Please find below the most recent research/study opportunities sent to the English Department
Funding is available to support you while participating in academic travel and international experiences:
PhD in Education: Digital Device Practices and Policies in Quebec and Ontario K-12 Schools for Learning and Living (funded)
Joint Ph.D. Program in English and Education at the University of Michigan
Whether your interests are in rhetoric, composition, literacy studies, or English education, this interdisciplinary PhD program brings together the best of research, scholarship, and pedagogy from across the university to offer a rich and satisfying doctoral experience.
Among our strengths, we offer top-flight resources, a supportive and engaging community of scholars, and the flexibility for students to craft a program centered on their individual interests. Our joint association between the Department of English and the School of Education allows students to gain a particularly strong base in rhetoric and composition theory as well as practical experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Student interests have included rhetorical theory, literacy studies, feminist theory, new media composition, disability studies, queer theory, applied linguistics, English language studies, ethnic studies, creative writing studies, and writing assessment. All students have the opportunity to pursue research projects collaboratively with faculty, including social justice- and activist-oriented research, in addition to individual dissertation research.
All students are guaranteed five years of full funding, and there is additional support for conference travel, research projects, and summer research and writing. To date, we have 100% placement for graduates who have chosen to pursue tenure-track faculty positions in education and English departments in colleges and universities; program graduates also sometimes choose to pursue opportunities in educational nonprofits, school districts, and government-sponsored agencies
To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit our Prospective Students pages.
Azrieli Fellows Program
Submission deadline: December 7th, 2017
Azrieli Fellows Program
Israel has long been on the cutting edge of research and development in many fields. In a country of limited natural resources, Israel's scientists, scholars and creators have successfully devised innovative approaches to both pressing and long-term problems. The exceptional international reputation of Israeli researchers is well-deserved: history and geography have made Israelis adept at identifying problems, finding solutions, and quickly turning ideas into reality.
In recent years, budgetary constraints and a decrease in the resources available to Israeli academics have created a new kind of challenge for Israel's vibrant academic and research community: how to keep Israel's brightest young minds from leaving the country in search of greener pastures.
The Azrieli Foundation’s competitive and prestigious Azrieli Fellows Program aims to meet this challenge by providing generous financial support to the best and brightest researchers at Israeli universities, creating the necessary conditions for them to focus on successful and uninterrupted research. The goal of the Azrieli Fellows Program is to create a cadre of leading professionals and academics who will increase the pool of technological and scholarly human resources in Israel, and raise Israel's profile internationally by maintaining strong ties between Israel and the rest of the world.
Azrieli Fellowships are granted annually to Israeli graduate students in the fields of Interdisciplinary and Applied Sciences, Education and Architecture & Urban Planning. Fellowships are also awarded to Canadian postdoctoral researchers undertaking research in various fields at Israel's universities. The fellowships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit and other exceptional personal achievements, regardless of race, religion, gender, age or ethnicity.
The program's candidates are assessed by independent selection committees, consisting of experts who are qualified to judge candidates’ past academic achievements, personal merit, leadership skills, and potential for making significant contributions to each of the fields of research. The Azrieli Fellows selection process is transparent, and members of the committees are required to act independently of any institutional considerations.
The Azrieli Fellows Program provides unique opportunities for Fellows to expand their academic horizons and give back to the community. One of the unique aspects of the program is the forum it provides for Fellows to exchange ideas with their peers and with experts in relevant fields of knowledge, through organized activities and seminars that take place over the course of the academic year.
In addition, extra funding is provided so that Fellows may engage in complementary research activities abroad. In parallel, and as an integral part of the program, Azrieli Fellows are required to volunteer their time and know-how to social and educational projects.
Within the next three years, the Azrieli Fellows Program will support a steady state of approximately 90 Fellows per year, including graduate students from Israel, postdoctoral researchers from abroad, and young faculty.
City of Kitchener Artist in Residence Program
About the 2017 call for proposals (now open)
The City of Kitchener artist in residence program provides professional artists with the opportunity to realize a creative project in any discipline or interdisciplinary practice that engages members of the community, and is relevant to the contemporary context of our region. Artists interested in this program are encouraged to propose a project that brings their artistic practice to the community and offers an exploration of life in our region.
Recognizing that project proposals may change with time or further input, we will do our best to accommodate necessary changes from the original proposal, keeping in mind program limitations. The artist will work with City staff to develop and confirm programming aspects. City staff is here to assist the artist in coordinating and accessing the resources required to deliver the residency project. This may include securing locations for workshops, lectures or performances, identifying community partners, and promoting the residency and any related events.
Unlike some residencies, a dedicated studio is not part of the residency. Should work space be desired, this may be accommodated. Ultimately, the components of the residency project (studio time, workshops, performances, exhibitions etc.) will vary depending on the specific project needs.
The artist in residence will spend January to April planning the project with City staff and May to December implementing it.
Is this opportnity for you? Are you:
- Professional artist
- Based in Waterloo Region
- Have a specific creative project idea
- Your creative project includes community collaboration
- Your creative project extends and builds artistic practice
If you answered "yes" to all of these - apply online.
The City of Kitchener welcomes proposals from artists working in any discipline:
- Digital and Media Arts
- Folk and Traditional Arts
- Literature and Spoken Word
- Multi-Disciplinary Works
- Theatre, Musical Theatre & Performing Arts
- Visual Arts
About the program:
- This opportunity is open to artists living and working in Waterloo Region.
