CFR Newsletter: Upcoming Events and Opportunities, March 20, 2020


1. Congratulations Former CFR Director Alison Crosby on Being Awarded SSHRC Connection Grant


1. Setting New Directions to Support Indigenous Research and Research Training in Canada 2019-2022

1. Ontario Mena Network Workshop Series: Music and its Senses (March 20, 2020)
2. Race in the Reproduction of Asian Urbanism: Gendered Subaltern Labour in the Global Household with Elsa Koleth (April 2, 2020)

1. Call for Contributions:  In/visible bodies :Gender, religion and politics | Corps in/visibles :Genre, religion et politique (March 25, 2020)
2. Call for Papers: Special Issue "Entanglements of Gender, Nationalism, and (Anti-) Migration in Contemporary Europe" (April 1, 2020)
3. Call for Papers: 2020 IAFFE Annual Conference and Deadline Updates (April 6, 2020)
4. Call for proposals: International Policy Ideas Challenge 2020 (April 17, 2020)
5. Call for Papers for the International Symposium on Environmentally-Driven Migration: Improving the Evidence Base for Effective Policy Making (May 15, 2020)

1.Funding Opportunity: Explore and Create- Research Creation
2.Funding Opportunity: Healthy Cities Implementation Science Team Grants
3. Funding Opportunity: Ontario HIV Treatment Network - The Endgame Program (March 20, 2020)
4.Job Opportunity: Director, Centre for Student Equity and Inclusion at Queen's University (March 22, 2020)
5.Job Opportunity:Associate Professor/School Director Social Work - Faculty of Human and Social Development at University of Victoria (March 31, 2020)
6.Funding Opportunity: Global Health Seed Grant at YorkU (April 3, 2020)
7.Funding Opportunity: NSERC EWR Memorial Steacie Fellowship (April 10, 2020)
8. Funding Opportunity: Canada Council for the Arts - 2021 Killam Research Fellowships Competition (June 1, 2020)


1. Congratulations Former CFR Director Alison Crosby on Being Awarded SSHRC Connection Grant
Congratulations Alison on this achievement!
Five professors at York University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) have been awarded 2019 Connection Grants by the Government of Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
The grants respond to objectives of the SSHRC Connection Program, which include increasing accessibility and use of social sciences and humanities research knowledge among academic and non-academic audiences.
The grantees’ projects are as varied in scope as they are in format, ranging from a virtual archive of the Spanish Civil War, to an international conference that promotes alternatives to capitalism and systems of oppression.
“SSHRC Connection Grants help our researchers bring their findings to the world. The support that they offer to help researchers share ideas with each other, and with the public,” said Lily Cho, associate dean, Global and Community Engagement. “I am thrilled that LA&PS researchers have been so successful in this round of competition. The award winners in this competition will make an impact by sharing their research discoveries within and beyond the university."
The SSHRC Connection Grant recipients
Adrian Shubert is a professor and undergraduate program director for the Department of History at LA&PS. He was awarded a Connection Grant in the amount of $33,222 to carry out a project called "Confronting a difficult past: The virtual Spanish Civil War." The project consists of creating an online exhibition of the Spanish Civil War, which will be complemented by a symposium when the exhibition is launched.
“Creating an online exhibition of the Spanish Civil War is a complex undertaking. I have a multidisciplinary team based in Spain, the U.K. and the United States, as well as in Canada, in addition to three research assistants,” Shubert said. “As this is a digital public history project, we also require special expertise and the ability to acquire use rights from a variety of museums, libraries and archives. Without the Connection Grant, this project would not have been possible."
The Mackenzie-Papineau Memorial Fund is also a project partner. This fund commemorates the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion, which was comprised of an estimated 1,500 Canadians who volunteered and traveled to Spain to support the democratically elected government against anti-fascist forces during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39).
Linda Peake, professor in the Department of Social Science, is director of the City Institute at York University. She was offered a Connection Grant in the amount of $24,709 to hold the Summer Institute in Urban Studies (SIUS) at York University and the University of Toronto between June 14 and 18.
“The event will bring scholars together to exchange knowledge on how we can put our diverse and multi-disciplinary research on urban life in the 21st century to work at a supra-national scale and increase the accessibility and use of urban research knowledge among non-academic audiences,” said Peake.
SIUS 2020 will run over an intensive four days of presentations, discussion and field-based activity, specifically designed to offer scholarly mentoring and leadership for the very best new global generation of scholars.
Audrey Laurin-Lamothe is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Science. Her Connection Grant of $24,250 is being used to organize The Great Transition: Building Utopias, a conference that will take place in Montreal from May 21 to 24. The conference has three main objectives: (1) promoting alternatives to capitalism and to the many different systems of oppression; (2) equipping social movements and transformative initiatives by sharing experiences and knowledge; (3) reinforcing ties between critical academics and militant organizations, as well as between francophone and anglophone networks.
“The SSHRC Connection Grant allows me to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between academics and grassroots movements,” said Laurin-Lamothe. “This kind of an event gives me the possibility to bring together a variety of experiences, approaches and theoretical debates from which I can build my own research agenda and facilitate the dissemination of the research in both francophone and anglophone critical networks."
Alison Crosby is an associate professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. She was offered a $25,000 Connection Grant to organize a workshop called "Remembering and Memorializing Violence: Transnational Feminist Dialogues." Running from June 12 to 14, the conference is co-hosted by the Centre for Feminist Research (CFR) at York University, and the Department of Equity Studies, University of Toronto. It will bring together 23 feminist scholars, students, activists, artists and curators working on the remembrance and memorialization of colonial, imperial, militarized and state violence in varied spaces and places to explore how their work is shaped by, in conversation with and/or informing, transnational feminist thought.
The organizing committee includes Heather Evans, a PhD candidate in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York, along with York faculty members Carmela Murdocca and Honor Ford-Smith, Shahrzad Mojab (OISE/Equity Studies, U of T), and Malathi de Alwis (University of Colombo).
“It is our hope that this workshop will stimulate participants’ thinking about what a transnational feminist lens might reveal about the contested space of remembrance and memorialization, its role in shaping our social and political realities, and how communities affected by violence resist, mobilize and enact agency,” said Crosby. “We conversely hope that the workshop also generates insights into what the lens of remembrance and memorialization may illuminate about our transnational feminist engagements, scholarly, artistic, activist and otherwise."
Merouan Mekouar is an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences. He has received a Connection Grant in the amount of $21,635 to lead a ground-breaking workshop on new forms for authoritarian practices in North Africa and the Middle East. He will be working alongside Ozgun Topak, assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences. Their workshop, scheduled at York University from August 27 to 28 will provide the first systematic, critical and comparative assessment of the new mechanisms of micro-practices of authoritarian control in the MENA region. It aims to bring leading MENA country experts to provide a historically grounded analysis of the evolution of authoritarian practices, especially since the critical juncture of the 2011 uprisings. The analysis of 17 MENA countries will be included in this workshop: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Israel/Palestine, Qatar, Tunisia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
The workshop brings together a total of 20 participants from nine different countries. Participants include PhD candidates, emerging academics and established scholars as well as international journalists and government officials. The workshop will serve to build ties between participants (and their respective institutions) and allow the organic development of future research collaborations.
“In LA&PS, our faculty members are committed to research that has a real-world impact on people’s lives,” said David Cuff, director, Strategic Research & Partnerships, LA&PS. “These events provide ideal platforms for bringing innovative research to audiences that otherwise may not be able to access these insights."


