Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships

Timing is tight – isn’t it always? – but if you are interested in applying for one of these PDFs to work with me please get in touch as soon as you can:

The UBC Geography Department welcomes applications for the Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, 2013-14. The Geography Postdoctoral Committee can nominate one candidate this year to enter the university-wide competition.

Once the Geography Department selects a nominee, an adjudication committee at the Faculty of Graduate Studies reviews the selected nominee files, over 40 each year, before making final decisions. The search is for candidates whose work is “beyond excellent and whose research is convincingly innovative and ground-breaking”. Postdoctoral applicants are selected based on “academic achievement, personal qualities, and demonstrated aptitudes”. Consideration is also given to the applicant’s proposed program of study.

The fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years, subject to review at the end of the first year, and include a stipend of CAD $50,000 per annum and a travel and research allowance. The number of awards available across campus varies between three and five per year.

To apply, you must have the support of a faculty member supervisor within the UBC Geography Department. However, there is no need to submit a letter of support from the supervisor until the Geography Postdoctoral Committee requests it.

For information about eligibility, application forms and detailed instructions, see here.

Deadline: All necessary application materials must be received at the UBC Geography Department by Friday, October 26, 2012.

Advice: To stand any chance of success, publications and major conference presentations are a must; your post-doctoral research program should build on BUT NOT DUPLICATE your PhD research; and your referees need to write at length and in detail – not the all-too-common UK-style ‘obituary notices’ limited to information that is in your c.v.