​Graduate Research Funding

Topic: Sociable Cities: Social Life in Urban Public Spaces

The Sociable Cities Project is offering research assistantships to prospective graduate students interested in conducting theoretically informed, qualitative research on public spaces and sociability.

The Sociable Cities Project has two 12-month research assistantships available, with the possibility of renewal for an additional year (minimum value $8000 per year each). Students will gain valuable research experience and professional development opportunities while working on a SSHRC-funded project. Research assistantships are open to students who commence the Sociology PhD or Sociology MA at the University of Guelph in September 2019, and it is available in addition to the generous funding packages already offered by the Department of Sociology & Anthropology.

If you are committed to developing research on everyday urban life in public space, then we would like to hear from you. To pursue this opportunity, please contact the project team (Principal Investigators: Prof. Mervyn Horgan (mhorgan@uoguelph.ca) and Prof. Saara Liinamaa (sliinama@uoguelph.ca), Sociology & Anthropology, University of Guelph) with a brief (1-2 page) description of your research interests, work experience, and achievements to date. Informal inquiries are welcome.

Further information about applying to the Sociology PhD and MA at the University of Guelph is available here: https://www.uoguelph.ca/socioanthro/graduate-studies/admission-requirements Deadline: February 1, 2019.


Topic: Food, farming, and agricultural values

Are you a student interested in undertaking anthropological graduate research related to food, farming, and agricultural values? Dr. Elizabeth Finnis (Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph) is offering graduate research funding support for a student who enters the Public Issues Anthropology MA in September 2019. The funding support is valued at up to $7000, and is in addition to the funding package offered by the department.

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Finnis (efinnis@uoguelph.ca) with a brief description of your research interests. Information about the Public Issues Anthropology MA can be found at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/socioanthro/graduate-studies/masters-public-issues-anthropology

The deadline for applications for the September 2019 cohort is February 1, 2019.


Topics: technologies, citizenship, adaptation to climate change

Dr. Karine Gagné is offering two fellowships of up to $7,500 per year for two years to join a project on sustainability focusing on “technologies, citizenship, and adaptation to climate change.” The project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The student would pursue a MA in Public Issues Anthropology at the University of Guelph.

Accepted students will design thesis projects in a way that aligns within the parameters of the project mandate. The fellowship is offered in addition to stipend funds offered by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. It will consist partly in funds for fieldwork and partly in Research Assistantship. Additional funds may be available for relevant conference travel.

Expected start date is fall 2019. Interested students should review admission guidelines for the Master’s program in Public Issues Anthropology (https://www.uoguelph.ca/socioanthro/masters-program-public-issues-anthropology)

Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Gagné at gagnek@uoguelph.ca. The deadline for applications for the September 2019 cohort is February 1, 2019.