Student Opportunities

The Centre aims to create opportunities for students to develop research and collaboration skills, support and learn from peers, and engage in Centre activities. We invite graduate and undergraduate students to:

  • Engage in and contribute to Research Cluster work;
  • Incubate their ideas, share their strategies, and provide support and feedback to colleagues;
  • Apply for small research and engagement grants for projects that fall within Centre themes; and
  • Present research at a Centre event or through the Centre’s website and social media.

If you are currently a student, complete our membership form, or contact us with questions. We would love to hear from you!

Current opportunities:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Gender Equity and Excellence through Leadership

Posted: May 27, 2021

Temporary 1 year contract, with opportunity for a 1 year renewal. Full time.

Annual stipend $55,000 plus benefits. Support for research and travel is available. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to teach a University of Guelph First Year Seminar.

Supervisors: Charlotte Yates and Belinda Leach

We are seeking a skilled and enthusiastic postdoctoral fellow (PDF) to pursue an innovative research opportunity at the intersection of equity, gender and work, organizational change and leadership.

As part of building an inclusive campus, the University of Guelph is pursuing a strategy to advance the status of all women on campus with a particular focus on supporting women to pursue leadership roles. The GenEq initiative was established to advise leadership on strategy, suggest next steps, and share information back to the university community. With an inclusive definition of women and gender, GenEq takes an intersectional, anti-oppression approach aligned with the University’s Anti-Racism Action Plan and its Sexual Violence policy.

Working with an advisory group and under the direction of Belinda Leach and Charlotte Yates, the PDF will provide research and administrative support for this strategy. The PDF will:

  • work with other leaders and offices on campus committed to building greater inclusion;

  • work in a team to develop priorities and strategies for implementation;

  • identify and assess best practices towards cultures of inclusion on university campuses in Canada and elsewhere, to provide information and recommendations for steps towards building greater gender equity and inclusion;

  • review and evaluate current trends and innovative ideas for women, leadership and change in Canada and internationally, in private and public sector institutions;

  • analyze gender patterns in academic and administrative practices and outcomes at the University of Guelph and at comparator institutions;

  • undertake background research to understand the environment at the University of Guelph, including maintaining a profile of gender equity at the University;

  • identify best practices for enhancing women’s leadership;

  • perform administrative and organizational tasks in support of the Gender Equity Advisory Group and its sub-committees;

  • lead the drafting of articles and presentations for popular and scholarly communities; and

  • supervise work-study students.

Academic requirements: A PhD in any discipline with research interests that include some of the following areas: feminist theory, gender, labour markets, work and occupations, leadership, intersectionality, and/or organizational change. Strong qualitative and quantitative methodological skills are an asset, as is knowledge of and experience with innovative knowledge-sharing methods and strategies for making organizational change. Must be able to work as part of a team with students, staff and faculty from diverse campus communities.

Timeline and application process: Please submit applications, including the following, to Belinda Leach (

  • a one to three (1-3) page research statement demonstrating fit with the strategy and academic requirements described above;

  • a current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence, strong methodological skills and a capacity for leadership of a research project; and

  • the names of two people who may be contacted for references

Deadline: The position will remain open until filled. We will begin looking at applications in June 2021. Start date to be negotiated with successful candidate. Inquiries can be directed to Belinda Leach, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, University of Guelph.


Scholarships Available for Haitian MA Students as part of EDID-GHDI Project

Attention Haitian students! Are you a second-year student in a master's degree in ethnology, social sciences, law or education? For your thesis, do you want to build knowledge in partnership with institutions and associations of disabled people and women? Apply for one of two $12,500 scholarships offered for the research, writing and defense of a thesis on girls and women with disabilities. 

The scholarships are part of a research partnership called “Engendering Disability Inclusive Development – Genre, handicap et développement inclusif.” Funded by a seven-year SSHRC Partnership Grant, the project builds on established relationships with NGOs, policy makers, and researchers to improve the lives of diverse girls and women with disabilities in the world. The project aspires to be a bilingual partnership in French and English and includes anglophone, francophone and bilingual partner organizations.

Find out more about the scholarships


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