[URBANTH-L]JOB: Postdoc at the UBC Centre for Social, Spatial & Economic Justice (Canada)

Angela Jancius jancius3022 at comcast.net
Tue Oct 28 12:45:40 EDT 2008

The Centre for Social, Spatial & Economic Justice (CSSEJ) at the University 
of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus), encourages applications for 
Government of Canada Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships for the 2009-10 
academic year.

The CSSEJ is a state-of-the-art research centre funded with multiple grants 
from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Social Sciences and Humanities 
Research Council, Canada Institutes of Health Research, Michael Smith 
Foundation for Health Research, and various non-profit sources.

Post-doctoral researchers will have the opportunity to work with any or all 
of the three principal researchers in the CSSEJ: Dr. Lawrence Berg (Cultural 
Geography & Cultural Studies), Dr. Jon Corbett (Human Geography), and Dr. 
Mike Evans (Economic Anthropology).  Research in the centre includes such 
projects as: an examination of racism in the healthcare system, the 
interlocking character of social exclusions, community participatory 
mapping, and indigenous rights.  CSSEJ has extensive research connections 
with First Nations, Métis, and urban Aboriginal communities in the Okanagan 
Valley and BC, as well as wider connections to a range of extensive 
international research networks.  Post-docs would join a vibrant research 
community with formal research links in Anthropology, Cultural Studies, 
Economics, Fine Arts, Gender & Women's Studies, Human Geography, Indigenous 
Studies, Nursing, Social Work, and Sociology.

Applicants must be a citizen of one of the following eligible countries: 
Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of 
Korea, Russia, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Please feel free to contact one of the three CSSEJ Principal Researchers for 
further information about CSSEJ:

Lawrence Berg (Lawrence dot berg at ubc dot ca)
Jon Corbett  (Jon dot corbett at ubc dot ca)
Mike Evans (Mike dot evans at ubc dot ca)

I've provided further information about the Government of Canada 
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships below.

Best wishes,
Lawrence Berg (on behalf of CSSEJ)

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Government of Canada Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships 2009-10
A program of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Objectives and Goals:

As part of the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program (CCSP) and the 
Government of Canada Awards (GCA), the Government of Canada offers one-year 
post-doctoral research fellowships tenable at recognized public Canadian 
universities and affiliated research institutes only.

The Government's objective in establishing this program is to attract recent 
Ph.D. graduates to do research in Canada. Within that, the Government wishes 
to support research that clearly advances the scholar's own career and that 
is useful to Canada or to the research team within which the scholar 
proposes to work.

The Canadian Post-Doctoral Fellowship Research Program is funded by Foreign 
Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT). The Canadian Scholarship 
Selection Committee is composed of faculty members from universities across 
Canada and is responsible for recommending selected candidates to DFAIT. The 
agency responsible for financial and administrative matters is the Canadian 
Bureau for International Education (CBIE).

Eligible countries: Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, 
Norway, Republic of Korea, Russia, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be citizens of one of the above-mentioned countries. Anyone 
who has obtained Canadian citizenship or who has applied for permanent 
residency in Canada is ineligible.
Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. degree within the last four years or 
have completed the Ph.D. degree requirements before taking up the award 
(evidence of submission of dissertation for defence provided by the 
responsible department head).
Applicants must be accepted into a post-doctoral position at a recognized 
public Canadian university or affiliated research institute.


Total value of the fellowship is $32,000 CAD and it is not taxable in 
Canada. As no dependant allowance is payable, it is essential that fellows 
who plan to bring their family to Canada have sufficient financial resources 
for their support.  (editorial note: this works out to about $45k taxable 
income, plus CSSEJ can supplement this with some paid research duties)

Terms and Conditions:

