Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

In 2018-19, Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) introduced Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for Indigenous PhD candidates. The program is the first of its kind in Canada and is designed to support the intellectual and scholarly development of senior doctoral candidates in ways that position them for success.

Building on the success of the inaugural program, in 2021-22, FAS will award three Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for Indigenous Students as well as three new Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Black Studies. This expansion of the program supports the new BA Honours Major and Medial in Indigenous Studies offered by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures for fall 2021, and the development of the BA General/Minor in Black Studies by the Department of Gender Studies for 2022. It is intended to reinforce the profile of the Black Studies program at the graduate level and extend its interdisciplinary reach to departments, programs, and faculties across the university. 

The Fellowships are open to students working on doctoral research in the creative arts, humanities, social sciences or natural and physical sciences at an accredited university other than Queen’s. Candidates must have completed all doctoral degree requirements except the final doctoral project (e.g. dissertation). They will be expected to compete their doctoral project during their tenure as a Fellow to receive their degree from their home institution.

The Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program provides annual stipends ($37,000 each) to support senior doctoral students in the completion of their degrees. In doing so, the Program recognizes that demand in the academy for equity-seeking scholars is such that these doctoral students are often hired into tenure-track positions before the completion of their degrees. They take up teaching duties, experience requests for service often disproportionally heavy in comparison to their (non-equity seeking) peers and face the expectation that they will advance a research agenda in keeping with this next stage in their careers. All this when they are still completing their doctorates.

To summarize, the Program recognizes that in the current environment equity-seeking scholars may not set up for success in the same way as their peers. It is intended to support the intellectual and scholarly development of these senior doctoral candidates in ways that position them for success.

Learn More about our Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for Indigenous Students

Learn More about our Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for Black Studies Students

Join us for a webinar to learn more about our Pre-Doctoral Fellowships. Hear from faculty members and some of our previous predoctoral fellows. A short 15-minute presentation will be followed by a 45-minute Q & A period so that you can have all of your questions answered.

 
June 22 - 7PM EST
 
June 24 - 7PM EST
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