Please note that only full-time students are eligible for funding.

PhD students beginning their studies in the Cultural Mediations PhD program in Fall 2020 are eligible to apply for the Transgender Media Lab PhD Fellowship. For more information about this Fellowship, further information can be found here.

The Transgender Media Lab (TML) is currently recruiting a PhD student to conduct original dissertation research on some aspect of transgender, Two Spirit, nonbinary, intersex and/or gender-nonconforming film- and video-making in Canada or the United States and to contribute to the development of the Transgender Media Portal. Potential dissertation topics include: contemporary trans web series, Indigenous trans and Two-Spirit filmmaking, Black and trans-of-colour filmmaking, trans-made experimental animation, regional trans film and video movements, the history of Counting Past 2 (one of the first transgender film festivals, founded in Toronto in 1997), or the theoretical, computational, and ethical aspects related to building the Transgender Media Portal and cultivating its community of contributors. Note that our lab focuses on audiovisual work created by trans people.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are available to students in the program. Eligible candidates, normally with a 10 GPA merit, are automatically considered for these positions. Students in PhD programs are normally supported for two out of three terms in the academic year for a total of ten terms over five consecutive calendar years. The amounts of money involved and the hours and conditions of work are governed by contractual agreement with CUPE 4600 Unit 1, the teaching assistants’ union. In 2012-2013 graduate teaching assistants receive approximately $10,128.00 CDN for ten hours of work per week for two academic terms (approximately 26 weeks).

Department Scholarships

The program also has limited department scholarship money that is awarded to eligible students in addition to a Teaching Assistantship. Department scholarship monies awarded upon entrance to the program are guaranteed for three years.

Research Assistantships

The availability of research assistantships may depend upon the kinds and amounts of research grants held by members of faculty. Their availability cannot be guaranteed, but every effort will be made to extend additional support to students through this means as well.

Other Scholarships and Bursaries

PhD students continuing in this program are expected to apply for  internal (Epstein, etc.) and external scholarships and awards (SSHRC, OGS, etc.).