1. Setting New Directions to Support Indigenous Research and Research Training in Canada 2019-2022
The Canada Research Coordinating Committee would like to acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit voices that helped shape Setting New Directions to Support Indigenous Research and Research Training in Canada. We would like to sincerely thank all those who shared their wisdom and their experiences on Indigenous research to help inform these strategic directions. It is our hope that these strategic directions reflect your goals for new models of support to Indigenous research and research training that lead to meaningful new relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Bentwood Box carved by Coast Salish artist Luke Marston (credit National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation)
Starting the Journey
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released its report Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, which identified 94 Calls to Action, and highlighted the important role of research to advance the understanding of reconciliation. Ten principles of reconciliation were provided, notably that reconciliation requires constructive action on addressing the ongoing legacies of colonialism (no. 4), and that reconciliation requires political will, joint leadership, trust building, accountability, and transparency, as well as a substantial investment of resources (no. 9).Footnote1
In 2017, the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) was created. The CRCC brings together the presidents of Canada’s research granting agencies, namely the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC); the National Research Council (NRC); the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI); the chief science advisor; and the deputy ministers of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and of Health Canada. As one of its key priorities, the CRCC reaffirmed the federal granting agencies’ commitment to the Calls to Action of the TRC with the creation of a national dialogue with Indigenous communities to co- develop an interdisciplinary Indigenous research and research training model that contributes to reconciliation.
In Budget 2018, the federal government committed $3.8 million to SSHRC to support this priority by developing a strategic plan that identifies new ways of doing research by and with Indigenous communities. This includes strategies to grow the capacity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to lead their own research and partner with the broader research community. In support of these objectives, SSHRC, in collaboration with the other federal granting agencies, CIHR and NSERC, as well as the CFI, has been leading the implementation of the Strengthening Indigenous Research Capacity initiative. This document summarizes that process and highlights the issues and concerns raised by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in the context of Indigenous research and research training, as well as reflecting their experiences with the broader research community in the past and the present.
Four strategic directions are presented to guide the ways forward in building new models to support Indigenous research and training. The proposed mechanisms within each direction reflect areas that are within the scope of the granting agencies’ mandates. In some areas, they build upon initiatives that have been and continue to be developed in collaboration with Indigenous communities in recent years. These have included the creation of new Indigenous research programs, the introduction of guidelines for the merit review of Indigenous research, the extension of funding eligibility to Indigenous organizations; and the revised Tri-Agency Policy Statement 2 on ethical conduct for research with a chapter on research involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Engaging with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples
Three main objectives have guided a process of respectful and reciprocal engagement activities with Indigenous partners:
1. Building of new relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples
Engagement activities are setting a course for fostering and sustaining mutually respectful relationships with Indigenous Peoples and have generated ongoing opportunities for meetings and gatherings.
2. Co-development
New directions to support new models for Indigenous research and research training are being co-developed with Indigenous communities, collectives and organisations, and researchers. Dedicated outreach was undertaken with national and regional Indigenous organizations, Indigenous women’s organizations, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, post-secondary institutions, academics, Elders, Indigenous knowledge keepers, women, youth, community leaders and representatives, and rights-holders.
3. Coordinated approach
A coordinated approach with granting agencies is being maintained in support of the CRCC’s mandate to achieve greater harmonization, integration and coordination of research and research-related programs and policies.
Engagement is not envisioned as a consultation, but rather as an opportunity to develop and strengthen long-term relationships with Indigenous Peoples in a peer-to-peer context. This has included, but was not limited to, co-developing research questions and agendas, taking time to establish mutually respectful relations, respecting Indigenous ethics and protocols, and reflecting regularly with Indigenous partners on the priorities of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to shape strategic directions. Opportunities for engagement were presented along two main streams, as follows.
Stream A: Regional engagement events
A series of 14 regional engagement events, including roundtables and workshops, were organized in collaboration with Indigenous partners between July 2018 and March 2019. These events were held with Indigenous organizations and communities across Canada, reflecting a diversity of voices that included Elders and knowledge keepers, youth and students, researchers, business leaders, women’s groups, and community research organizations. A full list of the engagement events is provided in Appendix 2.
A National Dialogue was held in Ottawa in March 2019 that convened Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Connection Grant holders (see below), Indigenous community members as well as Interagency and CRCC representatives. Three hundred participants gathered at the National Dialogue to discuss emerging themes identified during the engagement events and in the position papers submitted by the Connection Grants holders.
These events emphasized collaboration and leveraged on-going engagement with Indigenous organizations and partners. An online platform (via GCCollab) was also developed to provide further opportunities for engagement and discussion among individuals at post-secondary institutions, government, businesses, associations and communities.
Stream B: Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Grants
A dedicated funding opportunity for multi-disciplinary Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Grants was also launched through SSHRC’s Connection program on June 21, 2018, National Indigenous Peoples Day. These grants supported community gatherings, workshops, and events that mobilized and exchanged knowledge on Indigenous research and reconciliation. A total of 116 Connection Grants, funded by CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC, were awarded across Canada with a value of up to $50,000 each.
For the first time, Connection Grants were also extended to Indigenous not-for-profit organizations with a research mandate. Proposals submitted by Indigenous not-for-profit organizations had an 85 percent success rate, and comprised the majority of the Connection Grants awarded. A full list of Connection Grant award holders is available in Appendix 3.
Gathering Voices
During the course of the engagement process, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples shared their stories and perspectives and expressed their needs, concerns and aspirations for Indigenous research. The role of research to address the priorities of communities was acknowledged, citing many positive examples of current community-led research in areas such as language revitalization, economic development, and health.
Summary reports of the regional engagement events, reviewed by participants, were shared with the granting agencies and the CFI by the event organizers. In addition, Connection Grant holders also provided, as part of the grant, some 94 position papers on the respective topic of their project. A summary of discussions at the National Dialogue is provided in Appendix 4.
An analysis of the summary of discussions and the position papers identified the following key issues and concerns, as well as opportunities for action:
Decolonizing research
Many participants in the engagement events viewed current research and research funding models as reinforcing power imbalances that negatively impact Indigenous spiritual, mental, physical and emotional well-being. Indigenous People expressed a greater need to set their own research priorities and to lead their own research. They called for research that directly addresses issues and concerns tied to community well-being and healing, and that contributes to sustainable socio-economic development. Nothing about us without us was often repeated in engagement sessions. Stronger mechanisms to ensure the ethical conduct of research with Indigenous communities and on Indigenous lands, and stronger commitments to Indigenous leadership in federal research institutions and funding agencies, are discussed further below.
At the same time, it was also widely recognized that decolonization is a highly complex topic with no single definition or interpretation. Research was acknowledged as playing a critical role to furthering a better understanding of decolonization in ways that reflect the distinct experiences among different Indigenous communities. The federal granting agencies’ engagement with Indigenous communities is seen as an important step for ensuring a sustained commitment towards decolonizing historical structures and processes of research funding.
Data governance and intellectual property rights
Indigenous Peoples have made repeated calls for greater ownership and control over Indigenous data. Participants in the engagement events spoke emphatically about the harms that have been caused to their communities through the mismanagement of data, and explained how misinterpretation of data has contributed to the continued misunderstanding and marginalization of Indigenous Peoples, their cultures and their knowledge systems. In an era where personal data is easily bought and sold, issues about how Indigenous data is used, stored and shared by external researchers was seen as a top priority. Ownership, control, and access were often highlighted as key principles for Indigenous data governance, and caution was expressed that the current model did not respond to the distinct needs and interests of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis regions and communities.
Research ethics and protocols
Stronger mechanisms to more effectively regulate the ethical conduct of research by and/or with Indigenous Peoples, in their communities and on their lands were requested. Participants in the engagement events shared experiences with non-Indigenous researchers who failed to provide communities with adequate information on their research or to obtain consent from the community. Participants spoke of research findings as misrepresenting or discrediting Indigenous communities and knowledge holders. Indigenous community leaders have challenged skepticism about the legitimacy of Indigenous knowledge, despite the many scientific advances that are directly attributable to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Concerns were expressed that increasing interest in research involving Indigenous Peoples is putting undue pressure on many members of their community, notably Elders. Specific challenges were further identified for regulating the ethical conduct of international researchers, who may not be bound by the same regulatory codes as Canadian researchers. In the Arctic, Indigenous People expressed increasing alarm about noise, pollution and other harmful impacts of international research on people, wildlife and the land.
Funding eligibility and accessibility
The exclusion of Indigenous organizations from funding given current requirements for institution affiliation as a condition of funding, is seen as a consistent barrier to growing their capacity. Current funding models were seen as enabling institutions to control the research agenda and further enabling the extraction of data from Indigenous communities with inadequate attention to potential negative impacts. Indigenous organizations with a research mandate seek eligibility criteria that recognize Indigenous ways of knowing, and called for more transparency and accountability in the adjudication of funding proposals, including appropriate mechanisms for verifying Indigenous identity. Better accessibility to information on funding opportunities, including the step-by-step processes of applying for grants, will also enable greater understanding, accessibility and participation in research by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
Research partnerships and community-led research
Indigenous People expressed an urgent need for long-term research relationships built on trust, respect and mutual interests. They stressed that mutually beneficial relationships take time and cannot be accomplished without involving the entire community. Dedicated funds for community outreach and relationship building to lay the groundwork before the research can start were seen as an important step towards improving research partnerships. Participants at the engagement events also pointed to the need for funding to support core administration costs that would enable Indigenous organizations to lead their own research. Furthermore, they highlighted that research conducted in remote communities in Canada, and notably in the Canadian North, generates substantial additional costs and time commitments, which require special consideration for funding and supports.
Supporting Indigenous students
Indigenous People pointed to the need for greater targeted support for Indigenous students. Many students shared the challenges and barriers they experience in pursuing successful education pathways, and called for more funding flexibility. They also noted that the current academic advancement model often competes with their ancestral values. Indigenous students and young researchers often find themselves torn between conforming to the expectations of their post- secondary institutions and staying true to their knowledge systems and responding to the needs of their communities.
Indigenous leadership and representation
Importantly, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples called for more representation in leadership and decision-making roles—from peer review and policy development, to merit review practices and adjudication of research proposals.
Setting New Directions
Through the engagement events, position papers and the National Dialogue, concerns were shared about experiences with past and present research, and numerous ideas, solutions and possibilities for the future were offered. The analysis of all these reports, papers and discussions has led to four proposed key strategic directions that reflect new models for Indigenous research and research training. The goals identified in the National Inuit Strategy on Research, produced by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), have also helped guide development of the strategic directions and their objectives, as outlined below.Footnote2
These four strategic directions also reflect key commitments by the federal research funding agencies to build new models for Indigenous research and research training. The agencies recognize that implementation of the mechanisms identified across the four directions will be undertaken in collaboration with Indigenous partners. It is understood that gender-based analysis+ (GBA+) will also be applied at the implementation stage to ensure that mechanisms and outcomes take into account intersectionality within the Indigenous population. The four strategic directions are inextricably linked, where the success of each direction depends on the success of the others. The commitments recognize that each of the federal granting agencies are at different stages of development with respect to previously established Indigenous research priorities.
They are intended to build on the progress of advancing Indigenous research, and provide a basis for strengthened ongoing collaboration. These strategic directions were further guided by the following key principles:
Self-determination: fostering the right for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to set their own research priorities
Decolonization of research: respecting Indigenous ways of knowing and supporting community-led research
Accountability: strengthening accountability in respecting Indigenous ethics and protocols in research and identifying the benefits and impacts of research in Indigenous communities
Equitable access: facilitating and promoting equitable access and support for Indigenous students and researchers
Strategic Direction: Building relationships with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples
A commitment to sustained engagement with Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous Peoples highlighted the importance of time and support to develop meaningful, respectful and sustaining relationships and to build trust with partners in the pursuit of Indigenous research. These relationships need to be mutually beneficial and contribute to meeting Indigenous research needs.
The granting agencies have pursued stronger engagement with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in the development of their respective Indigenous research guidelines, policies and programs over the years, notably through research dialogues and gatherings with Indigenous communities, the establishment of Indigenous advisory circles, and, most recently through CIHR’s Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research. Further background on the federal granting agencies’ (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) Indigenous research initiatives is provided in Appendix 5.
The Strengthening Indigenous Research Capacity initiative has aimed to set a new course for fostering and sustaining mutually respectful relationships with Indigenous Peoples, and the granting agencies are committed to sustaining these relationships. Opportunities to continue to build new relationships are noted as follows:
Offer funding opportunities to support relationship building between Indigenous communities, organizations, researchers and students in developing, undertaking, and reporting on research projects; and for Indigenous partners to promote learning and sharing of research and research practices.
Create effective tools and resources to facilitate access for Indigenous communities, collectives and organizations to connect with researchers and students involved in Indigenous research, as well as to help identify potential researchers with whom they may wish to collaborate.
Intended Outcomes
Researchers enabled to develop mutually respectful research relationships with Indigenous Peoples
Environments created to promote capacity-building and development of research communication networks with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities
Research partnerships created between Indigenous communities, the granting agencies, and the broader research community
Indigenous students have greater access to the work of Indigenous scientists and scholars
Strategic Direction: Supporting research priorities of Indigenous Peoples
A commitment to the revision and development of the federal granting agencies’ guidelines for Indigenous research
The development and improvement of Indigenous research policy guidelines has progressed in recent years. Notably, the Tri-Agency Policy Statement 2 included a revised chapter on ethical conduct for research involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. CIHR and SSHRC have recently released new Merit Review guidelines, funding eligibility criteria, and definitions of Indigenous research to more effectively support Indigenous researchers and organizations. Concerns were expressed, however, that these guidelines are not consistently enforced and should be further improved. In particular, Indigenous communities have expressed a strong need to reinforce and strengthen guidelines for merit review, data management, and the ethical conduct of research with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and on their lands. They also highlighted the crucial role of Elders and knowledge keepers in the decision-making process.
To address concerns about respectful engagement with Indigenous communities, collectives and organizations, as well as ensuring that research addresses community priorities, new or revised research guidelines will further require researchers to engage significantly with First Nations, Métis and Inuit community members.
Revise and introduce new merit review criteria to ensure that researchers are accountable to Indigenous communities, and that First Nations, Métis and Inuit knowledge systems (including ontologies, epistemologies and methodologies) are recognized and contribute to scientific/scholarly excellence.
Champion and support Indigenous data management protocols to ensure community consent, access and ownership of Indigenous data and protection of Indigenous intellectual property rights.
Strengthen adherence to Indigenous ethics and protocols to recognize the role of Elders in guiding and mentoring Indigenous research projects, and recognize the importance of regional engagement and consent.
Intended Outcomes
Increased leadership of Indigenous Peoples in research
Recognition of Indigenous ways of knowing as an integral part of valid and authoritative research
Support for Indigenous-led strategies and structures that address respectful and mutually beneficial data management and intellectual property rights in Indigenous research
Establishment of clear guidelines for engaging respectfully with Indigenous communities, Elders and knowledge keepers
Increased accountability of researchers to Indigenous communities
Strategic Direction: Creating greater funding accessibility to granting agency programs
A commitment to greater accessibility to funding
First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have expressed the need to set their own research priorities and to lead research projects that directly benefit their communities. At the same time, insights shared by Indigenous students have highlighted consistent barriers and challenges in their student experience and pathways to education, which may be addressed through new models to support Indigenous research and student training.
Noteworthy is the recent 2019 Federal Budget which presented a significant funding commitment of $824 million over 10 years to support a distinctions-based approach to Indigenous post-secondary education. These funds will be administered in part by Indigenous Services Canada’s Post-Secondary Student Support Program, as well as by other government and non-government bodies. Though not targeted for Indigenous students directly, Budget 2019 also announced increased funding to the Canada Graduate Scholarships Program. This includes an additional 500 master’s level scholarships and awards annually, as well as 167 more three- year doctoral scholarships and fellowships annually to be administered across CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.
Revise eligibility guidelines to ensure equitable access to research funding and infrastructure support for Indigenous organizations with a clear research mandate.
Offer funding opportunities for Indigenous students providing increased and flexible support through scholarships and fellowships, including undergraduate research skills training and mentoring opportunities.
Create effective tools and resources to build and strengthen understanding and user-friendliness of granting agency programs, including simplifying language, administration and application processes.
Intended Outcomes
First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples lead research projects for the benefit of their communities
Successful education and career pathways enable Indigenous student success
Specific tools in place that meet the needs of Indigenous Peoples
Increased awareness, understanding and leadership of Indigenous researchers, students and community in research
Strategic Direction: Championing Indigenous leadership, self-determination and capacity in research
A commitment to reconciliation and the decolonization of Indigenous Research
First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples seek stronger leadership roles in decision-making of research funding policies among the granting agencies, with greater respect and recognition for Indigenous ways of knowing in research and scientific inquiry. Notably, Indigenous scholars emphasized that reconciliation in research also means reconciling western scientific traditions with Indigenous worldviews and cultural practices, as well as recognizing and understanding the vast diversity that exists among Indigenous groups in Canada.
Offer funding opportunities to strengthen capacity among Indigenous communities.
Promote leadership of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in guiding and determining Indigenous research and research training.
Require Indigenous cultural safety training at the federal granting agencies to strengthen understanding and respect of Indigenous perspectives, histories and worldviews within these agencies.
Establish greater Indigenous representation at the federal granting agencies to include Indigenous voices in decision-making, notably at management levels.
Create an Indigenous Leadership Circle to guide the implementation of the strategic directions outlined in this document.
Intended Outcomes
Decolonization of Indigenous research through the development of clear structures and resources for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to build research capacity
Indigenous leadership in decision-making and guidance to the granting agencies on Indigenous research issues
Establishment of a sustainable and culturally safe space for Indigenous employees, ensuring employees have the necessary sensitivity, knowledge, and skills for more effective Indigenous relationship building
Successfully addressing gaps in Indigenous representation at all levels through the establishment of sustainable hiring, retention and career progression strategies
Looking forward
This document outlines key commitments made by the federal research granting agencies to support new models for Indigenous research and research training. These commitments aim to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and to grow the capacity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to lead their own research and partner with the broader research community.
The implementation of the mechanisms proposed across the four strategic directions will take time and sustained efforts and collaboration to realize over the coming years. Building respectful relationships between First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and the research community through ongoing engagement and in regular collaboration among the federal funding agencies will continue to guide our path forward.

