisciplinary, research-intensive setting by bringing their research to the classroom and offering opportunities for students at all levels to be engaged.

Access to opportunity

We have been particularly successful in attracting graduate student funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program. These awards recognize and support Dalhousie’s leadership in developing innovative new ways of training the next generation of scientists and knowledge-based workers.

Undergraduate research

Dalhousie offers undergraduate students hands-on research opportunities with world-renowned experts.

For example, thanks to the Schulich Ocean Studies Centre—an initiative between Dalhousie and the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences (IUI) in Eilat—Marine Biology and Ocean Sciences students students can take a field course taught at IUI for a full credit toward their undergraduate degree. Along with lectures, snorkelling through the coral reefs and joining in on a research cruise, students were given a research task to complete in the field.