New Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for Indigenous Students

Queen's University sits on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples.

The Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University is pleased to announce the recipients of its  one-year Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for Indigenous Students: 

Scott Berthelette
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Queen’s Department of History
PhD Candidate, University of Saskatchewan

Keri Cheechoo
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Queen’s Department of English Language and Literature
PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa

Jennifer Meness
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Queen's Cultural Studies Program
PhD candidate in the joint Communication and Culture program through York and Ryerson Universities.

Evelyn Poitras
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Queen’s Department of Gender Studies
PhD Candidate, Trent University

Adrianne Lickers Xavier
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Global Development Studies
PhD Candidate, Royal Roads University

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A Win-Win-Win Situation

For Indigenous PhD students, this is a unique opportunity. Not only will they receive financial support while they complete their degrees, the Fellows will expand their professional network and advance Indigenous issues, histories and/or ways of knowing while contributing to intellectual life at Queen's. Perhaps most importantly, the experience will provide Fellows with a competitive advantage in their careers.

For the Fellows' home institutions, this opportunity offers financial support to their PhD students in the final stages of their doctoral work, encourages them to complete their degrees on time, and provides future examples of successful Indigenous alumni

Queen's, the Fellows' home insititutions, and all Canadian universities will benefit from the scholarly collaboration and advancement of Indigenous issues, histories and/or ways of knowing that the Fellowhips support. Through this  collaboration and engagement with Indigenous peoples and communities, the researchers will be able to contribute to relationship-building, knowledge-sharing and Indigenizing curricula. 

Fellowship Details

Applications were invited from Indigenous doctoral students enrolled in a PhD program and working on doctoral research in the creative arts, humanities, social sciences or natural and physical sciences at an accredited university other than Queen’s University. 

Candidates must have completed all doctoral degree requirements except the final doctoral project (e.g. dissertation) and have demonstrated commitment to advancing Indigenous issues, histories and/or ways of knowing. They are expected to compete their doctoral project during their tenure as a Fellow to receive their degree from their home institution. 

The Fellowship holder is required to teach one 3-unit (four-month) university course in a program or department in the Faculty of Arts and Science, and to contribute to the intellectual life of the university. Candidates are expected to be based in Kingston or its environs through the duration of the fellowship. 

The Pre-Doctoral Fellowship provides an annual stipend of $34,000.  In addition, the incumbent will be separately appointed and compensated as a Term Adjunct to teach a half-course (3 unit) university course.  The Term Adjunct appointment shall be governed by the Queen’s-QUFA collective agreement.  In addition, up to $3,000 will be available for research and conference travel. Successful candidates are eligible to request funds in support of relocation. 

Faculty of Arts and Science Indigenous Initiatives

The Faculty of Arts and Science is committed to Indigenous education and to supporting culturally relevant learning opportunities and initiatives for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.  We are proud of our continuing dedication to encouraging life-long learning and reconciliation efforts, and of the many academic and personal successes of our Indigenous students, faculty, staff and alumni.  

Learn more about the Indigenous resources and initiatives supported by the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

The Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, or 4D as it is affectionately called, strives to be a home away from home, a hub of activity and a key resource for Queen's Indigenous students.

Located in a historic home on campus, they offer many amenities such as a lounge with free wifi and cable TV, snacks or a meals in a fully equipped kitchen, and a free laundry service. They offer academic tutoring and advising, cultural programming, an Indigenous focused library, and a range of workshops designed to support Indigenous students academically, socially and culturally.

4D has been around since 1996 when they opened with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training under its Aboriginal Education and Training Strategy. The Centre has been at its current location since 2000.