Graduate Research Fellowship

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Now open: Call for 2023-2024 Graduate Student Applications for the R.F. Harney Graduate Research Fellowship in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies

The R.F. Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy is pleased to announce the R.F. Harney Graduate Research Fellowship in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies, an interdisciplinary initiative designed to support research by University of Toronto graduate students working at the intersection of citizenship, migration, and diversity. We invite graduate students from across the disciplines to apply for the R.F. Harney Graduate Research Fellowship in the 2023-2024 academic year.

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited graduate or professional degree program at the University of Toronto. They must demonstrate a record of academic excellence and their research interests must be closely related to the Harney Program’s mission. For the 2023-2024 academic year, such topics include, but are not limited to, the relationship between mobility and global inequality; the surge of biometric borders and new technologies of migration control; disruptions to existing forms of membership and belonging; and the impact of climate change on patterns of migration at the national and transnational levels.

Related ongoing themes identified by the Harney Program are selective admission policies; dilemmas of collective identity and the rise of populist nationalism; the elastic boundaries of multicultural accommodation and their impact on religious, ethnic, sexual, and racial minorities. The Harney Program embraces a plurality of theoretical and methodological approaches. Interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives are welcomed.

We seek outstanding applicants whose research interests complement and strengthen the mission and network of the Harney Program. The selected awardees will carry the designation “R.F. Harney Graduate Research Fellow in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies” and will receive a one-year fellowship award of $1,000.00 in the 2023-2024 academic year.

Harney Graduate Research Fellows are expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Harney Program and to help develop the Harney Graduate Network by contributing to varied academic activities, including developing a workshop with their cohort. Graduate Fellows will also take part in community building activities such as reading groups and the Harney Lecture Series.

Terms for Harney Program R.F. Harney Graduate Research Fellows

  • Work with other Graduate Fellows on the development of a workshop to take place in Spring 2024
  • Mandatoy participation in the Harney Lecture Series during the academic year

We encourage applicants to visit our website to learn more about our program.

Applicants must submit a letter of intention (maximum two pages) which explains how their research interests are connected to the Harney Program’s main themes; an updated curriculum vitae; and relevant official or unofficial transcripts for review by the selection committee. (Please submit all files as one PDF file.) All qualified candidates are invited to apply by e-mail at no later than April 15, 2023.

Applications will be reviewed based on:

  • Relevance of research interests to the Harney Program
  • Academic excellence
  • Quality of research project (when applicable)
  • Ability or expressed interest to contribute to the Harney Program’s intellectual life
  • Diversity of perspectives

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, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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