1. Ontario Mena Network Workshop Series: Music and its Senses (March 20, 2020)
Ontario Mena Network Workshop Series:
Music and its  Senses
March 20, 2020, 280N York Lanes
2:00- 4:00 pm
Jonathan Adjemian, Labyrinth Ontario
Concept and Context: Aesthetics and Freedom in Iranian Classical Music
Jillian Fulton, Department of Music, York University.
Making 'Home' on the Diasporic Dancefloor: Taqsim as Storytelling in Arab-influenced Underground Dance Music

2. Race in the Reproduction of Asian Urbanism: Gendered Subaltern Labour in the Global Household with Elsa Koleth (April 2, 2020)
Race in the Reproduction of Asian Urbanism: Gendered Subaltern Labour in the Global Household
Thursday, 2 April 2020 | 2:30pm to 5:30pm | Room 626, Sixth Floor, Kaneff Tower | Keele Campus
Elsa Koleth, Post-Doctoral Visitor, City Institute, York University
Urbanization is central to Asian futurities. This presentation examines the role of race in creating conditions of possibility for middle-class urbanism, through the ‘global household’ as a site for the enactment of middle-class urban citizenship in Asian cities. It anchors its conceptual inquiry in two different types of global households, namely, households employing transnational migrants as domestic workers in Singapore (Yeoh and Huang 2010), and households of returned transnational IT workers employing internal migrants as domestic workers in India (Bhatt, Murty and Ramamurthy 2010). How can race be theorized in contemporary Asian urbanism as a regionally specific but globally embedded instantiation of racial capitalism and the modalities of dispossession through which it functions? The presentation explores the ways in which middle class urbanisms are reproduced through an interaction between the racialized economies of global migration and the racial economies of subaltern labour in the global household.
Elsa Koleth is a Post-Doctoral Visitor at the City Institute at York University and a member of ‘Gender and Urbanisation in the Global South: a Transformative Knowledge Network’ (GenUrb), a SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant led by Linda Peake (Social Science). Elsa’s research interests include the spatialities and temporalities of processes of urbanization, migration and mobility, transnationalism and border-making, and the shifting nature of governmentalities and subjectivities, particularly in relation to the intersections of race, gender and class.
This event is presented by the York Centre for Asian Research and the City Institute.


