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Dr. Candida Rifkind, University of Winnipeg

MA Research Fellowship Opportunity at U of Winnipeg

Opportunity for MA Research Fellowship

September 1, 2016-August 31, 2017

 MA in Cultural Studies, Department of English, University of Winnipeg

 Deadline to apply: February 1, 2016

Candida Rifkind, Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg, is seeking one MA student enrolled in the Cultural Studies program to work on projects related to graphic biography (biographies in the form of comic books). The MA student will receive a 12-month stipend of $17,500 to work as a Research Fellow on the project. Additional project funding is available to present a paper at a North American conference.

The stipend will be divided evenly over the three terms of the MA program (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer). The tasks are primarily related to textual research and knowledge mobilization of the project. As part of their research training, the student will learn how to assemble and evaluate existing scholarship, review books for general audiences, and analyze texts for scholarly audiences. This hands-on scholarly research will be complemented by the print and electronic communication of the project. The student will also plan a project book club, which will provide them with a valuable set of skills in professional organizing and communicating specialized knowledge to general audiences.

This is an ideal research fellowship for students interested in comics and life writing theory. Related fields include cultural studies, film studies, media studies, celebrity studies, and art history.

Prospective Research Fellows must follow the formal application process to the MA in Cultural Studies. More information about the program is available here:

All interested applicants should contact Dr. Rifkind ( prior to submitting their application to the MA in Cultural Studies, and are encouraged to visit the project website:

This position is funded by an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the University of Winnipeg.