Student Recruitment

Two graduate student positions are available to work with the Developing Conformity project and Dr. Liam Swiss at the Memorial University Department of Sociology beginning in September 2017.  For more details, see below:

Student Recruitment: Sociology of Development

Two graduate student positions (1 PhD; 1 MA) are available beginning in September 2017 to assist with the project Developing Conformity: Foreign Aid and the Diffusion of Global Norms in the Department of Sociology at Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, Canada (http://www.mun.ca/soc/).

Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), this project employs quantitative research methods to examine whether and how the flow of foreign aid and other forms of development finance are associated with the spread of common policies, institutions, and norms in the Global South. For more information, please consult the project website: https://developingconformity.wordpress.com/

Students should have a broad research interest in development and globalization, with a specific focus on some aspect of foreign aid/development finance. Students experienced in quantitative research methods and familiar with Stata statistical software will be given preference (additional training to be provided).  Prior study in Sociology, Development Studies, Political Science or another social science is required. Students will play an important role in project research and have the opportunity to co-author with the project team while also conducting their own independent research. Details of the two positions are as follows:

PhD Student Position (2017-2021)

This funded 4-year position includes the following support from the MUN School of Graduate Studies and the Developing Conformity project.

Baseline funding (School of Graduate Studies): $11,742 annually
Project funding (SSHRC Stipend): $13,258 annually
Total funding: $25,000 annually

Additional funding for conference travel may be available throughout the course of the project.  Students will have additional funding opportunities at Memorial to supplement the funding attached to this position.  If eligible, students will also be encouraged to apply to SSHRC for external funding of their own research.

More details about the PhD program at Memorial are available here: http://www.mun.ca/soc/doctoral/

MA Student Position (2017-2019)

This thesis-based, 2-year position is supported by the Memorial School of Graduate Studies and the Developing Conformity project.

Baseline funding (School of Graduate Studies): $6,850 annually
Project funding (SSHRC Stipend): $10,650 annually
Total funding: $17,500 annually

Additional funding at Memorial may also be available to supplement the funding attached to this position.

More details about the MA program at Memorial are available here: http://www.mun.ca/soc/masters/

To express interest in either position, please send a one-page statement outlining your research interests and relevant experience along with a copy of your CV to Dr. Liam Swiss: lswiss(at)mun.ca before December 10, 2016. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

Selected candidates will need to meet all requirements for admission to graduate studies at Memorial and will submit a formal application by the February 1, 2017 deadline. Details about applying to graduate studies in Sociology at Memorial are at: http://www.mun.ca/become/graduate/programs/sociology.php.

Click here for PDF: Two Positions in Development Sociology at Memorial University