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CERC Civil Society & Public Administration Fellowship Program

Civil Society Fellow Alex Oturu presenting

The CERC Civil Society & Public Administration Fellowship program welcomes practitioners from civil society organizations or government bodies who have international experience working in the field of migration or immigrant integration and inclusion to apply to participate in a one-month residency at Toronto Metropolitan University.  

The CERC Civil Society & Public Administration Fellowship program promotes international collaboration and learning exchange between practitioners and researchers. It provides a unique professional development opportunity for practitioners to share and build on their field experience, connect to an expert team of Canadian and international researchers and local stakeholders,  or conduct their own field research. The experience will help practitioners develop and bring back to their organizations innovative ideas for applied research and evidence-based good practices. At the same time, practitioners would be encouraged to contribute their perspectives to the work of the CERC Migration team.

The Fellowship includes:

  • A stipend, including a travel allowance, to contribute to expenses related to their stay for a total value of $4,000 CAD.
  • An academic host from the CERC Migration’s research team.
  • Access to an office space and resources available in the CERC Migration facility.
  • Professional development and networking through participation in CERC Migration’s research events and workshops.

Call for Proposals for the 2024/25 academic year is now open

Application Deadline: May 1, 2024

The CERC Civil Society & Public Administration Fellowship program invites applications from practitioners outside of Canada for the 2023-2024 academic year. The residency takes place in Toronto and must occur between October 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025 for a consecutive period of 20 to 35 days. 

Application instructions

Applicants must submit online a short CV (maximum four pages) and cover letter (maximum two pages) describing the following:  

  • The motivation for your stay and how it will benefit your work and current organization. How does your work fit into any of CERC’s Research Themes, or existing projects.
  • Proposed activities to be conducted during your stay (e.g., give a presentation, engage with local organizations, conduct field research, develop a new project proposal, attend a conference, etc).
  • How the visit will provide networking opportunities
  • Which member of the CERC Research Team (opens in new window)  that you would like to work with as your proposed academic host. Select up to two potential hosts (a first and second choice). Note: The academic host cannot be Anna Triandafyllidou, and a host would be assigned based on their availability and at the discretion of CERC Migration.
  • Proposed dates of the visit (the residency should take place for 20 to 35 days between October 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025).

 (google form) Please submit your application online by following this link. Submissions must be received no later than May 1, 2024. (external link) 

"The intention of undertaking the Fellowship was to open my eyes to some of the similarities and differences between Australia and Canada. I hoped that this would allow me to consider the range of activities that the Scanlon Foundation and Institute undertakes and what we may have been missing. I have now had that opportunity and will return to Australia with some fresh thinking and a more well-rounded perspective."

Anthea Hancocks, CEO, Scanlon Foundation / Scanlon Foundation Research Institute and CERC Civil Society Fellow, Feb. 2023