Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs
Faculty of Arts and Science
University of Toronto


Area of Research:

The Richard Charles Lee Asian Pathways Research Lab (APRL), housed within the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship. The APRL focuses on Asian migration and mobility as seen through Asian life histories and experiences. In the 2016-17 academic year, the APRL cultivates engaged qualitative research, student training, and public dialogue on migrations from Asia to Canada in the context of cross-cutting global themes. These themes include: Asian modernities, broadly conceived – East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, capitalisms, and urban life in global contexts. The Fellow will serve as the Lab Manager for the Asian Pathways Research Lab, a position that includes academic, research, outreach and administrative responsibilities. The fellow will also provide support to the faculty member teaching the course CAS450H (Asian Pathways Research Practicum).

Description of duties:

In addition to pursuing an intensive research project, the post-doctoral fellow is expected to participate as a member of the APRL team, including:

  • Managing the daily and long-term planning activities of the lab, including overseeing and mentoring specific student-led lab projects.
  • Supporting the faculty member teaching CAS450H – Asian Pathways Research Practicum, a course that includes training student researchers in a range of research methodologies field research projects.
  • Presenting their research as part of one seminar at the Asian Institute during the fall term of the fellowship.
  • Preparing an original, full-length research paper for publication.
  • Planning APRL events, in conjunction with Asian Institute Centre Directors, including a public panel to showcase student research from the practicum course.
  • Managing the Lab and reporting to the Director of the Asian Institute.


The Fellowship offers $43,000 (CAD) of financial support (inclusive of vacation pay), and provides benefits pursuant to the collective agreement between the University of Toronto and CUPE 3902, Unit 5.

Please note that should the minimum rates stipulated in the collective agreement be higher than rates stated in this posting, the minimum rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

Required qualifications:

Fellowship applicants’ research and experience should be pertinent to the goals of the APRL as stated above. Fellowship recipients are expected to live in Toronto, Canada, while pursuing their research and study, and will have the opportunity to participate generally in the intellectual life of the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and larger University of Toronto community during the tenure of the fellowship. Eligibility is limited to applicants who will have received their Ph.D. in a relevant discipline within three years prior to the time they begin their fellowship at APRL (i.e., by January 1, 2017).  Please note that applicants must have completed all requirements for their Ph.D. before the start date.

Application instructions:

All individuals interested in this position must submit a statement of interest, CV (including publications), and names of three referees to Katherine MacIvor via email at by the closing date, with the following subject line: Application for Richard Charles Lee Postdoc.

Closing date:  November 23, 2016
Supervisor: Richard Charles Lee Director of the Asian Institute
Expected start date: January 1, 2017
Term: 12 months, with possibility of 6 month extension
FTE:    80%

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Deadline: November 23, 2016