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January 6, 2009

30 Youth Ambassadorial Fellowships for Malaria Erradication in Africa - Deadline 15th Jan

There is a youth fellowship being organized by the Tony Blair Interfaith Foundation and
the Interfaith Youth Core. They are accepting applications from Canadians until 15th Jan. '09 for an 8 month internship that will start in Aug. '09. It will include training in the UK, project work in Africa and then promotional work about malaria eradication to the faith based community back in Canada.

The website link for the application page is www.FaithsAct.org

Now accepting applications from interested Fellows and Host Organizations!

In 2009, thirty outstanding young leaders from the US, UK and Canada will reach across faith lines and work together toward building a movement of global social action.


We are now seeking applications from outstanding young people to take part in a brand-new initiative run by the Interfaith Youth Core and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation called the Faiths Act Fellowship.

The Faiths Act Fellowship will empower thirty religiously diverse young leaders from the US, UK and Canada to serve as inter-religious ambassadors for the Millennium Development Goals http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

In August 2009, these young leaders will embark together on a 10 month journey of interfaith service in the fight to eradicate deaths due to malaria. The fellowship begins with two months of intensive training with Tony Blair in London and the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago. Fellows will then be placed with primary health care partners in Africa for a one month intensive immersion program. After having been introduced to the important role of interfaith cooperation in helping fight malaria on the ground in Africa,
Fellows will return to their home countries where they will spend the next 8 months raising awareness and resources. Working in religiously diverse pairs, the young leaders will inspire others in their home communities to take action.

Together, the Faiths Act Fellows will show their faith in a brighter future and prove to the world that Faiths Act.

January 7, 2009

Call for Papers- McGill Graduate Students Conference

The topic of the Graduate Students Conference at McGill this year is:
Performing Self and Community: New Perspectives and Ritual Practice
The conference takes place on March 13 & 14, 2009 at McGill University in Montreal.
Paper Proposals are due: January 16, 2009

One of the goals of the conference is to encourage the interdisciplinary study of religion, and therefore proposals are welcome from graduate students specializing in any scholarly discipline, including, but not limited to:
Art History
Communications/Critical Theory
Cultural Studies
Political Science
Religious Studies
Ritual Studies
As well as other areas of the Humanities

Further information is available on the conference website at:http://rsgs.mcgill.ca/gradconference/

Please note that additional information, and the formal call for papers document is posted in the Graduate Studies Area at the University of Winnipeg.

January 9, 2009

Graduate Student's Association Second Meeting

Hello Everyone!

Just a reminder, there will be a second (potential) Graduate Student's Association Meeting today at 12:00 noon in room 4CM46B (Graduate Studies Lounge).

The meeting is to discuss the possibility of creating a Graduate Student's Association, and various issues that the Association might wish to address.
The meeting will be an open forum-style. I will not be chairing, nor will there be a formal agenda, it is simply to give you an opportunity to get together and discuss your thoughts regarding the creation of this group.

I look forward to seeing you there!


January 12, 2009

$1,000 graduate student travel awards for gender, sex & health researchers

CIHR's Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) is sponsoring a travel awards competition for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working on topics related to gender, sex and health. IGH will award successful candidates with up to $1,000 to help cover the costs of presenting their own research at conferences. The deadline for the current funding competition is February 16, 2009.

Further information about the program and application forms (in English and in French) are available here: IGH Travel Awards for Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows

January 13, 2009

Master of Arts in English with a Focus on Cultural Studies Info Session

The English Department is hosting an Info Session for Humanities and Social Sciences Students.

You can learn more about the new Master's Program at the University accepting it's first students in September 2009.

Master of Arts in English with a Focus on Cultural Studies

Date: Friday, January 16, 2009
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
Location: 1L04

Contact: Jenice Batiforra for more information

January 26, 2009

Aboriginal Governance Program Speaker Series: Elijah Harper



Elijah Harper



In 1990 while sitting as opposition member in the Manitoba Legislature, Elijah Harper blocked the Canadian constitutional amendment known as the Meech Lake Accord. He cited the lack of adequate participation and recognition of Aboriginal people in that process. Later that year, he won the Stanley Knowles Humanitarian Award – the same presented to Nelson Mandela of South Africa. He was then voted as the Newsmaker of the Year in Canada for 1990 by the Canadian Press.

* In December 1995, Mr. Harper held a Sacred Assembly for promoting Aboriginal justice through spiritual reconciliation and healing between non- and Aboriginal peoples that drew wide participation from Canada and overseas.

He was Chief of Red Sucker Lake First Nation (1978 - 1981), Manitoba MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly), Rupertsland Riding (1981 - 1992) As Minister of Northern Affairs he set up the Manitoba Aboriginal Justice Inquiry which included the J.J. Harper and Helen Betty Osborne cases.