1. Call for Contributions:  In/visible bodies :Gender, religion and politics | Corps in/visibles :Genre, religion et politique (March 25, 2020)
Appel à communications
Corps in/visibles : Genre, religion et politique
23-24 octobre 2020, Université Laval, Québec
Organisé par Catherine Larouche (professeure adjointe, Département d’anthropologie, U. Laval) et Florence Pasche Guignard (professeure adjointe, Faculté de théologie et de sciences religieuses, U. Laval) Au Québec, le port de signes religieux dans l’espace public a suscité et provoque encore de nombreux débats sur la place du religieux dans la société ainsi que sur le « type » de religions autorisées dans l’espace public. Bien que ces débats soient en partie uniques au contexte québécois et à la formulation d’une loi sur le sujet, la visibilité du religieux et la gestion de sa diversité sont des questions qui animent plusieurs autres contextes à travers le monde, particulièrement ceux marqués par la pluralité religieuse ou par des tensions entre minorités et majorités religieuses.
Le corps des femmes, et sa visibilité, constitue souvent un lieu crucial de négociation des rapports entre religieux et politique. Toutefois, d’autres identités genrées sont également concernées par la question de la régulation des corps et de la place qu’on leur attribue dans les espaces religieux et politiques. Notamment, les constructions des masculinités, religieuses ou laïques, sont également révélatrices des rapports de force et d’autorité entre divers groupes sociaux. Cet atelier interdisciplinaire propose d’examiner spécifiquement les rapports entre genre, religion et politique en se focalisant sur la question des corps dans des contextes multiples, historiques et contemporains. Individuels, collectifs, symboliques, montrés, cachés, cultivés, les corps révèlent souvent les intersections du religieux et du politique. Qu’il s’agisse des signes religieux ajoutés au corps et portés dans les sphères publiques et privées, des
marquages et des modifications des corps, lors de rituels et parfois irréversibles, des pratiques de guérison ou de bien-être, ou des manières de vivre la sexualité et l’intimité, les effets et les influences des religions sur le corps soulèvent plusieurs enjeux quant à leurs répercussions et leur encadrement. Cet atelier s’intéresse donc aux façons de visibiliser ou d’invisibiliser les corps, notamment dans leurs aspects genrés, et aux négociations entre discours et pratiques religieuses (au sens large) et politiques, tant dans des contextes réputés laïcs que dans ceux où une ou plusieurs traditions religieuses ont une influence officielle plus ou moins marquée. Cet atelier réunira des expert.e.s qui mettront en lumière une variété d’études de cas sans se limiter aux contexts nord-américains et européens, ni aux états laïcs, afin de favoriser une perspective comparative et une compréhension globale des rapports entre corps, religion et politique. Les perspectives de l’intérieur de différentes communautés permettant de mieux comprendre comment certains discours et pratiques sont vécus et ressentis sont aussi encouragées. Nous vous invitons à soumettre des propositions de communication pouvant porter sur les thèmes suivants, dans des contextes géopolitiques et historiques variés (liste non exhaustive, à titre d’exemple) :
- Régulation des signes religieux/identitaires dans l’espace public, en particulier par rapport aux identités de genre
- Corps et pratiques de santé, encadrement des pratiques spirituelles de guérison ou de bien-être et des systèmes de médecine alternative, questions bioéthiques
- Pratiques de marquage ou d’altération des corps (altérations génitales, transplantation d’organes, etc.)
- Enjeux liés à la sexualité et la procréation (intimité, homosexualité, contraception, avortement)
Pour soumettre une proposition, veuillez envoyer un titre, un résumé de votre communication (250 mots maximum) et une courte biographie (50 mots maximum) en français ou en anglais au plus tard le 25 mars 2020 à l’adresse
suivante :
Sous réserve de l’obtention d’une subvention, si aucune autre source de financement personnelle n’est disponible, un soutien financier partiel pourrait être octroyé pour les déplacements à l’intérieur du Québec et pour une partie des déplacements à l’intérieur du Canada, ainsi que pour l’hébergement.
Call for contributions
In/visible bodies : Gender, religion and politics
October 23-24, 2020, Université Laval, Quebec City
Organized by Catherine Larouche (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University Laval) and Florence Pasche Guignard (Assistant Professor, Faculté de théologie et de sciences religieuses, University Laval)
In Quebec, the wearing of religious symbols in public spaces has given and continues to give rise to numerous debates about the place of religion in society, and the “types” of religions authorized in public spaces. Although such debates are partly unique to the context of Quebec and the passing of a related bill, religion’s public visibility and the management of its diversity are matters of concern in several other areas of the world, especially those characterized by religious pluralism or by tensions between religious minorities and majorities. Women’s bodies, and their visibility, often constitute a crucial site where the relationships between religion and
politics are negotiated. However, other gendered identities are also concerned with the regulation of bodies and the space they are granted in religious and political life. In particular, the construction of masculinities, religious or secular, is also indicative of the power and authority relations that tie diverse social groups together. The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to examine more specifically the relationships between gender, religion and politics, by focusing on the body in various contexts, both historical and contemporary. Whether individual, collective, symbolic, shown, hidden, or cultivated, bodies often reveal the intersections of the religious and the political. The effect and influence of religions on bodies raise several issues regarding their impact and management : examples include religious signs added to the body and worn in public and private spheres, body markings and modifications during rituals and sometimes irreversible, healing or well-being practices, or ways to experience sexuality and intimacy. This workshop is therefore interested in ways bodies are made visible or invisible, especially in their gendered dimensions, and in negotiations between political and religious (in a broad sense) discourses and practices. We will focus on reputedly secular contexts and on areas where one or several religious traditions have some level of formal influence. This workshop will feature experts who will highlight a variety of case studies, without being limited to North American and European contexts, or to secular states, in order to foster a comparative perspective and a global understanding of the relationships between the body, religion, and politics. We also encourage perspectives from within various communities, to better grasp how some discourses and practices are lived and experienced. We invite you to submit contribution proposals that can address (but are not limited to) the following topics, in
various geopolitical and historical contexts:
- Regulation of religious/identity symbols in public spaces, especially in relation to gendered identities
- Body and health practices, regulation of spiritual practices of healing or wellness and alternative medicine systems, bioethics-related issues
- Body marking or altering practices (genital modifications, organ transplants, etc.)
- Issues related to sexuality and procreation (intimacy, homosexuality, contraception, abortion)
In order to submit a proposal, please send a title, a summary of your contribution (maximum 250 words) and a short biography (maximum 50 words) in English or French by March 25, 2020, at the latest to the following e-mail address:
Subject to obtaining a grant, if no other personal funds are available, partial financial support could be granted for travel expenses within Quebec and for part of the travel expenses in Canada, as well as for accommodation expenses.
2. Call for Papers: Special Issue "Entanglements of Gender, Nationalism, and (Anti-) Migration in Contemporary Europe" (April 1, 2020)
Special Issue: Entanglements of Gender, Nationalism, and (Anti-)Migration in Contemporary Europe
Over the last few years, issues related to gender and sexuality came to the center of public and political debates in Europe. Right-wing parties and far right actors across Europe are gaining popularity while increasingly drawing on gender and sexuality in their anti-immigration and anti-Muslim rhetoric (Mayer, Ajanović and Sauer 2014, Meret and Siim 2013, Sauer, Kuhar, Ajanović and Saarinen 2016).
However, there are significant variations in the ways in which gender and anti-immigration discourses and politics, and the interplay between the two, has been articulated. Many right-wing groups, especially those in Europe’s West and North, have instrumentalized discourses of gender and sexual equality in an effort to distinguish between ‘us’ (progressive Europeans) and ‘them’ (Muslims, minorities, and refugees). Such re-appropriations, conceptualized through the notions of homonationalism (Puar 2007), femonationalism (Farris 2017), and sexual nationalisms (Mepschen and Duyvendak 2012), have served to widen racial boundaries between communities and to advance restrictive policies toward migrants and refugees.
Accompanying these developments, in recent years, discourses of gender and sexual equality have increasingly come under attack by right-wing groups and parties across Europe. Scholars and activists often use the concepts of anti-gender or anti-LGBTQ movements to capture this new phenomenon and point out its transnational dimension (Kováts and Poim 2015, Köttig, Bitzan, and Petó 2017, Kuhar and Paternotte 2017).
One of the most prominent discursive threads present in this transnational mobilization is the call for the replacement of the notion of gender with the idea of complementarity of the sexes, stemming from the allegedly natural differences between women and men. These anti-gender discourses and accompanying reproductivism are often closely interwoven with a strong anti-immigration stance.
The aim of this special issue is to capture and interrogate the existing multiplicity of ways in which gender and sexuality are articulated together with nationalist, anti-immigration, and right-wing populist discourses in contemporary European socio-political landscapes.
Therefore, we are particularly interested in contributions which analyze the current contestations of gender and gender-related discursive practices in specific contexts and communities from different disciplinary frameworks, including but not limited to sociology, anthropology, political science, gender studies, and socio-legal studies.
Overall, we invite contributions that interrogate how two key political struggles in Europe today - around gender and immigration - feed into each other, thereby producing new meanings and arguments.
This special issue is edited by guest-editors Dr An Van Raemdonck, Dr Katja Kahlina, and Dra Aleksandra Sygnowska.
Abstract Submission
Please submit your abstracts (max 250 words) by April 1, 2020 only by email to all three guest editors (please address your emails to:;;
Communication on selected abstracts and invitation of full papers can be expected by 15 April 2020. Authors will be notified if their abstract is accepted on 1 May 2020, and full papers are to be submitted for peer review by 1 October 2020.
DiGeSt is an interdisciplinary and international journal hosted by Ghent University that accepts papers from authors working from all disciplinary backgrounds; including (though not limited to) gender and diversity studies, sociology, anthropology, empirical ethics, bioethics, feminist studies, psychology, political sciences and history. For more information contact the editors, Dr Ladan Rahbari & Dr Tina Goethals.

