Graduate Research Fellowships


CERi’s Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to facilitate community-engaged research through a combination of community-building, 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 series of professional development workshops related to community-engaged research.
    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 

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

Application deadline

Applications are due July 5th, 2021. Interviews with successful applicants will be held in July 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., brown bag discussion session, podcast interviews, blog post, etc.).


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

  • Attend monthly cohort check-ins

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

  • Provide a short presentation on the work accomplished at the Research Fellowship Showcase event

  • Support future CERi fellows in a mentoring role by attending at least one workshop/fellows meeting of the 2022-2023 cohort

  • Participate in a CER researchers roundtable at the CERi conference in 2022 to discuss their research


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