The Communication and Media Studies program at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) is accepting applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, beginning as early as July 1, 2024. This internally funded fellowship supports the development of an original research project and is open to an early career researcher (PhD completed within 5 years of the start date) working on any topic in communication and media studies. Preference will be given to proposals that engage with perspectives, theories, and methods that have historically been marginalized in the field, and we encourage applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in communication and media studies.

Department Background Information

Carleton University’s Communication and Media Studies (COMS) program is located within the School of Journalism and Communication. Founded in 1978, it has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s top research-intensive programs in communication and media studies. Faculty members are recognized leaders in their fields of scholarship and committed to a progressive intellectual agenda. The COMS program is highly interdisciplinary and participates in collaborative initiatives across campus, including specializations in global media and communication, critical race studies, political economy, data science, African studies, and climate change.


The successful candidate will possess:

  • a PhD or equivalent in Communication or a cognate discipline, completed within 5 years of the start date;
  • an emerging record of high-quality, peer-reviewed publications in their area(s) of focus, appropriate to career stage; and
  • a proposal for their term comprising some combination of original research, community engagement, or knowledge mobilization that is aligned with the goals of the fellowship.


Research Project Supervisor

Applicants are asked to identify at least two potential supervisors from the Communication and Media Studies faculty as part of their application.


The postdoctoral fellow will be offered a salary of $43,000–50,000 per annum, with the additional ability to opt into an extended health and dental benefit plan. The postdoc will be considered unionized and will be a member of PSAC Local 77000. Information on this bargaining unit can be found here:

Accommodations and Accessibility

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About Carleton University

Located in Ottawa, Carleton is an innovative teaching and research institution with a tradition of leading change. Internationally recognized academics, staff, and researchers engage more than 31,000 students in over 100 programs of study. Our proximity to government and cultural institutions, media, and a thriving knowledge economy make Carleton and Ottawa a great place to work, learn, and live. Our picturesque campus is fully accessible and, along with award-winning student services, Carleton’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities has been heralded as the gold standard for disability support services in Canada. Learn more about our university and the city of Ottawa at

Carleton University is 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 and gender minorities; racialized individuals; Indigenous Peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation and/or expression. We invite you to review our revitalized Indigenous strategy, Kinàmàgawin and visit our Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities for information about our commitment to leadership in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required,
and arrangements will be made in a timely manner. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Candidates who would like to apply for this fellowship opportunity are invited to submit a cover letter, including the names of at least two potential faculty supervisors, along with a CV, two- to three-page research proposal, and writing sample to Laura Gareau, administrative assistant to the program head, at by Friday, January 5, 2024.

Please indicate in your application if you are currently legally eligible to work in Canada.

Carleton understands that career paths vary. Career interruptions will not prejudice the assessment process, and their impact will be taken into careful consideration. We invite candidates to provide an optional statement (1 page max) outlining career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their research activities, following the instructions provided at