The fellowship is 12 months in duration and is not renewable.
The fellowship must commence no later than 30 September 2009.
Fellows will be required to stay in Canada during the tenure of the award, 
but if necessary, on the recommendation/approval of the supervisor, may 
travel outside of Canada (not to their country of origin) to undertake 
research-related activities up to a maximum of two (2) months.
DFAIT expects fellows to engage in full-time research. A fellow may not hold 
other full-time employment during any period of time in which he/she holds 
an award from the Government of Canada. The number of hours of other 
employment per twelve-month period is limited to 450 hours. The acceptance 
of other employment is subject to the approval of the research supervisor. 
Fellows should note that the remuneration of other employment is taxable.
A fellow may not concurrently hold another award from DFAIT or from another 
Canadian federal granting agency (NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC) but may accept 
awards from other sources --- maximum $20,000 CAD (e.g. foreign sources, 
provincial awards, private organizations, host institution).
The fellow must provide the Canadian Bureau for International Education with 
a mid-term report no later than six-month following the beginning of the 
fellowship as well as a final report upon completion of the fellowship. Both 
reports (500-1000 words) must be signed by the supervisor. In the final 
report, a PDF file of any publication which is a result of this fellowship 
must be included.
The Government of Canada must be acknowledged as supporting the fellow in 
any publication generated during the fellowship or using research undertaken 
during the fellowship.
Proof of medical coverage in Canada (equivalent to provincial coverage) must 
be submitted upon arrival.
The Canadian Bureau for International Education must be advised within seven 
(7) days of any incident or mishap, professional or personal, which would 
impede the completion of the post-doctoral position in which the fellow is 
involved. The Fellow should be aware that failure to report the above may 
result in the cancellation of the award and that he/she may be held 
personally liable for the repayment in full or in part of monies advanced 
under the Fellowship.
A fellow may not serve on the staff of the official representative of 
his/her home country in Canada.

Required documentation:

Application form duly completed and signed.
Copy of all degree certificates/diplomas (undergraduate and graduate). If 
PhD is in progress please provide proof on enrolment in the program.
Research proposal - maximum 2000 words (8 typed pages 1.5 spacing, 12 point 
Letter of intent outlining how the fellowship in Canada will further the 
applicant's career - maximum 1,000 words (4 typed pages, as above).
Curriculum vitae not exceeding 10 pages.
Two academic letters of recommendation, one from a supervisor at the Master's 
level and one from a supervisor at the Ph.D. level. The letters should 
comment on the candidate's work ethic, research ability and personal 
attributes. The referee should comment specifically on the candidate's 
potential in the chosen field.
One letter of recommendation from an employer (related to the candidate's 
career path). Alternatively, a third academic reference may be provided.
An official letter of invitation from a recognized public Canadian 
university or affiliated research institute on the institution's letterhead. 
The letter must clearly indicate who will supervise the work of the fellow.
PDF files of selected publications (maximum of 3).
Proof of citizenship.


Neither the Government of Canada nor CBIE can assume liability for 
accidents, illnesses, or losses that may occur during the tenure of an 
award. Fellows are responsible for ensuring that they have appropriate 
insurance coverage and should consult their host university or institute for 
any assistance needed. Proof of insurance coverage must be forwarded to 

Assessment Criteria:
Please note that your application will be assessed based on the following 
selection criteria, presented as guidelines only.

Proposed research: evaluation based on quality and methodology of proposed 
research, relevance of doing research in Canada and how the research will 
enhance your future career.
Candidate's aptitude: evaluation based on your letters of reference and your 
Interpersonal and leadership abilities: evaluation based on all documents 

How to Apply:
Applications and supporting documents should be sent to the  appropriate 
Embassy.  Applications sent directly to CBIE will NOT be accepted.

To obtain an application form and deadline information, go to this website:


Further information, application forms and documentation can be found online 


Lawrence D. Berg, D.Phil.
Co-Director, The Centre for Social, Spatial & Economic Justice
Graduate Coordinator, Human Geography

Community, Culture and Global Studies
University of British Columbia
3333 University Way
Kelowna, BC, Canada, V1V 1V7
Voice: +1 250.807.9392, Fax: +1 250.807.8001
Email: Lawrence.Berg at ubc.ca
WEB: http://www.chrdi.org/ldb/index.html

Editor: ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies

Co-Leader: BC Disabilities Health Research Network

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