One of the most widely recognized Aboriginal leaders from Canada in national and international circles, his numerous awards include the National Aboriginal Achievement Award (1996) and the Commemorative Medal of Canada, from the Governor General of Canada

Elijah is now an activist, promoting human and Aboriginal rights, a registered lobbyist/consultant/advisor to Aboriginal organizations, a public speaker, and involved in charitable work with World Vision in Tanzania, Kenya and the Republic of China (Taiwan).


January 27, 2009

Opportunity for Graduate Students: 2009 Institute of Gender & Health Summer Institute

In June 2009 CIHR's Institute of Gender and Health will host its inaugural summer institute for trainees (graduate students and post-doctoral fellows). The summer institute will take place at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC) from June 23-26, 2009. This residential workshop will offer participants an opportunity to increase their understanding of methods for gender, sex and health research, as well as the opportunities and challenges that arise from the application of these methods. The Summer Institute will also give participants the chance to network with colleagues and mentors from across Canada working in the field of gender, sex and health research.

Applications will be accepted from trainees until March 1, 2009. Application forms and further information about the summer institute are available in both official languages on our website:

CIHR Institute of Gender and Health 2009 Summer Institute: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/38612.html

Application Guidelines and Processes

We are pleased to announce the inaugural CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) Summer Institute to be held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from June 23-26, 2009. The purpose of the 2009 IGH Summer Institute is to provide participants with the opportunity to increase their understanding of methods for gender, sex and health research, as well as the opportunities and challenges that arise from the application of these methods. The Summer Institute will also provide participants with the opportunity to network with colleagues and mentors from across Canada working in the field of gender, sex and health research.

The Summer Institute is aimed at graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who study health issues that involve concepts of gender (social factors) and sex (biological factors), as well as those who want to learn more about incorporating these concepts in their research. We encourage applications from trainees working in a wide range of disciplines that span all of CIHR's research themes (biomedical, clinical, health services, and population health). Preference will be given to doctoral and post-doctoral students, with a limited number of spaces available for Masters-level students who are in their final year of study.

CIHR IGH Summer Institute 2009 Objectives

The objectives of the 2009 IGH Summer Institute are to:

1. Introduce participants to fundamental concepts in gender, sex and health research;
2. Introduce participants to a "menu" of research tools (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods) that can be used in gender, sex and health research;
3. Provide participants with a critical understanding of the relative merits of different methods, as well as current methodological debates and challenges in gender, sex and health research;
4. Offer hands-on opportunities to apply some of these tools to relevant research problems (including, where appropriate, those that align with IGH's strategic research directions) and participants' own programs of research;
5. Foster the creation of an interdisciplinary learning environment (including an interdisciplinary group of peers and mentors); and
6. Provide participants with opportunities for formal and informal networking with a diverse community of peers and mentors, as well as strategies for sustaining these relationships.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

1. Applicants must currently be enrolled in a graduate program or hold a postdoctoral fellowship at a Canadian university. Preference will be given to PhD and postdoctoral students. Masters students may be considered if they are in the final stages of their Masters degrees, have completed their research projects and analyses, and are writing their theses.
2. Applicants must be studying, or interested in, how gender and sex influence health.
3. Applicants must be committed to attending the entire Summer Institute. All participants will arrive at the UBC campus in Vancouver by the evening of Tuesday, June 23, 2009, and will depart in the afternoon on Friday, June 26, 2009.

Travel Expenses

The Summer Institute will cover the following costs:

* Lowest price economy air ticket from the participant's home to Vancouver, BC (domestic flights only).
* Accommodation will be arranged and paid for by the organizers for three nights (Tuesday-Thursday) at Marine Drive Residence on UBC campus. A private bedroom within a four-bedroom shared apartment will be provided for each participant. In addition to the four bedrooms, each apartment includes two washrooms, a lounge area, and a kitchenette.
* All meals during the three days of the Summer Institute will be provided (continental breakfast every morning in the residence, plus lunch, dinner and snacks elsewhere). A light meal will also be provided the evening of Tuesday, June 23, 2009.
* If possible, IGH will arrange transportation to and from the airport. If this is not feasible taxi fares will be reimbursed.

Participants will be held responsible for any incidental transportation or expenses beyond those outlined above.


Please fill in the application form and send it by email or fax (email preferred), along with a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) and a copy of your most recent transcript, to Monica Penner on or before March 1, 2009.

Application Form
HTML <http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/38613.html>
PDF <http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/documents/igh_summer_institute_2009_application_form_e.pdf> (113 KB)
FILLABLE PDF <http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/documents/igh_summer_institute_2009_application_form_fillable_e.pdf> (fillable, 315 KB)
Help <http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/13245.html>

Selection Procedure

An application review committee will select up to 30 students, based upon eligibility criteria, including research interests, range of disciplinary backgrounds, academic qualifications, complete application information, and geographical distribution. Applicants will be contacted as to whether or not they are accepted on or before April 15, 2009.

Questions? Please contact:
Monica Penner
Executive Assistant, CIHR Institute of Gender and Health
Email: ea-igh@exchange.ubc.ca
Fax: 604-822-1622
Phone: 604-827-4470

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