Graduate Research Fellowships


CERi’s Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to facilitate community-engaged research through a combination of community connection, 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.


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.

Testimonials from past fellows

As an international student the fellowship allowed me to get to know people, the region, the experience of communities and the great work that goes on in the Vancouver area.

The CERi program definitely opened my eyes to a new way of approaching my research.

Community has always been very important to me and coming to CERi I was always on the lookout for how to care for the community and how to make this research reciprocal. I found a lot of resources being a CERi fellow to inform this and put it into practice.

There’s such a long list of skills and experiences that I’ve gained from this fellowship. Being a fellow really inspired me to do more community-engaged research.


Each fellowship consists of:

  • $3,000 in research funding
  • A 14-hour total offering of seven monthly, two-hour professional development workshops related to community-engaged research, plus additional (optional) opportunities to participate in the CERi community
  • Access to bookable research space at CERi located at 312 Main 
  • A series of professional development workshops related to community-engaged research. Fellows can choose to participate in the workshops in person in the CERi space at 312 Main in Vancouver or online via Zoom.

Workshop topics include: CER Methods; CER Ethics; Power, Positionality and Working with Community; Knowledge Mobilization; Decolonizing Practices in CER and more. 

  • Publicity and research profile through CERi’s website, public forums and social media channels
  • Mentorship from CERi affiliated scholars and community leaders
  • Monthly cohort check-ins facilitated by CERi staff
  • Community-building opportunities and networking

Workshop dates: Wednesday afternoons, 1:30-3:30pm Pacific Time, a hybrid offering in person at 312 Main in Vancouver and online via Zoom.

  • Session 1 (2 hours): September 22 
  • Session 2 (2 hours): Wednesday, Oct. 20
  • Session 3 (2 hours): Wednesday, November 17
  • Session 4 (2 hours): Wednesday, January 19
  • Session 5 (2 hours): Wednesday, March 2
  • Session 6 (2 hours): Wednesday, April 6
  • Session 7 (2 hours): Final Fellowship Showcase: Wednesday, April 27

Application deadline

Applications are due July 26th, 2021. Interviews with successful applicants will be held in August 2021.

Forms & templates

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., connecting with or publishing work through popular media outlets, community storytelling events, "lunch and learn" discussion sessions, podcast interviews, blog posts, etc.).

Requirements and opportunities

The fellowship runs for 8 months from September, 2021 - April, 2022. Fellows are invited to:

  • Participate in monthly capacity building workshops with the fellowship cohort, facilitated by CERi staff on monthly Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-3:30pm.
  • Provide a short presentation on the work accomplished at CERi's Research Fellowship Showcase event taking place towards the end of the fellowship program in April 2022.

There will also be opportunities for Fellows to:

  • Participate as an active member of the CER community, including taking part  in CERi community events;
  • Connect with past and future CERi Fellows; 
  • Participate in a CER researchers roundtable at the CERi Horizons conference, to be held in May 2022; and,
  • Use CERi's workspace as a community meeting venue or personal workspace during your time in the fellowship program.


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

Quick links

How to apply

Complete the application form and gather additional required documents as outlined in the application checklist. Submit your complete application package via email to Joanna Habdank, Program Manager at SFU's Community-Engaged Research Initiative (

Please name your documents “Your full name_Document name” and write “CERi Graduate Fellowship Program” in the email subject line.


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

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

    *Note: In the event your academic supervisor is not immediately available to provide a letter of support during the application period, we will accept supporting letters from academic supervisors up to the fellowship program start date of September 22, 2021.