3. Call for Papers: 2020 IAFFE Annual Conference and Deadline Updates (April 6, 2020)
Call for Papers Deadline Extended - April 6, 2020
NOTE: There will be no additional extensions beyond April 6.
Coronavirus -- Please see the conference webpage for IAFFE's statement regarding the coronavirus.
Conference Updates:
Pre-Conference Lectures | June 24
(see conference webpage for more information)
11:00 -- “Un desafío económico: la sostenibilidad del cuidado”
(An Economic Challenge: The Sustainability of Care)
18:30 -- “Feminist Political Ecology and the Economics of Care”
(La ecología política feminista y la economía del cuidado)
Journal Publication Opportunities
(see link to Call for Papers on conference webpage)
IAFFE | Feminist Economics
Central Bank of Ecuador | Cuestiones Económicas
Universidad Central del Ecuador | Revista Economía
Post-Conference Field Trips | June 28
(see conference webpage -- English and Espańol descriptions)
2 price points | Cotocachi, Imbabura province
Women's Central Committee of the Union of Indigenous and
Campesino Organizations of Cotocachi (UNORCAC)
Lake Cuicocha | Otavalo artisan market | Cayambe | and more
More updates coming soon. Check beck on website.
4. Call for proposals: International Policy Ideas Challenge 2020 (April 17, 2020)
Global Affairs Canada, in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), is pleased to announce the fifth edition of the International Policy Ideas Challenge.  The objective of the program is to draw on the network of talented Canadian graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early-career civil society researchers to identify concrete, innovative solutions to emerging international policy challenges faced by Canada.
The program offers applicants a chance to test their skills at translating academic expertise into policy language and insights. Applicants are invited to submit brief proposals. Ten winners will be given several months to consult with Global Affairs Canada “client” divisions and further develop their proposals into longer policy briefs, which will then be presented to Government of Canada officials in a day-long Ideas Symposium, hosted by Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa in late Fall 2020.
The International Policy Ideas Challenge invites applications from graduate students (Master’s or PhD level) and post-doctoral fellows at a recognized Canadian post-secondary educational institution.
Researchers affiliated with a Canadian non-profit organization (e.g., a non-governmental organization or a think tank) who are within six years of graduation from a graduate program at a recognized post-secondary institution will also be considered.
Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
Indeterminate and term employees of the Government of Canada are not eligible to apply. Additionally, employees of Global Affairs Canada, including students and casuals, are not eligible to apply.
For team applications, only the lead researcher is expected to meet the above requirements. The lead researcher may engage collaborators, including those from other universities, to support the project.
Ten winning proposals will receive $3,000 each (regardless of whether the proposal is submitted by an individual or a team). The award will be provided upon the submission of the final brief and formal presentation at Global Affairs Canada. In addition to the award, a modest travel supplement will be provided for winners from outside the National Capital Region to facilitate the in-person participation of the lead researcher in the Ideas Symposium. Only the lead researcher is eligible for the monetary award and travel supplement.
Each proposal should outline a trend or dynamic affecting Canadian foreign policy that applicants believe needs additional study. Proposals should sketch out preliminary policy recommendations bridging at least two of the three policy areas under Global Affairs Canada’s mandate - foreign policy, trade, and international assistance. Preference will be for ideas that fall under one of the themes indicated below, however, proposals related to other emerging issues and trends affecting Canada’s international policy priorities will also be considered.
Protection of Canada’s interests internationally, within a global context of increasing social volatility and uncertainty related to contested multilateralism and to predicted future decades of environmental, economic, political, cultural, and technological upheaval.
Canadian-led or -supported international responses to technologies that have the potential to seriously disrupt economic, social, and security systems, including those connected to the decline of fact-based reasoning in public discourse and social media.
Canadian-led or -supported approaches that champion changes in power structures and social norms that address global gender inequality.
Harnessing knowledge and innovation, such as from science, technology and applied research, in order to ensure greater effectiveness of Canada’s international assistance.
Canadian-led or –supported approaches to promoting economic security in order to strengthen international peace and security.
Canadian-led or –supported approaches to address diplomatic and security issues (e.g. climate change and increased accessibility for commercial and government interests) among Arctic states to advance trust, peace, and stability in the region.
NOTE: The final product will take the form of a policy brief, not exceeding 4,500 words, and it must include a one-page executive summary and policy recommendations. The policy brief should be augmented with creative communication tool(s) to convey results (e.g., info-graphic, mapping, short video, or other). Winners will have the opportunity to consult on the development of their projects with relevant Global Affairs Canada divisions. The final briefs will be due in September 2020. Visit the International Policy Ideas Challenge 2019 - Challenge winners page to learn about past winners.
Proposal Requirements
Proposals should demonstrate your ability to present your idea comprehensively and succinctly, including by explaining how you will gather relevant evidence and conduct rigorous analysis that would allow you to develop policy recommendations in the final policy brief, if you are selected as one of the winners of the Challenge.
Proposals should:
explain why the issue should matter to policy makers and why additional study of the highlighted issue is required;
sketch out preliminary policy recommendations;
briefly describe the proposed methodology for gathering and evaluating evidence, drawing out original perspectives and innovative solutions;
identify which of the research themes listed above is being addressed in the proposal, or justify the choice of a different topic;
address the connections between at least two of the three policy areas under Global Affairs Canada’s mandate - foreign policy, trade, and international assistance;
identify potential constraints, trade-offs and implications for other Global Affairs Canada priorities;
where applicable, identify actors and locations implicated in the policy idea, such as an international organization(s), forum(s), partnership(s), and geographic location(s)/region(s) relevant to the successful implementation of the policy idea;
not exceed 750 words.
To Apply
To apply, please send the following items as PDF file attachments to
Proposal (not to exceed 750 words) signed by the lead researcher.
Please ensure that your proposal is saved as a separate PDF file and is not combined in the same file with other application materials. The lead applicant’s first and last names should be indicated in the upper right-hand corner of the proposal.
Curriculum Vitae for the lead researcher, including his/her/their contact information;
A transcript for the current or most recently completed graduate degree for the lead researcher;
One confidential letter of reference (academic or professional) from a supervisor familiar with the lead applicant’s research skills, to be sent directly by the referee to;
Biography of lead researcher and, if applicable, short biographies of collaborators.
Only complete applications will be assessed. Proposals will be evaluated by a Global Affairs Canada-led selection committee on a combination of quality, relevance, feasibility, and originality of the idea, as well as the capability and qualifications of the individual(s) to carry the idea to research and policy brief phases.
As part of the assessment process, shortlisted candidates may be interviewed by members of the selection committee. Only successful applicants will be contacted. The names of the winners will be announced on the Global Affairs Canada website by June 30, 2020.
If you have other questions about this call after reading the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), please send them to Please note however that Global Affairs Canada cannot provide personalized advice to applicants on their individual situations or the relevance of their research to the themes of the competition. We are only able to offer general clarification of the information contained in the call for proposals.
Process and Timeline
Description Date
Call for proposals launch February 2020
Application deadline April 17, 2020
Assessment of applications April-May 2020
Selection of the ten winning entries Late May 2020
Global Affairs Canada and SSHRC announce the winners June 2020
Virtual workshop for IPIC winners to discuss their projects with representatives of relevant Global Affairs Canada divisions Early June 2020
Policy briefs due End Sept 2020
½ day Prep Session for IPIC Winners Late Fall 2020
Ideas Symposium to present final research products to Government of Canada Officials at Global Affairs Canada Late Fall 2020
Global Affairs Canada is pleased to acknowledge the partnership of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in this initiative.5. Call for Papers for the International Symposium on Environmentally-Driven Migration: Improving the Evidence Base for Effective Policy Making (May 15, 2020)
Thematic Working Group on Environmental Change and Migration
Call for Papers for the International Symposium on Environmentally-Driven Migration:
Improving the Evidence Base for Effective Policy Making
Washington, D.C., 04 to 05 June 2020
Environmental change is one of the many reasons that prompt people to migrate or flee, but its
importance in these flows is rising as climate impacts are getting stronger. Simultaneously,
environmental change can also inhibit migration or lead governments to relocate households
away from affected areas. Despite the greatly improving evidence-base on these linkages over
the past three decades, several knowledge gaps persist that often relate to data challenges. It
remains necessary to improve knowledge and data to better map, understand, project, and
address environmental migration, displacement, and planned relocation. Analyses of
continuing data gaps and strategies for innovative data use are key to rise to the challenge.
At the same time, the topic is important to policy makers from different fields, including those
focusing on policies for disaster risk management, climate adaptation, development,
environment, urban planning, and migration. Governments are beginning to think through how
to manage the implications of these interconnections, but the translation of scientific insights
into coherent policy and action is still in its infancy. Evidence-based strategies are scarce. As
climate impacts and environmental degradation are multiplying worldwide, it remains a major
concern to improve the science-policy interface and to help states develop and implement
coherent approaches to the topic.
Against this backdrop, the Thematic Working Group on Migration and Environmental Change,
on behalf of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD),
is hosting an international symposium on environmental change and migration from 04-05 June
in Washington, D.C. KNOMAD is a global hub of knowledge and policy expertise on migration
and development issues.
The expert meeting will bring together leading scholars on data gaps, innovative data use, and
policy approaches to environmental change and migration to advance the research agenda and
move towards concrete policy development in this area. The symposium seeks to link to
important ongoing discussions in a variety of international fora, including those launched by
the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage (WIM) and the Platform on Disaster
Displacement (PDD).
Symposium Goals
● Discussing working papers on innovative approaches to data, identifying continuing gaps in data, discussing ways of sharing data,
● Providing advice to the Thematic Working Group on how KNOMAD could best further the knowledge base on environmental change and migration.
● Generating ideas for new data collection that the Thematic Working Group can promote and/or undertake itself in following years to better inform policy making.
Call for Proposals
The Thematic Working Group on Migration and Environmental Change, on behalf of
KNOMAD, seeks proposals for working papers (6,000-7,500 words) and research briefs
(2,000-3,000 words) that elucidate
1. gaps in survey and administrative data related to environmental change and migration with some country/regional case studies
2. metrics, data and research needed to address drivers of environmental displacement and to formulate policies to manage likely movements;
3. strategies and methodologies for use of innovative data—including social media, cellphone data and geo-spatial data—to learn more about drivers and impacts of environmental change and migration;
4. mechanisms for strengthening data on environmental migration patterns within and between developing countries;
5. evidence needed to determine if and how planned relocation should take place. Special attention will be given to concrete case studies; and
6. data needed to strengthen governance and legal frameworks to manage environmentally driven migration at the national level and improve mechanisms for international cooperation.
We especially encourage researchers from the Global South to submit proposals for working
papers or research briefs. Please note that the consultancy will not support new research.
The papers will be distributed widely, including for circulation at upcoming events, such as the
World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Conference of the Parties to the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Global Forum on Migration and Development,
meetings of the Task Force on Displacement and Platform on Disaster Displacement, and other
relevant venues. Best papers will be submitted for publishing in the KNOMAD Papers Series.
Drafts of the papers will serve as the starting point for discussion in the symposium. All papers
should be in English, using language that is accessible to policymakers and practitioners as well
as researchers.
Working papers should be between 6,000 and 7,500 words plus an Executive Summary and
Bibliography. Research briefs should be between 2,000-3,000 words, including an Abstract and
Timelines for completion of paper are:
Draft paper: 15 May 2020
Final paper: 31 December 2020
Proposal Format and Due Date
● Proposals should be no more than four pages, single spaced, Times New Roman, 12pt.
They should provide a brief summary of the paper to be produced under the consultancy,
an outline of the paper’s contents and a short bibliography.
● The proposal must also indicate the in-depth experience of the consultants that will enable
them to meet the short deadlines for these papers.
An honorarium of $3,000 will be offered to those invited to prepare full working papers, and
$1,000 for research briefs.
Please submit proposals no later than March 19th, 2020, to
Nadege Desiree Yameogo, Focal Point for the Thematic Working Group, KNOMAD
Secretariat at
The authors of research to be presented at the symposium will be notified by March 30, 2020.
Organized by
Chair: Susan Martin – Professor at Georgetown University (emerita)
Co-Chair: Kanta Kumari Rigaud – Lead Economist World Bank
Head of KNOMAD: Dilip Ratha – Lead Economist, World BankOPPORTUNITIES:
1.Funding Opportunity: Explore and Create- Research Creation
Research and Creation
The Research and Creation component of Explore and Create supports the initial stages of the creative process. Canadian artists, artistic groups and arts organizations can apply to develop and make creative works. Grants provide support for creative research, creation and project development.
You may be eligible for Application Assistance to pay someone to help you with the application process if you are experiencing difficulty and self-identify as:
• an artist who is Deaf, hard of hearing, has a disability or is living with a mental illness
• a First Nations, Inuit or Métis artist facing language, geographic and/or cultural barriers.
Grant type – project
Deadline(s) and notification of results – Consult the Deadlines and Notifications of Results page
Grant amount – up to $25 000 per year, to a maximum of $50 000 over 2 years (see below).
