The other day a colleague was explaining how SSHRC-funded Canada Graduate Scholarships are awarded at my university. "It's mostly driven by GPA," he said. "Grades in economics are so low that your students don't get a look in."
I spent some time messing around with the SSHRC awards engine. His suspicion that relatively few Canada Graduate Scholarships go to economists is well-founded. Taking all masters and doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarships together, and looking at the total awards over the past three years, fewer than two percent of scholarships went to economics students. SSHRC funded twice as many philosophy students as it did economics ones. Three and a half times as many political scientists. There are almost ten times as many psychology students receiving Canada Graduate Scholarships as there are economics students.
Moreover, it's getting worse. There is a gradual downwards trend in the number of Canada Graduate Scholarships going to students studying economics.