- The residency emphasizes interactive community engagement and encourages applicants to see this as an opportunity to activate and advance their own practice.
- The City's Arts and Culture unit administers and supports the Artist in Residence program in co-operation with the Public Art Working Group (PAWG).
- The artist is invited to join monthly PAWG meetings.
- The artist is responsible for documenting their process and activities through the residency.
- Depending on the nature of the successful proposal, the residency may offer the possibility to contribute an artwork to the city's Artist in Residence collection.
- The City of Kitchener encourages submissions from artists of all diverse backgrounds.
- The artist in residence appointment for 2017 has an honourarium of $10,000.
- An additional $2,500 is available for project expenses such as compensating collaborating artists, purchasing supplies and promotion.
- Artists are encouraged to propose projects of a scale that reflects the level of compensation.
- Application Deadline: Friday, October 10, 2017, 5 p.m.
- Selection of artist: November 2017
- March 2018: Review project plan and develop an implementation plan with staff
- May - December 2018: Project execution
- December 2018: Deliver end of project showcase
- Applicant is a regional artist working at a professional level
- Proposed program shows a balance of professional practice development, collaboration and some form of meaningful exchange with the community.
- Demonstrated artistic excellence in the applicant's practice
- Strength/professionalism of submission
- Feasibility of the proposed program
- Community Engagement strategy
- Advice and expertise of PAWG and past Artists in Residence.
- Guidance and assistance from staff on the development of feasible and implementable project activities, and ways to realize project objectives.
- Coordination of writing, editing, design services, and printing of promotional materials (invitation cards to exhibits, posters, brochures, business cards etc.)
- Assistance promoting activities and events.
- Exploration of opportunities for an Artist in Residence's project to coordinate with City of Kitchener festivals and events.
- Access to city hall venues, community centres and/or galleries for Artist in Residence events.
- Assistance connecting with potential collaborators, both within the Corporation of the City of Kitchener and at other organizations.
- Assistance mounting and striking exhibits, if applicable
The Public Art Working Group reserves the right to interview a short list of up to three artists prior to selection finalization.
'EPFLinnovators' international doctoral fellowship programme
EPFL is one of two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology and is one of Europe’s most innovative and productive institutions of science and technology.
‘EPFLinnovators’ will provide new excellent PhD students with the training, experience and advice they need to become successful entrepreneurs. Thirty-six (36) participants will be selected among the PhD candidates of EPFL’s 19 doctoral programmes to join ‘EPFLinnovators’. They will take additional classes and do a six-month to two-year work placement in a company. After completing the programme, the PhD students will continue to receive start-up related support from EPFL, including contacts with investors and personalized guidance at EPFL’s Innovation Park.
The ‘EPFLinnovators’ programme received the financial support of European Union’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Horizon 2020 COFUND programme, which covers part of the PhD students’ salary for up to 48 months.
The call for applications is open from 1 November 2017 to 15 January 2018 and from 1 February 2018 to 16 April 2018. All candidates must start their PhD before 1 September 2018.
We think this fellowship programme is an excellent opportunity that will be of interest to a wide range of young researchers in your institution from across all disciplines. We hope you will be able to distribute this information further and that you will encourage your students to apply to the ‘EPFLinnovators´ programme.
National Student Paper Competition on the Future of Public Service
2017-2018 CALL FOR PAPERS
Canada’s first 150 years have been marked by innovation and inspiration, which continue to be key determinants in defining our future. Do you have fresh ideas for improving the federal public service and positively influencing Canada’s future? Are you ready to contribute your ideas? This is your chance to be heard by leaders at the most senior levels of the public service!
As a student, you have a unique perspective on the public service and government. After all, federal programs and services affect almost every aspect of your daily life, from the food inspections that ensure the safety of your morning coffee to passports and other services that support your adventures abroad. And let's not forget the student employment programs that can help launch your career.
If you advance to the finals, you will make a short video pitch which, along with your paper, will be posted on the Institute of Public Administration website. The public will be invited to vote for the “Public Choice Award,” and you will present your paper to a panel of Deputy Ministers. All papers that reach the finals will also be translated and posted in English and French on the Canada School of Public Service website. The National Student Paper Competition provides wonderful profile for your work, making it accessible to public servants and the broader public. In addition, the majority of last year’s finalists have found employment with the federal public service.
The Grand Prize winner of the competition will receive an offer for a four-month paid placement, an invitation to present their paper on a national platform, an invitation to attend the 2018 Manion Lecture in the National Capital Region and an official certificate to proudly display their achievement.
If you are a student enrolled in a university Master’s or PhD program in Canada or abroad, please read the guidelines and key dates and submit a paper to your university coordinator in November, 2017.
The public service—and Canada—will count on your innovation and creativity in the years ahead, and we’re looking forward to your contribution. Make sure your voice is heard!
Research travel assistantship
Waterloo offers a graduate studies research travel assistantship to help you cover expenses associated with presenting your research at a professional conference away from Waterloo. For more information and to apply, interested applicants can complete our research travel assistantship application.
Research Travel Claims Information
International experience awards
Waterloo offers several international experience awards annually to full‐time graduate students who participate in a minimally‐paid or volunteer work placement, an academic exchange, or a study term related to academic requirements or research. Further details on such awards can be found in our graduate funding & awards database.
Canada Graduate Scholarship - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS)
This program supports eligible high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. Visit the Graduate Studies CGS-MSFSS web page for full details.