Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Research

School of Public Policy and Administration
Faculty of Public Affairs
Carleton University
Ottawa, Canada

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The graduate program in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University invites applications from qualified candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship for up to 24 months, beginning as early as summer 2019.

The Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) is the only graduate program of its kind in Canada, and is housed in the School of Public Policy and Administration – the oldest and largest in the country. The School is part of a distinctive Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA) which brings together 12 academic departments and professional schools that address challenges of contemporary governance and citizenship.

The postdoctoral fellow will work with a multidisciplinary team of faculty and graduate students on original research related to philanthropy and civil society, and ideally tied to at least one of several major projects in the School.  These include: quantitative and qualitative research on the financing of charities; community-based and global philanthropy; foundations and institutional philanthropy; co-production and changing models of service delivery; and civic technologies. Other independent research projects will be considered.  The fellowship will be supervised by Professor Susan Phillips, working with other FPA faculty.

In addition to conducting original research and producing quality peer-reviewed publications, the successful candidate is expected to engage with the Canadian and international nonprofit and philanthropic sector, for example by participating in the program’s public events and by supporting knowledge mobilization.  The fellow will also teach one single-term (0.5 credit) graduate course per year, which is likely to be in an online or intensive executive-style format.


The successful candidate will have:

  1. A PhD (or equivalent) either completed in the past five years or very near to completion, in a field relevant to the research focus of the fellowship. The PhD must be completed before the fellowship could be renewed for a second year.

  1. A research and publication track-record directly relevant to the research focus of the fellowship, as appropriate for an early stage of career.

  1. A base at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada for the duration of the fellowship, allowing on-site engagement with the MPNL team of faculty and students, as well as with the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3ci) and other FPA units.

  1. Experience or a strong interest in innovative forms of knowledge translation and mobilization, particularly with policy and practitioner communities.

  1. The ability to teach effectively in an online or executive-style format, working with graduate students that include experienced professionals.

Award duration: 24 months

Start date: Negotiable, but preferably by 15 September 2019

Home unit: School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, Ottawa

Salary for 2019/20: C$45,000 plus benefits (see Article 27 of PSAC local 77000 collective agreement with Carleton University). Increases will follow the collective agreement.

Relocation expenses: Eligible moving expenses of up to C$1,500.

Research funding: The Fellow will have access to a research fund of C$5,000 in each 12-month period in which the Fellowship is held.

Teaching requirements: The Fellow will teach one single-term MPNL (0.5 credit) course per academic year, specifics to be negotiated.

Application deadline: 15 July 2019

The application should include: 1) a cover letter explaining the strength of the candidate and the application; 2) a 3-page statement of research intent; 3) CV; 4) evidence of teaching experience, if appropriate; and 5) names and contact information of three referees.  Please submit applications to:  Professor Christopher Worswick (c/o Ms. Christine Barkley –, Associate Dean Research and International, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University.

About Carleton University

Carleton University’s location in the nation’s capital – an urban area of about one million – provides many opportunities for research with public and private sector institutions that reflect the diversity of the country. Minutes from downtown, Carleton University is located on a beautiful campus, bordered by the Rideau River and the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal. With over 12 national museums and the spectacular Gatineau Park close by, there are many excellent recreational opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy.

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution committed to developing solutions to real world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff, researchers, and librarians provide about 30,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 100 countries with academic opportunities in 65+ programs of study. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary, and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative work in public policy, governance, science and technology, business, and the arts.

Commitment to Diversity

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Those applicants that are selected for an interview will be requested to contact the Chair of the Search Committee as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made to accommodate requests in a timely manner.

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