Most grants are no more than $25 000. Higher amounts are exceptionally awarded to projects that extend beyond 12 months.
Application limits – you can apply to this component twice per year (1 March – 28/29 February)
If you currently hold a Concept to Realization composite grant, you cannot apply for a Research and Creation project that overlaps in time with the composite grant.
There are limits on the number of applications you can submit to the Canada Council for the Arts per year.
I want to apply – What else do I need to know?
If you have not already done so, you must register in the portal at least 30 days before you want to apply.
Applicants - Who can apply?
Types of potential applicants to this component include:
• artists, curators and writers
• artistic groups and collectives
• artistic organizations
Your eligibility to apply to this component is determined by the validated profile created in the portal.
Organizations presently receiving core (operating) grants cannot apply to this component.
For individuals only: you may be considered for prizes based on information submitted with your application and your applicant profile. If you do not want to be considered for prizes, email with OPT OUT in the subject line.
Activities - What can I apply for?
• Creative research
• Creation
• Project development, including residencies
Projects involving production and/or post-production of a final work must apply to Concept to Realization.
You can’t apply for activities that occur before your project start date, those that receive funding from another Canada Council program or those on the general list of ineligible activities. Please note that activities that are carried out to satisfy the course requirements of an educational institution are not eligible.
When determining your project start date, individuals should be aware that according to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), expenses incurred in the year immediately before a grant is received are only deductible from the grant if they are incurred after the artist has received notification that the grant will be paid. For more information about income taxes and your grant, please refer to our website.
Expenses - What is eligible?
• Direct costs related to the activity, including subsistence/lead creator fee.
Assessment - How are decisions made?
Your application to the Research and Creation component of Explore and Create will be assessed by a peer assessment committee representing a discipline or group of disciplines on the following weighted criteria, and must receive a minimum score in each category to be considered for a grant:
Artistic Merit 50% (minimum score of 35 out of 50)
• The artistic quality of your work
• The artistic rationale for your project
• The potential artistic outcomes
Impact 30% (minimum score of 15 out of 30)
The potential of the project to:
• contribute to your or your group’s artistic development
• advance artistic practice
Feasibility 20% (minimum score of 10 out of 20)
• Your capacity and experience to undertake the project
• A reasonable budget, including the ability to provide adequate working conditions
Required information and support material - What you need to apply
Once registered in the portal, you will need to provide information about:
• your project and its potential impact
• the  key artist(s) leading the project
• artist fees and safe working conditions
• your timeline
• your budget
• the partners or host organizations (for residencies)
You will also need to include:
• a recent sample of your previous work(s) or the work-in-progress, if applicable
• biographies and letters of confirmation from collaborators, if any
Grant payment and final reports
If your application is successful, the first step in receiving your grant payment is to complete the Grant Acceptance Form. Click here for more information on the responsibilities of grant recipients.
A final report will be due 3 months after you complete the project.
Contact information
You are encouraged to speak with a Canada Council Program Officer before submitting an application to this component for the first time.
PREVIEW: Application Form
This is not an official application form. You must use the portal to apply.
Use simple text formatting if you prepare your application outside of the portal. Formatted text uses additional characters, and some formatting may be lost when copied over.
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1. Give your application a name. (approximately 10 words)
The name you provide is for your reference and will identify this grant application in your dashboard.
2. For groups and organizations, provide the name of the contact person responsible for this application.
3. Project start date
This date must be after the date you submit your application.
4. Project end date
5. What art form(s), style(s), genre(s) and/or expression(s) are most relevant to this application? (approximately 25 words)
Some examples include: hip hop, experimental music, theatre for young audiences, poetry, graphic novel, throat singing, documentary film, fine craft, new media, circus aerial acrobatics, transdisciplinary arts, Deaf theatre.
This information helps the Canada Council collect examples of art forms and practices in Canada and will not be used for assessing your application.
6. Describe your project. Explain the inspiration for your project or why you wish to undertake it at this time. (approximately 750 words)
Include information on the key artists you will be working with, if applicable.
7. Briefly outline your project plan, including timeline. (approximately 250 words)
Identify key steps and the dates for their completion.
8. How will this project: (approximately 500 words)
• contribute to your, or your group’s, artistic development?
• advance artistic practice?
Consider the following questions, as applicable: What types of artistic risks will you be taking? Are you exploring a traditional artistic practice in a new way? Will you be using technology or a venue in an innovative way? Does the project involve other areas of artistic exploration or innovation?
9. If you are hiring artists, explain how you determine the fees to be paid. (approximately 250 words)
If you are hiring artists, you must pay professional artist fees. This may be governed by industry standards or union rates.
10. If applicable, how will you ensure safe working conditions for those involved in this project?  (approximately 100 words)
11. If your proposed activity touches upon Indigenous traditional knowledge, linguistic or cultural intellectual property, please describe your relationship to this content and how appropriate protocols are/will be observed or addressed. (approximately 100 words)
12. If you were selected to participate in a residency, describe how the residency will contribute to the successful completion of your project. Also describe the registration process, the selection process and whether or not you have been officially accepted.  (approximately 250 words)
13. If there is anything that has not been asked that is essential to understanding your application, provide it here. (approximately 250 words)
You may wish to explain specific requirements related to your artistic practice or the regional context in which you work, for example.
Do not use this space to provide additional information related to earlier questions.
14. Provide a one-sentence summary of your project. If possible, use the format ACTIVITY, EVENT (if relevant) and DATES. (approximately 25 words)
For example, “To research the history of Black communities in Cape Breton and write the first draft of a play from month/year to month/year.”
This summary will be used in the Canada Council’s official reporting.
15. If you have applied to a different component for overlapping activities or expenses, please indicate the component and submission date. (approximately 10 words)
16. Complete the Budget document.
17. Grant amount requested
Up to $25 000 per year, to a maximum of $50 000 over 2 years (see below).
Most grants are no more than $25 000. Higher amounts are exceptionally awarded to projects that extend beyond 12 months.
This amount must match the requested amount in your completed budget. Do not include expenses that are not eligible in this component.
If successful, you might not be awarded the full amount requested.
18. For residencies, attach a screenshot of a website page or a copy of a letter/email that indicates what the host or partner is providing to support your project.
19. If your project involves artistic collaborators, provide their biographies and an agreement or a letter/email that indicates confirmation of their participation. If your project involves community partners, provide a letter/email that indicates confirmation of their involvement.
20. You must submit at least 1 item of support material.
Support material should be your current work/activities with a relationship or relevance to the grant application; it may also include the work/activities of other key artists or partners. You may choose to include earlier work/ activities to provide a context for your application.
Assessment committee members are instructed to view as much material as they need in order to make an informed decision; generally this is up to 10 minutes.
2. Funding Opportunity: Healthy Cities Implementation Science Team Grants
The Healthy Cities Implementation Science Team Grants, anticipated to launch in the next few months, are focused on the interdisciplinary field of implementation science, which studies different methods and strategies to promote the successful adoption, integration and scale-up and out of evidence-based interventions. CIHR is looking to support research on what works in which urban contexts, for whom, how and why. Successful implementation of solutions that have a positive impact on health, well-being and health equity remains a substantial challenge in healthy cities research, and this opportunity aims to support the implementation of evidence-based interventions across various real-world settings that will improve the health of Canadians.
The team grants will have six areas of focus: 1) healthcare systems, services and policies; 2) healthy aging; 3) musculoskeletal health (including skin and oral health); 4) population and public health; 5) type 2 diabetes; and 6) urban Indigenous health. For each area of focus, there will be one grant available of up to $3 million each over 6 years. Teams will be expected to identify an intervention that has already been successfully piloted and plan an ambitious research project to study the roll-out of that (or a similar) intervention in a minimum of two Canadian municipalities using an implementation science approach. As for the application process, there will be two stages: a Letter-of-Intent (LOI) stage and a full application stage. Principal applicants at the LOI stage must include two scientific leads who, combined, have expertise in implementation science and their chosen thematic area, as well as one knowledge user representing at least one municipality involved in the project. In addition to the principal applicants, there must be two co-applicants at the LOI stage: an early career researcher, and a sex and gender champion.
In order to facilitate the building of the teams that will be necessary to undertake this type of implementation science research, CIHR has created the HCRI linkage tool. Researchers, implementers, community organizations, municipalities and more can use this tool to indicate their area of work and their interest in participating in the development of team grant proposals. CIHR has developed this tool to make it easier for interested researchers and municipalities to connect, enabling a more efficient building of teams. If you are interested in applying for this grant, we highly recommend you use the HCRI linkage tool to look at potential co-applicant/collaborators, and/or register to include your own information.
Up to $3M over 6 years
Application Procedure
Phase 1: Letter of Intent – TBA
Phase 2: Full Application – TBA
York University Internal Process
Once CIHR officially launches the program, York will circulate the dates for internal deadlines. However, if you are interested in this opportunity, we highly recommend you to notify your Faculty Research Office and the Office of Research Services (Diana Frasca – as soon as possible.
3. Funding Opportunity: Ontario HIV Treatment Network - The Endgame Program (March 20, 2020)
The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) recently announced several funding opportunities available through its HIV Endgame Program.  This Program supports Ontario investigators and multidisciplinary teams who take evidence-based approaches in their work to create and improve the health and lives of those most affected by HIV.    Please see below for further details
The Endgame Program funds groundwork to support the design, implementation, improvement, and scale-up of programs and services that move Ontario closer to reaching the HIV endgame. The program supports data, evidence-sharing, and impact activities that will:
meet the needs of populations in Ontario most affected by HIV
drive changes in policy and practice across the HIV prevention, engagement, and care cascade
lead to more integrated health and social services
identify effective ways to address the social determinants of health for communities most affected by HIV
contribute to a rapid learning HIV health and social system
The following funding opportunities fall under the Endgame Program:
ENDGAME LEADER AWARDS provide salary support for leaders at different stages of their careers who are interested in working with the OHTN to drive change. The main goal is to provide strategic support for outstanding innovators and problem solvers who will make a difference, contribute to rapid learning and improvement and build HIV innovation capacity in Ontario.  OHTN funds a range of different leaders awards in the following five categories:
Chair Award is for an individual with an excellent and relevant program of data, evidence-sharing and impact that aims to close gaps in HIV prevention, testing and diagnosis, engagement in care and/or achievement of viral suppression. Chair recipients will drive change in Ontario by working with defined populations of people affected by HIV. Their data, evidence-sharing and impact activities should uncover gaps and identify solutions, and/or examine interventions at multiple points on the cascade.
Innovator Award is for outstanding mid-career and senior innovators who have already secured project funds from their institutions, organizations or other funding bodies, and who are seeking salary support/time release to focus on projects relevant to at least one of the areas of rapid learning and improvement (please see the application guidelines for more details).  Their work will focus on projects that fill HIV prevention and care knowledge gaps or evaluate interventions to improve programs and services.
Junior Investigator Award is for emergent leaders in HIV inquiry, including current post-doctoral fellows who are preparing to establish a HIV program of data, evidence-sharing and impact.
Chair Award - $75K
Innovator Award - $50K
Junior Investigator Award - $40K
Up to 3 years
GAME CHANGER AWARDS provide project funding to generate game-changing knowledge, pilot and scale-up game-changing interventions.  This award includes two funding options:
A.    Breaking new ground awards funds innovative, high reward projects that will break new ground and build evidence and programs to dramatically improve the prevention, treatment, care cascade in Ontario.  This funding stream will support the piloting, evaluation, or scale up of HIV interventions.
B.    Implementation science awards funds the development of sustainable, effective HIV programs and services.  The goal is to promote the utilization and adoption of evidence-based HIV interventions; support the planning, execution and implementation of HIV interventions using appropriate implementation science methodologies;     and improve HIV programs and services by cultivating regular uptake of evidence-based practice.  This funding stream will support implementation science initiatives that will contribute to a rapid learning system for HIV.
Breaking New Ground Awards - $50K to $150K/year
Implementation Science Awards - $150K to $250K/year
Breaking New Ground Awards – Up to 2 years
Implementation Science Awards – Up to 3 years
Letter of Intent (LOI) due at ORS – March 20, 2020
LOI due at agency – April 3, 2020 by 5:00pm EST
Full Application due at ORS – June 1, 2020
Full Application due at agency (by invitation only) – June 15, 2020 by 5:00pm EST
For further information on the Endgame Program and how to apply to the various funding opportunities, please consult the following link:
York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Chair’s and Dean’s signatures.  To ensure that the approved application is ready by the agency deadline, a complete application folder must be submitted to the ORS ten (10) working days prior to final submission date.

