Funded Graduate Student Positions in Arctic Environmental Change and Governance

Website University of Manitoba

The Environmental Change and Governance Research Group

The Environmental Change and Governance Research Group at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada is recruiting graduate students (1 Master’s/ 1 Ph.D.). Successful applicants will develop social science research projects on climate change and environmental governance in the Arctic. The research will contribute to multi-disciplinary research projects conducted in partnership with Indigenous peoples.

Master’s Student – Indigenous water governance in Yukon, Canada
The master’s student will contribute to an existing research project on Indigenous water governance with Carcross/Tagish First Nation. Knowledge of GIS mapping techniques will be required.The project will be possible regardless of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Ph.D.Student – Climate change,environmental governance, Indigenous peoples in the Arctic
The Ph.D.student will develop a research project that addresses the role of Indigenous peoples in environmental governance in the changing Arctic. The focus of the project will be determined based on existing partnerships, and student interests.

Students will be required to apply for admission to the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB.Students will also benefit from the dynamic and collaborative research environment provided by the Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS), which provides access to unique field programs and to a large international network of collaborators. Successful candidates will be fully funded (minimum annual stipends: Masters – $18,000 for two years, PhD – $21,000 for four years). Application for external funding will be required (e.g., Tri-Council Awards).

Successful applicants will have:

  • Previous education in environmental studies, geography, or a similar field (Master’s student requires undergraduate degree/Ph.D. student requires a Master’s degree);
  • The ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams of social and natural scientists;
  • Knowledge of social science research methods (qualitative, quantitative, and/or spatial);
  • Familiarity with areas of study including Arctic studies, environmental governance and policy, human dimensions of climate change, knowledge co-production;
  • Experience working with Indigenous peoples and knowledge of the impacts of historical and ongoing colonialism; and
  • Preference will be given to self-identified Indigenous candidates.

How to apply: Send a CV, unofficial transcript and cover letter to Dr. Nicole J. Wilson (

Start date: September 2021
Deadline to apply: Review of applicants will begin November 15th , 2020.

U of M international applicant deadline January 15 th , 2021.
The domestic student deadline is U of M deadline May 15 th , 2021.

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