Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Office of Research Services
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Friday, July 14, 2017 - 17:00
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Set on one of the most picturesque campuses in the world, Royal Roads University (RRU) invites expressions of interest from those wishing to develop Postdoctoral Fellowships through a variety of sources including Banting, SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR.

RRU’s mandate is to offer applied and professional interdisciplinary programs with a focus on applied research.  With a reputation for innovation, RRU is a leader in online course delivery and attracts career-oriented students, mainly at the graduate level.  Guided by the strategic themes of “innovative learning”, “sustainable communities, livelihoods, and the environment”, and “thriving organizations”, RRU integrates research and student learning in a way that solves problems and addresses contemporary challenges head on.

Post-doctoral fellowship programs provide funding to national and international postdoctoral applicants who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social, and research-based growth. We seek dynamic, top-tier post-doctoral candidates to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth.

Details regarding the various fellowships can be found online as follows:

  • Banting scholars receive $70,000 per year for 2 years. Please see the Banting website  for more information
  • SSHRC scholars receive $40,500 per year for up to 2 years. Please see the SSHRC website for more information
  • NSERC scholars receive $45,000 per year for 2 years. Please see the NSERC website for more information
  • CIHR scholars receive $45,000 per year for 2 years. Please see the CIHR website for more information

RRU seeks expressions of interest specific to the following research areas:

Working with Prof. Brian Belcher, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Sustainability Research Effectiveness, a post-doctoral scholar will focus on research to assess the effectiveness and the impact of inter- and trans-disciplinary research for improved livelihoods, community resilience, and environmental sustainability. The post-doc will contribute as a member of the CRC Research Program to: 1) build an international network of collaborators with a focus on impact and effectiveness in sustainability research; 2) develop, apply and test improved theory and methods for evaluating and learning from experience in sustainability research, building on emerging ideas and theoretical and practical experience in related fields; 3) analyze and evaluate selected livelihoods, community resilience, and sustainability research projects/programs as case studies; 4) contribute to comparative analyses of sets of case studies, and; 5) recommend improved approaches and methods for more effective sustainability research.

Dr. Robin Cox is a Professor and Program Head of the Disaster and Emergency Management graduate programs at RRU, and the Director of the ResiliencebyDesign Research Innovation Lab (RbD). Working with Dr. Cox, the successful candidate will have the opportunity of joining a trans-disciplinary, collaborative research team working on a range of funded projects that focus on disaster resilience, transformative approaches to climate change, and disaster risk reduction. Her work emphasizes the value of participatory and arts-based methods and social innovation, and a focus on building youth capacity and leadership through research (e.g., see:;

Working with Dr. Elizabeth Hartney, Registered Psychologist, Professor and Director of the Centre for Health Leadership and Research (CHLR), a post-doctoral scholar will contribute to leadership research and knowledge mobilization toward increasing patient and family centered care in the BC healthcare system. The goals of CHLR are to: develop and implement an applied research agenda in health systems leadership to inform scholarly practice and policy; create and engage in internal/external partnerships and networks to support and advance health systems leadership, applied research activities and knowledge mobilization strategies; conduct applied health leadership research and coordinate activities with internal/external stakeholders and partners to address emergent needs in academic and practice settings; and organize/co-organize conferences, symposia, summits and think-tanks in emerging areas of scholarship and practice. To achieve these goals, CHLR is developing and expanding health leadership and research expertise in a variety of areas that cross disciplines and knowledge domains.

Working with Dr. Phillip Vannini, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography, a post-doctoral scholar will focus on the multiple ways in which ethnographic research can reach out multiple publics, especially non-academic audiences. Combining traditional methodologies and innovative (both old and new media-based) means and genres of knowledge mobilization the post-doctoral fellowship would develop the methodological agenda of public ethnography and qualitative research popularization.

Working with Dr. George Veletsianos, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Innovative Learning and Technology, a post-doctoral scholar will focus on emerging technologies and innovations in online education, in particular open education, open/digital scholarship, and social media/networks.  The objective of a Banting post-doc within this research program will be to make sense of participants' experiences and practices with open online education and social media/networks in higher education and to understand why individuals use these emerging innovations in the ways that they do.

Potential candidates for all Post-doctoral fellowships will work with the Office of Research Services and relevant faculty member to prepare the formal application according to the program guidelines.

  • PhD in relevant field
  • Review details of specific Fellowship opportunities above for eligibility
  • Legally able to work in Canada
Application submission information: 

To apply, submit the following documents:

  • A cover letter clearly confirming:
    • your citizenship,
    • date of PhD award or expected date of completion, and
    • that you do not hold, nor have you ever held, a tenure or tenure track faculty position.
    • A copy of your academic CV, including a full list of publications and scholarly activities (books, book chapters, peer reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, etc.)
    • A draft of your proposed research program and how it relates to one of the research opportunities noted above (2 pages max.)
    • A statement of how your proposed research is applied and inter- or transdisciplinary (1 page max.)

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Submit to: via email, with the subject line:

17-075–R0003 – Last name, First name

Or mail to:

Human Resources - Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, B.C.   V9B 5Y2
Fax:  (250) 391-2570 Tel:  (250) 391-2511

All applications should reach the university no later than July 14, 2017.  Review of applications will begin immediately.

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted. RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment, and will consider applications from diverse disciplines, genders, official languages, and citizenship.


If you are sending your application via e-mail, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word or Adobe pdf format.