4.Job Opportunity: Director, Centre for Student Equity and Inclusion at Queen's University (March 22, 2020)
Director, Centre for Student Equity and Inclusion
Competition Number:J0919-1038
Position Title:Director, Centre for Student Equity and Inclusion
Employee Group:Support Staff
Job Category:Academic Support and Student Services
Department or Area:Division of Student Affairs
Location:Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Hours per Week:35
Job Type:Permanent (Continuing)
Shift:7 Monday - Friday
Number Of Positions:1
Date Posted:March 2, 2020
Closing Date:March 22, 2020
About Queen's University
Queen’s University is the Canadian research intensive university with a transformative student learning experience. Here the employment experience is as diverse as it is interesting. We have opportunities in multiple areas of globally recognized research, faculty administration, engineering & construction, athletics & recreation, power generation, corporate shared services, and many more.
We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of Canadian society.
Come work with us!
Job Summary
The Yellow House, Centre for Student Equity and Inclusion (the Centre) is dedicated to enhancing the development and wellbeing of the Queen’s equity seeking community and supporting initiatives to recruit and retain racialized and equity seeking students at Queen’s. Reporting to the Assistant Dean, Student Life and Learning and working closely with the Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) and the Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion), the Director is responsible for all operational activities and leads the development of programs, activities and services dedicated to supporting the university’s equity seeking student communities.
The Director will serve as a resource for students and student groups, on all aspects of equity and inclusion to promote a welcoming environment for everyone at Queen’s. The Director provides leadership in bridging the needs of equity seeking groups and the supports the university has to offer. Responsibilities include operational and staff management of the Centre as well as collaborations and consultations with leaders across the University to embed equity seeking practices and principles of inclusion.
The Director plays a significant role in the University’s efforts to enhance Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, contributing to our vision to support and engage students by connecting them with university resources as well as advocating to find solutions that address barriers and gaps to student success.
Non-traditional hours, including evening and/or weekend commitments and some travel are required.
Job Description
• Develops and implements a comprehensive strategic approach to support the University’s objective of creating an inclusive and welcoming campus community for students. Plays a lead role in developing and coordinating university wide strategies to address systemic barriers to inclusion for equity seeking students and ensures they align with the vision and priorities of the Human Rights and Equity Office and the Division of Student Affairs.
• Oversees the operation of the Centre as a central campus resource for equity seeking groups. This includes directing and developing services, such as student mentoring and advising, and establishing programming and special events for equity seeking and racialized groups.
• Develops and implements policies and procedures that ensure high-quality, consistent and accessible services for a diverse student population.
• Networks and collaborates with diverse staff, faculty, student organizations and departments within Student Affairs and across the University, to build inclusivity, foster partnerships, promote programs and services, encourage student personal and academic success and foster inclusivity within the broader learning environment
• Builds relationships with the executive members of student clubs located in the Centre. Provides mentorship and support for these groups, facilitating a harmonious and welcoming environment.
• Leads outreach initiatives with external partners including national, provincial and local networks, community and joint projects that strengthen equity and inclusion across campus, and support leaders from equity seeking and racialized groups.
• Represents the Centre, at University-wide committees, such as the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE).
• Maintains current knowledge of emerging student needs in the realm of equity and inclusion, and best practices in structuring and delivering programs and services for equity seeking and racialized students.
• Advocate for students who experiences instances of inequity and exclusion inside or outside of the classroom, making appropriate referrals to existing services, and supports.
Financial Management:
• Develops, oversees, and presents the budget for the Centre.
• Analyzes and monitors budgets and ensures budgetary control procedures are followed.
• Identifies funding, revenue generating, and sponsorship opportunities to resource new or existing programs.
• Where appropriate, develops and drafts funding proposals for multiple potential donors and sponsors; manages funds received as a result of successful proposals.
Management responsibilities:
• Plans, prioritizes and manages the work of employees, providing strategic and tactical advice, guidance and coaching. Identifies the need for staff resources, participates on staffing committees, and makes effective recommendations regarding employee selection.
• Manages employee performance by establishing performance standards, reviewing and evaluating performance and conducting formal performance reviews on an ongoing basis.
• Assesses staff training and development needs and ensures that employees receive training required to improve and sustain successful performance.
• Investigates, addresses and resolves employee/labour relations issues, including making decisions regarding disciplinary and discharge matters.
Program Management:
• Oversees the development, organization, scheduling, delivery, and evaluation of any applicable training and education programs and services offered to students.
• Oversees the development of marketing and communications plans for the Centre and its programs and services, including approving appropriate promotional materials for internal and external audiences.
• Oversees the development of resources connecting racialized and equity seeking students to services and opportunities.
• Oversees that design and implementation of program evaluation and assessment plans.
• Prepares annual reports (narrative and statistical) for internal and external audiences.
• University degree in a field related to the aspects of the position, such as Education, Social Sciences or Policy Studies. A graduate degree is preferred.
• Five - eight years of experience implementing complex initiatives related to equity and inclusion education, including the initiation, fostering and preparation of funding proposals.
• Direct in-depth knowledge of the racialized community and equity seeking groups in Canada, including their histories, traditions, knowledge systems and contemporary issues.
• Demonstrated experience leading a professional team with full human resources accountabilities, ideally in a unionized environment; experience developing and leading a diverse, intercultural team.
• Demonstrated experience with strategic planning, budgeting, program development and evaluation.
• Demonstrated professional experience or academic work in student affairs, student development, education or a related field. Previous experience working in a post-secondary institution is an asset.
• Must be of a member of a racialized or minority group in Canada.
• Consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Demonstrated in depth understanding of analytically complex dimensions of anti-oppression/equity theory including attentiveness to intersections of race, religion, Indigeneity, disability, gender and sexual identities, socioeconomic status, international status, etc.
• Ability to analyze complex situations and determine appropriate course of action to reach a resolution, using advanced analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, able to influence outcomes and build cooperation from diverse stakeholders. Able to communicate sensitive and complex information to a wide variety of audiences.
• A successful track record in managing complex programs and initiatives, and the ability to meet strategic, financial, and operational goals.
• Sound professional judgement and existing networks with various equity seeking communities and the ability to foster strong community support for equity, inclusion and anti-racism at Queen’s.
• Ability to work with diverse student body committed to anti-oppression and decolonization.
• Resourcefulness, creativity, and initiative with respect to program design and delivery.
• Excellent project management and planning skills.
• Makes recommendations to the Assistant Dean, Student Life and Learning, and/or Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) and/or the Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion) regarding issues that impact the experience of students from equity seeking groups.
• Determines when and how to consult with a variety of stakeholders to develop strategic priorities, programming, initiatives and policies for the Centre.
• Through analysis and observation, determines appropriate policies and procedures and decides how modifications should be proposed and implemented, if necessary
• Determines when situations warrant consultation with the Assistant Dean, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) and/or the Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion).
• Makes daily operational decisions and resolves administrative problems. Determines allocation of work and resources to ensure smooth delivery of services and program and efficient operation of the Centre.
• Determines the budget for The Centre programming, services and operations; monitors the budget and makes spending decisions.
• Determines when exceptions to policies and regulations are appropriate based on individual student situations and advocates on behalf of students for appropriate resolution of issues.
Employment Equity and Accessibility Statement
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources at

