PhD fellowship in Critical Disability Studies

The Engendering Disability Inclusive Development (EDID) Partnership Project invites applications for a PhD fellowship in Critical Disability Studies at Carleton University in Canada. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2020-27), EDID brings together researchers, decision-makers and civil society organizations from Canada, Haiti, South Africa, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uganda, Australia and Malta.

Objectives: EDID aims to implement rights and ensure justice for diverse girls and women with disabilities by:

1) uncovering, creating, and sharing knowledge about their struggles for and progress toward disability-inclusive development, including asking how women and girls with disabilities are included and represented in discussions of rights and justice; and

2) engendering or creating and putting into practice disability-inclusive development policies that are essential to removing barriers and cultivating the conditions for inclusion and participation.

We enthusiastically invite applications for a PhD fellowship in Critical Disability Studies at Carleton University. The objective of this fellowship is to provide an opportunity for training a doctoral student in Critical Disability Studies with a focus on working with women and girls with disabilities in Vietnam. The successful candidate will work with Professor Xuan Thuy Nguyen in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. Potential applicants may apply for a doctoral program at Carleton University through the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Law and Legal Studies, or the Institute of Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture.

The fellowship is valued at CAN 15,000/year over 4 years (2021-2025), with a possibility of renewal in the fifth year of the project. You will also have a valuable opportunity to work in collaboration with an international research team with interdisciplinary scholars and activists in Political Science, International Development Studies, and Critical Disability Studies in Vietnam, Canada, Haiti, and South Africa over the duration of the fellowship. If the incoming PhD student is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you are also eligible for a $2,000 top-up fellowship per year, up to a maximum of four years. The successful candidate may be eligible for an admission funding package and graduate student travel awards when applying to Carleton.

Eligibility: 1st year PhD student in Critical Disability Studies or related disciplines; 2nd year MA students with an interest in pursuing a PhD at Carleton University are eligible to apply. Disabled, women, LGBTQ+ and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Qualifications: The applicant should have a MA in Critical Disability Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, or related disciplines; the applicant should be interested in and/or have some experience working in the global South; excellent writing and research skills; experience working with women and girls with disabilities is an asset. Ability to communicate in Vietnamese is not a requirement but would be an asset.

The application package should include: 1) A cover letter (1 page); 2) A Curriculum Vitae (2-3 pages), and 3) a writing sample (approximately 8-10 pages, double-spaced).

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

The application must be sent electronically in one pdf file and submitted to Dr. Xuan Thuy Nguyen at Please use the subject title: PHD FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION_ CRITICAL DISABILITY STUDIES_LAST NAME.

Deadline: June 30th, 2021.

For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Xuan Thuy Nguyen at

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