Announcement of new graduate programs
Next academic year the Department of Political Science will offer an exciting set of new graduate programs.
First, a fully revamped Master’s program offers students the opportunity to specialize in the politics of Rights, Justice, Citizenship, and Identity. Who we are, where we belong, and what we are entitled to have been central to political conflict for a very long time, but are arguably even more pressing in today’s era of globalization and cross- border mobility. Our program offers students the opportunity to investigate these questions from different angles. Some might choose to focus specifically on issues of rights and justice, investigating constitutional politics, domestic and international courts, or global justice. Others might zoom in more on the politics of citizenship and identity, exploring how political processes navigate conflict and cooperation between social groups with different identities, different backgrounds, and different expectations from the state they live in. Finally, we offer a concentration in Public Policy and Administration for those who are keen to investigate public policy and policymaking on these questions in more detail, and in Global Justice and Politics for those with a particular interest in the international dimension of these issues.
Second, the Department offers a PhD program with new areas of specialization. Like many programs, we offer students the opportunity to concentrate on traditional subfields of political science, in particular Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. But our program also offers the opportunity to specialize in fields where our department boasts specific expertise, namely in Law and Politics, Public Policy and Governance, and Gender, Race, Indigeneity and Sexuality. The Department has wide-ranging and various expertise in each of these fields – please consult the Department’s website (http://www.uoguelph.ca/polisci/graduate-faculty) for more information.
The Political Science Department at the University of Guelph is a dynamic, research- focused department that is committed to graduate student engagement and development. There are several fellowship opportunities for both MA and PhD students. The fellowships described below will connect graduate students with faculty members and their ongoing research programs. Most of these provide funding amounts in addition to our standard competitive funding packages.
Visit our website for more information about the Graduate Program in Political Science (http://www.uoguelph.ca/polisci/graduate-programs).
The Political Science Department is offering the following fellowships for the upcoming 2018-19 academic year. See descriptions and contact information following the list:
Please indicate in your statement of research intent in your application in case you would like to be considered for one of the following opportunities. Fellowships will only be awarded to qualified candidates and might not be offered if there is not a suitable applicant.
Fellowship in Digital Politics or Political Communication
This fellowship will support students working in the area of political communication or digital politics. Preference will be given to those studying Canadian politics. The fellowship will consist of a Research Assistantship on the SSHRC funded project Digital Political in Canada: A Comparative Study.
For more information, please contact Dr. Tamara Small firstname.lastname@example.org
Fellowship in Health Care Politics
This fellowship will examine Canadian provinces’ recent frameworks to bring naturopaths under the governance structure for self-regulated professions. The goal is to understand how naturopaths are governed, both by provincial governments and self- regulatory organizations, through a comprehensive review of legislative debates, laws, self-regulatory bylaws, and governance structures. The research will also involve the creation of a large-scale survey of Canadian naturopaths.
For more information, please contact Dr. Dave Snow email@example.com
Fellowships in Indigenous Politics/ Multiculturalism/ Race and Ethnicity/ Genocide Studies
Two categories of Fellowships are available for Graduate Research Assistant positions at the MA and PhD levels, awarded to students under Professor MacDonald’s supervision. Additional funds may be available for research and conference travel, and for co-authored publications. There are two categories of fellowship available. The first is funded through a SSHRC Insight Grant “Complex Sovereignties: Theory and Practice of Indigenous-Self Determination in Settler States and the International System” (MacDonald is Principal Investigator and Sheryl Lightfoot at UBC is Co-Applicant), and the second is through MacDonald’s Research Leadership Chair position. Research fellows will work with Professor MacDonald on projects aligned with his two main research foci. Focus one, funded by the IG, includes Indigenous self-determination (Canadian, comparative, and international dimensions), Indigenous-settler relations, reconciliation and political transition, electoral reform, and genocide studies. Focus two includes reconciliation studies, racialized peoples and identity in Canada, mixed race identities, multiculturalism, Caribbean and/or South Asian representation in Canada, and colonization in British settler states. Students may also propose other ideas related to any of the above topics.
For further information, please contact David MacDonald firstname.lastname@example.org
Fellowship in LGBTQIA Activism in the Middle East
A Research Assistantship is available for a PhD student to work with Dr. Janine Clark and conduct research on LGBTQIA activism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Eligible candidates must be fluent in French or Arabic; preference will be given to those who are fluent in both.
For more information, please contact Dr. Janine Clark email@example.com
Fellowships in Wellbeing and Political Engagement of Northern and Indigenous Women and Young Women
Three fellowships will be offered in collaboration with one or more of three northern communities in ON, BC, and/or NL & Labrador with whom the Principal Investigator has established relationships. In collaboration with these partner communities, the candidate will participate in project design, data collection, and data analysis, answering questions related to young Indigenous and northern women, political engagement, and wellbeing. This project offers fellowship opportunities for both MA and PhD students. The overarching research program is grounded in principles that are important not only to linking Indigenous and Western ways of knowing, but also to intersectionality. We use a range of methods to work in collaboration with Indigenous and settler women in northern Canada to understand, monitor, and respond to changes to women’s and communities’ wellbeing in the context of resource extraction. Current team collaborators include First Nations, Inuit governments and organizations, and women-serving community organizations. For more information, please contact Dr. Leah Levac LLevac@uoguelph.ca
Fellowship in Law and Politics
This fellowship provides opportunities for research in the following areas: legal empowerment, administrative law as a governance technique, rights and social movement activism, and open government (particularly at the local level).
For more information, please contact Dr. Byron Sheldrick firstname.lastname@example.org
Fellowship in Law and Politics
One research project involves judicial decision-making on Canada’s provincial court of appeals. These courts are the final court for the vast majority of appeals in Canada, yet we know little about what explains the outcomes of cases at this level. Student researchers will read and code decisions, and help us to analyze the data. Does the legal model apply more at this level than the extra-legal model, which is a prevalent explanation for decisions at the Supreme Court of Canada? Another project investigates the implementation of Charter of Rights decisions by police forces. Charter decisions have fundamentally changed the rules surrounding police investigations but we do not know how police view these decisions, what training and communications processes are in place to make officers aware of the decisions, or what happens on the ground level in terms of implementation. Student researchers would help us to gather and analyze data.
For more information, please contact Dr. Troy Riddell email@example.com
Fellowship in Transnational Feminism, Global Maternal Health Initiatives, and/ or Human Rights and Justice in Guatemala
This fellowship is open to MA and PhD students interested in any of these areas. The research is funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant and seeks to understand the impact of global maternal health initiatives on aid-receiving communities, which is poorly understood yet vital for the women and communities that are the targets of intervention. For more information, please contact Dr. Candace Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Graduate Program in Political Science, contact:
Renee Tavascia, Graduate Program Assistant
Candace Johnston, Graduate Coordinator