5.Job Opportunity:Associate Professor/School Director Social Work - Faculty of Human and Social Development at University of Victoria (March 31, 2020)

Associate Professor/School Director
Social Work - Faculty of Human and Social Development
We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.
The School of Social Work (SOCW) is part of the Faculty of Human and Social Development (HSD), including the Schools of Health Information Science, Public Administration, Public Health & Social Policy, Child and Youth Care, and Nursing and the Indigenous Governance Program. HSD is home to diverse community of faculty, staff and students. We have a long history of local and global leadership in community-engaged research, Indigenous scholarship, community and government partnerships, and innovative graduate and undergraduate programs. Our graduates attain academic credentials and/or professional qualifications to engage in important intellectual and practical work across a diverse array of research, policy, practice and leadership contexts. Additionally, UVic is home to the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) and the Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest (IMN-PN).
SOCW offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and graduate programs (MSWF, MSWA, MSWI) that emphasize social justice, Indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches to working with communities, families and individuals. All of our programs are fully accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. Students learn in a supportive on-campus and online environment that promotes equity, respect, responsibility, curiosity, collaboration, risk-taking and creativity. Social Work faculty and staff are committed to decolonizing, anti-racist and anti-oppressive research, education and practice. Faculty are involved in local, national, and international research.
We invite applications for Director and Associate Professor with tenure or eligibility for tenure to join our vibrant and diverse academic community. The preferred start date for this position is July 1, 2020.
The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate, a minimum of two years post degree in Social Work (BSW or MSW) and research and practice that has made a substantial contribution in advancing social justice. Candidates are asked to outline their demonstrated abilities to build collaborative and respectful relationships in an academic unit or related community-based setting. They should describe their applied experience in a directorship (or similar/relevant role) as it relates to the Director’s administrative responsibilities, including supervising, advising, and mentoring faculty members and staff to enhance their contributions to the advancement of the School’s vision and goals.
Their approach to leadership will reflect decolonial ethics and demonstrated commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppressive practices in the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and practice. Candidates should have experience managing research programs and promoting research in a range of scholarly, community and policy-based venues and an established record of externally funded research and scholarly publications commensurate at the rank Associate Professor with tenure. They will be able to demonstrate involvement in graduate student supervision and teaching experience in decolonizing, anti-racist and anti-oppressive pedagogies.
In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code this position will be treated as a preferential hire. Preference will be given to Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities and person’s of a visible minority. Candidates from these groups who wish to qualify for preferential consideration must self-identify.
We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to,
First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities;
persons who identify as women; and
persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
Additional information
The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It’s different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what’s next—for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself.
Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Contact information
To be considered, please send a cover letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements, along with a curriculum vitae, evidence of leadership, research (including up to 3 sample publications), teaching skills (such as syllabi and teaching statements), statement of diversity knowledge, experience, and skills, and contact information for three references, addressed (via email) to the Associate Dean, Academic In order to be considered, applications must be received by March 31st 2020. Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.
Application deadline
March 31, 2020
Equity statement
UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here:
The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.
Persons who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.
6.Funding Opportunity: Global Health Seed Grant at YorkU (April 3, 2020)
Dear York University Research Community,
I am writing to you from the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, a research unit at York University. Led by Dr. James Orbinski, we are dedicated to addressing 21st century global health challenges.
The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research is accepting applications for the Seed Grant in Critical Perspectives in Global Health. Five grants worth $5,000 CAD each will be awarded. Faculty from all departments and units at York University are encouraged to apply.
Through this grant, the Dahdaleh Institute seeks to enable and support a critical social science with global public health. This means engaging directly with global public health actors, objects, and systems to transform global public health, while remaining committed to social science theory and methodology.
Details & Application
Application Deadline
Friday, 3 April 2020
The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research has carefully considered the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on all our activities and determined that we can move forward with this initiative. We are paying very close attention to the situation, while continuing to engage with a constellation of pressing global health issues which demand dedicated response. You can read our statement on COVID-19 here.
We ask you to join us in maintaining the long-view. Apply to the seed grant and share this information with members of your research community at York, so that we can all continue the work of shaping a more socially just global health.
7.Funding Opportunity: NSERC EWR Memorial Steacie Fellowship (April 10, 2020)
NSERC’s E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships are awarded to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising university faculty who are earning a strong international reputation for original research. For further context, potential applicants and/or nominators are encouraged to view past winners.
Please note that this year’s competition has changed significantly from previous years. Self-nominations are now permitted, which, along with changes in the evaluation and eligibility criteria, are designed to promote equity, diversity and inclusion. Please see the attached memo for further details on how equity, diversity and inclusion will be taken into account in the internal nomination process.
Every year, NSERC awards up to six Steacie Fellowships that are held for a two-year period. Successful fellows are relieved of teaching and administrative duties, so that they can devote all their time and energy to research. The Fellowships are held at a Canadian university or affiliated research institution.
Each fellow receives a research grant of $250,000 over two years. Research grant funds paid to winners of this prize are subject to the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide.
The Fellowship normally also includes a contribution of $90,000 per year to the university toward the fellow's salary. As part of the Fellowship agreement, the university is expected to fund a replacement for the fellow's teaching and administrative responsibilities. Should the recipient of the Fellowship already hold another federal award that has a salary component, such as a Canada Research Chair or an Industrial Research Chair, NSERC will reduce the contribution to the university accordingly.
Nominees should be an early career researcher, defined as holding an independent academic position for 10 year or less as of June 1 of the year of the competition (June 1, 2010 or later for this year’s competition) and hold a grant from NSERC. This has changed from previous rounds, where eligibility was determined by time from Ph.D. The eligibility window is adjusted to take into account eligible delays in research such as parental leave, bereavement or illness. These delays must be identified in the Personal Data Form (Form 100) and the impacts of the research delay should be full described.
The research of the nominee must be primarily based in the fields of the natural sciences and/or engineering.
Evaluation criteria
Submissions to NSERC will be reviewed by a selection committee of distinguished academic, government and industry representatives from a variety of disciplines according to the following new criteria:
• Research achievement and impact (40%)
• Outreach, mentorship and leadership (30%)
• Future research directions (30%)
Internal Nomination Process
• Faculties are asked to submit nominations for review by the Major Awards Advisory Committee (MAAC). There is no limit as to the number of nominations that Faculties may bring forward.
• The MAAC will review nominations and provide feedback to nominees and advice to inform institutional decision making on which nominations are likely to succeed.
• Abby Vogus, SIRI Specialist, Office of Research Services, will work with nominees, to prepare final documentation for submission.
Relevant Deadlines
April 10, 2020 Faculties submit internal nominations to VPRI
Late April MAAC Review
Late April VPRI decisions and feedback provided to nominees
June 2 Final submission to ORS
June 5 (June 7 is a Sunday) NSERC deadline
For more information please contact your Faculty Research Officer or Abby Vogus, SIRI Specialist, Office of Research Services,, ext. 44670.8. Funding Opportunity: Canada Council for the Arts - 2021 Killam Research Fellowships Competition (June 1, 2020)
The Canada Council for the Arts recently launched the 2021 Killam Research Fellowships competition.  A summary is provided below.
To support outstanding scholars (normally full professors at Canadian universities and research institutes) to carry out groundbreaking projects in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering and studies linking any of the disciplines.
Killam Research Fellowships provide two years of release time from teaching and administrative duties to individual scholars who wish to pursue independent research. The fellowships are awarded to individuals, but the funds are paid to and administered by universities or research institutes.  Please note that this award is not intended as a subsidy for the overall research or teaching program of a department, institute or centre, and it is not offered for work undertaken as part of a degree program.  An individual may win this award only once.
NEW this year
New application deadline of June 1, 2020
The Canada Council is no longer using the Common CV (CCV).  Please be sure to upload an updated curriculum vitae under the appropriate field listed within the ‘Attachments’ section
You must make arrangements with 3 Canadian or foreign specialists (Referees), who can assess your application to the Killam Research Fellowship Program and invite them to each submit a letter directly to the Canada Council for the Arts no later than the application deadline of 1 June 2020.  Referees must send their letter to the following email address: Please note, it is your responsibility to ensure that the referees receive your project information and assessment criteria in order to provide their review letter.  It is also your responsibility, and to the benefit of your proposal, to ensure they submit their letters by or before the application deadline.
Killam Research Fellowships provide release time and are valued at $70,000 per year for a two year period. The funds are paid to the university or research institution which employs the Fellow.  Fellowship recipients must obtain support for research and laboratory costs from other sources.  The university or research institution that employs the Killam Research Fellow is expected to relieve the researcher of all teaching and administrative responsibilities, and to continue to pay the Fellow’s full salary and benefits during the full tenure of the fellowship. The fellowship funds assist the university or research institution in defraying the costs of replacing the Fellow, and in paying the Fellow’s salary and benefits during the two-year fellowship period.
Required Overhead
Two full years
ORS deadline to provide a full review of your application – Friday May 15, 2020
ORS final deadline – Thursday May 28, 2020 by 9:00am
Agency deadline – Monday June 1, 2020
NOTE: Please submit a hardcopy of your application and ORS checklist to the Office of Research Services (ORS) AND submit your application through the Killam online portal by Thursday, May 28th 2020, 9:00am, so that ORS can electronically approve your application and mail your paper format documents to the agency by the Monday,  June 1st h 2020 deadline.
Paper format documents include:
•        The cover letter (signed).  The cover letter can only be generated/printed after you have electronically submitted your application through the Killam online portal.
•        For permanent residents only, evidence of your intention to stay in Canada after the period covered by the award. If you are a permanent resident, you must present a confirmation from your university or research institute that you have a firm appointment.
For complete information on the Killam Research Fellowship, please consult Canada Council's web site at:
York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Chair’s and Dean’s signatures.  To ensure that the approved application is ready by the agency deadline, a complete application folder must be submitted to the ORS ten (10) working days prior to the final agency deadline.

Centre For Feminist Research
Kaneff Tower
York University
Phone: 416-736-5915