Graduate Student Position, 2017 (Master’s) – Native Studies
Research project: The Faculty of Native Studies (FNS) at the University of Alberta is seeking one full-time
master’s student to act as Research Assistant for the study, Introducing the emotional and affective
geographies of law: Strengthening community through the practice and feeling(s) of Inuit law. Based upon
research priorities established in conjunction with elders in Kugaaruk, Nunavut, the project will investigate
the enactment of Inuit socio-legal norms, affect and emotionality in respect of subsistence activities and
everyday community life. A distinctive aspect of the study’s action-oriented qualitative methodology includes
elder-led youth land camps.
The successful applicant will work toward the Master of Arts in Native Studies under the supervision of Dr.
Sean Robertson. The MA Candidate will have the opportunity to develop an independent research question
and theoretical approach intersecting with the outlines of this SSHRC Insight Grant-funded study.
Financial support and responsibilities: The FNS offers a two-year, thesis-based master’s degree. Support
will be provided in the form of a Research Assistantship salary of $15,000 (inclusive per annum) for two
years. The position will involve research-related activities between April and September (may involve travel
to Nunavut each summer) and other duties throughout the year in conformity with established graduate
student employment terms.
The MA Candidate will receive training and be responsible for a range of activities, possibly including:
preparing background bibliographies; ensuring research ethics and Indigenous community protocols are
followed; liaising with community partners; the development of communication tools; the collection,
transcription, coding, and interpretation of data based on interviews, focus groups, photo- and video-graphy
conducted with 30 community members (including in very remote geographical locations); assist with
planning and holding academic workshops; and the presentation of findings in publications and at
Other “not guaranteed” sources of funding include teaching assistantships and university-wide scholarships,
fellowships and bursaries. The Candidate will be expected to apply for the latter.
How to apply and links to further information:
Deadline: January 9, 2017 - to submit application for full consideration (including university-wide financial
support). Thereafter, applications may be accepted until June 30, 2017.
Start date: September 1, 2017
The FNS is unique as the only stand-alone faculty of its kind in Canada. Located in historic Pembina Hall at
the heart of the centrally located campus of the University of Alberta (Edmonton), the FNS benefits from the
resources of Canada’s second largest university library, the research-intensive environment of one of
Canada’s top universities, and strong linkages to other faculties with shared research interests. All qualified
individuals are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to applicants proficient in both English and
Inuktitut. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact:
Dr. Sean Robertson
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
Faculty of Native Studies - University of Alberta
Edmonton AB T6G 2H8