BIG Fellowships

Mentorship and training are core parts of our research program. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars are engaged in all aspects of our research activities and will be individually mentored by an academic partner within our network. BIG Fellows will participate monthly student seminars designed to foster team building and provide training in collaborative research. Additionally, Fellows will have access to an annual open-access introductory course that will develop a common theoretical and transdisciplinary methodological foundation on borders and border studies. Finally, Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in a number of knowledge mobilization activities ranging from traditional publications to podcast participation to writing blogs and using social media. Each Fellow will have their own project that fits within the overall BIG research agenda and will be required to submit a final report at the end of their fellowship.

Types of Fellowships

Undergraduate Fellows

Undergraduate students will work directly with their supervisors, as well as within the larger fellowship cohort. Typically, undergraduate fellows will be asked to work on data collection and data entry, assist with data analysis and literature reviews, participate in outreach activities, and collaborate on the preparation of publications.

Masters Fellows

Masters students will work directly with their supervisors, as well as within the larger fellowship cohort. They may be asked to work independently on data collection, data collection, data analysis, and literature reviews. In addition to what is asked of undergrad fellows, masters fellows may participate in presentations, networking activities, and partner collaborations.

Doctoral Fellows

Doctoral students will work directly with their supervisors and will take a mentorship role within the larger fellowship cohort. They will be asked to participate in all aspects of the research program and may be asked to lead a team of student researcher. In addition to their involvement in the knowledge mobilization aspects of the research agenda, doctoral fellows will also participate in aspects of project design and report writing/edited.

Post-Doc Fellows

Post-Doc Fellows will work directly with their supervisors and will take a mentorship role within the larger fellowship cohort. They will be asked to take ownership of a core project within the BIG network and/or be required to produce a major publication. All post-doc fellowships are specifically designed to the current needs of the project and our capacities to mentor. Please see the opportunities page for current postings.

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Post-Doctoral Fellow

POSITION SUMMARY: The University of Victoria invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Borders Studies at the School of Public Administration and the Centre for Global Studies under the supervision of Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly. BIG Fellowships provide individuals the opportunity to be integrated into an international network of scholars. Job responsibilities focus around the coordination and management of the BIG Database and Jean Monnet Network database projects including: coordinating the research team of undergraduate and graduate level research assistants, updating the database codebooks, managing the database software, and reviewing, editing, and contributing to publications associated with the database project. Other duties may include: teaching online courses and organizing conferences, workshops, seminars, and summer schools. 

-PhD in Social Sciences or Humanities, with a dissertation written in English
-Familiarity with Border Studies, border literatures, and/or related disciplines
-Experience and competency using MyQSL software
-Experience editing or reviewing publications
-Comfort working with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies
-Effective oral and written communication skills
-Excellent interpersonal skills
-Demonstrated research productivity (peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations)
-Ability to work autonomously and take a lead role on projects under the supervision of the principal investigators and project manager.
-Previous experience working on database construction is considered an asset

-The position is full time for one year. Start date is negotiable but no later than January 9th, 2023.  
-We offer a three-month probationary salary of $40,000 per year. Following the successful completion of the probationary period, the salary increases to $45,000 per year.
-The successful candidate will be provided shared office space at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send all material to [email protected] addressed to Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly with “Post-Doc Fellow Application in the subject line.

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: