Post-Doc Fellowships in Disability Studies

Feb 05, 2020

The School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University is pleased to announce two Post-Doctoral Fellowship opportunities for 2020. The deadlines for application are due in less than one month. 

Please find the details for each below. Questions can be directed via email to Dr. Esther Ignagni at

The Ethel Louise Armstrong Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Disability Studies

The School of Disability Studies in the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University invites applications for the Ethel Louise Armstrong Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Disability Studies. With a gift from the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, this fellowship was established to further the scholarly contributions of disabled women. It is intended for a disabled woman who has completed doctoral studies within the past five (5) years in any discipline that advances scholarship related to Disability Studies. 


Based in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson, the incumbent will be expected to:
  • Enhance and expand the scholarship of the School as a site for disability/Deaf/Mad studies
  • Design and implement a relevant program of research and publication
  • Seek opportunities for collaborative research and publication
  • Deliver an annual public lecture on their research
  • Engage with and contribute to the collegial life in and around the School
  • Write interim and final reports on fellowship achievements

This opportunity is for a two-year term beginning September 2020. Application deadline is March 1st, 2020.

Please note: This opportunity is open to scholars who self-identify as women, trans, gender fluid, non binary and/or two-spirited.

Tanis Doe Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Disability and Social Justice

The Tanis Doe post-doctoral fellowship will provide an opportunity for emerging scholarship on animating disability movements in Canada and globally.

Tanis Doe, the fellowship’s namesake, was a Fulbright Scholar and a professor at universities across Canada and the United States. As a Métis deaf woman with other disabilities, Doe was a widely respected disability rights advocate and active in local and international disability, queer and feminist movements.

Dr. Doe held spaces between academia and community, recognizing that each contribute to ensuring that our histories and the complexities of our lives are not forgotten. This fellowship allows for research that continues Dr. Doe’s work that centred the experiences of communities who worked to prevent institutional brutality, oppose colonialism, and foster social justice.

The Tanis Doe Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) in Gender, Disability and Social Justice will support the existing philosophy of the School of Disability Studies and its commitment to engaging and transforming exclusionary cultural, social and political systems. 

Particularly, we welcome applications with research programs that employ transnational, diaspora, post-colonial and/or Black Disability Studies.

The Tanis Doe Postdoctoral Fellow will:

  • Be a scholar who identifies as disabled/Deaf/mad
  • Advance social justice scholarship that critically addresses understandings of and approaches to gender and disability identity, social relations and systems. Create and implement a program of research that contributes to and/or extends research directions in the School of Disability Studies
  • Demonstrate productivity and skills in research proposals and grant management, scholarly publications, and knowledge mobilization that is innovative, accessible and public
  • Engage and animate disability movements through activism, community and professional practice
  • Contribute to the School’s culture of collegial exchange by maintaining a presence within the School
  • Engage with students in the School of Disability Studies, the Faculty of Community Services, and broadly with Ryerson University by fostering collaborative relationships, and opportunities for service. 

This opportunity is for two years beginning May 1, 2020. Application deadline is March 1st 2020.

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