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Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Concordia University

Concordia University in Montreal, Canada is currently accepting applications for postdoctoral fellowships valued at $47,500 per year for 16 months, in the following discipline:


Research program title:                 Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Oral History and the Rwandan Diaspora


Supervisor(s): Dr. Steven High, Department of History;

Dr. Sébastien Caquard, Department of Geography, Environment and Planning.

Program description: Based at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and the Geomedia Lab, the Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to the development of the Living Archives of the Rwandan Diaspora, a public online platform and digital toolkit that will enable researchers, educators, and survivors themselves to access recorded life story interviews. This program is supported by two interlocking SSHRC-funded projects and is developed in collaboration with Page-Rwanda, representing the friends and family of those lost in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda. The postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to the making of the living archives, as well as the analysis of the interviews using the new mapping and search tools under development at Concordia.  These tools are part of the development of new ways to access, share, listen, visualize, map and analyse the recorded stories of survivors of mass violence.
Academic qualifications required: The postdoctoral fellowship will bring to Concordia a university researcher (open discipline) interested in being centrally involved in this research project being undertaken in partnership with the community of genocide survivors in Montreal. The candidate will need to demonstrate interest in the study of mass violence and/or forced displacement, ideally having experience working on the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda and/or the diaspora or other cases of mass violence. S/he will also need to demonstrate a capacity to work collaboratively with a range of partners, as well as a real interest in both oral history and cartography. Speaking and understanding French is essential. Finally, the candidate will need to demonstrate an active publication profile since s/he will be involved in the academic dissemination of the results of this project through publications and oral presentations.


Eligibility requirements:


·      Applicants must not currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at Concordia.

·      Priority will be given to postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their PhD from another university although in exceptional cases Concordia graduates may be considered.

·      Applicants must adhere to the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria outlined in Concordia University’s Postdoctoral Policy


Timeline and Application Process:


Application deadline:               January 15, 2018

Fellowship start date:              As soon as possible thereafter (negotiable). Please indicate when you would be able to start in your letter of intention.

Submission process:               all documents must be submitted to Steven High at steven.high@concordia.ca .


Application checklist:

  • One to three (1-3) page research statement demonstrating fit with the program described above
  • Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages)
  • The name and contact information of two referees.


Concordia University is a vibrant research and teaching environment, with state-of-the-art research facilities and many research centers. Concordia is located in Montreal, Canada, a diverse and creative city, often ranked as offering one of the best quality of living experiences in North America.



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