Graduate Research Fellowships


CERi’s Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to facilitate community-engaged research through a combination of financial support, mentorship, peer learning and professional development. The program runs for 8 months (from September - April) and is open to all registered graduate students at Simon Fraser University interested in community-engaged research.


Each fellowship consists of:

  • $3,000 in research funding

  • Access to bookable space at CERi’s research hub at 312 Main 

  • Publicity and research profile through CERi’s website and social media channels

  • Mentorship from CERi affiliated scholars and community leaders

  • Monthly cohort check-ins facilitated by CERi staff

  • Networking opportunities and a public forum to share your work

  • A series of professional development workshops related to community-engaged research.

    Workshop topics include: CER Fundamentals; CER Methods;  CER Ethics;  Power, Positionality and Working with Community; CER and Knowledge Mobilization


The program is open to all registered graduate students at Simon Fraser University who are actively practicing community-engaged research or whose research will be undertaken using CER methods. The Graduate Fellowship Program is open to students working on all three SFU campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey. We encourage applications from students working in all disciplines at SFU, including: Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical and Applied Sciences, Health Sciences and Resources and Environmental Management. 

Selection criteria:

  • Background/expertise of applicant: Applicants must be in good academic standing.  The fellowship program aims to support applicants from a diversity of identities by adhering to the University’s goals in relation to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the selection process. Student applications are encouraged from all disciplines and campuses at SFU.

  • Research rationale and impact: The degree to which the research adheres to the principles of community-engaged research.

  • Knowledge mobilization: The degree to which the research includes knowledge mobilization opportunities CERi can support (e.g., brown bag discussion session, podcast interviews, blog post, etc.).


The fellowship runs for 8 months from September - April. Fellows are expected to:

  • Attend monthly cohort check-ins

  • Work at CERi on a part-time basis (as fits your schedule)

  • Provide a short report and presentation on the work accomplished during your Fellowship

  • Support future CERi fellows in a mentoring role by attending at least one workshop/fellows meeting of the 2020-2021 cohort

  • Participate in a CER researchers roundtable at the CERi conference in 2021 to discuss their research

Application deadline

Applications are due July 6th, 2020. Interviews with successful applicant will be held in July 2020.

How to apply

Complete the application form and email it to Joanna Habdank, Program Manager at SFU's Community-Engaged Research Initiative ( Please write “CERi Graduate Fellowship Program” in the subject line.


Fellowships are adjudicated by a committee composed of CERi staff and SFU faculty. 

Application checklist

  • Application form

  • Current Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover letter outlining your interest in CER along with a short description of the proposed research project you’ll be working on

  • Letter of support from your academic supervisor

Forms & templates


Inquiries about the CERi Graduate Fellowship Program should be directed to Joanna Habdank, Program Manager at SFU's Community-Engaged Research Initiative (