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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, History of Britain and the British World

The Elizabeth and Cecil Kent Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the History of Britain and the British World

The Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan is pleased to invite applications from qualified early career scholars for the Elizabeth and Cecil Kent Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the History of Britain and the British world. This Fellowship is tenable for two years, commencing September 1, 2017. Recent Fellowship winners (2012 and 2014) have gone on to tenure-stream positions at universities in Canada and the USA.

The terms of the Fellowship stipulate that it is open to any early career scholar working in the field of British History and/or the history of the British world. Applicants must have completed all the requirements for a doctorate in history by August 31, 2017. Proof of a completed PhD/DPhil will be required prior to taking up the Fellowship.  The successful applicant will be engaged with a research project of his or her own design. She or he will be guided by Professor Chris Kent, a specialist in nineteenth and twentieth century British cultural, intellectual, social and women’s/gender histories. While Prof. Kent’s area of expertise is very broad, it is not intended that the Fellowship be limited to those working solely in similar or complementary areas of British history. The Department of History at Saskatchewan has six other scholars who specialize in the history of Britain or the British World (L. Stewart, G. DesBrisay, J. Clifford, F. Klaassen, S. Wright, M. Neufeld), making it one of the leading centres for British studies in Canada. The University of Saskatchewan library, a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), has particularly strong holdings in the fields of British and imperial history including a number of major digital collections such as the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers.

The Fellowship carries an annual salary of $45,000 with a research allowance of $2,500 per annum. As per the University of Saskatchewan regulations governing post-doctoral fellowships, this is primarily a research position, but fellows are permitted to teach one 3-credit unit (c.u.) course per year. Such teaching, paid at the sessional rate of $6,600 per 3 c.u. course would be in addition to the PDF salary, and dependent upon the History Department’s annual timetabling requirements and budgetary position.

Please note: applications are welcome from scholars who completed a doctorate in the five years prior to the anticipated start date of the Fellowship, i.e. after August 31, 2012. Scholars with a PhD/DPhil. thesis which was either submitted or successfully defended prior to August 31, 2012 are not eligible to apply.

The Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan is a very strong, mid-sized department of twenty full-time faculty members with a vibrant research culture, a large graduate program (with approximately 65 PhD and MA students) and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching. Faculty members work in a range of thematic areas, including: Indigenous history, Environmental history, the Prairies and North American West, Health, Medicine, Science and Occultism, History and Politics of Memory, Gender and Sexuality, Colonial and Post-Colonial Histories, Twentieth-Century Politics, Culture and Foreign Relations. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Department of History website for more details:

The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a growing city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a thriving arts community and a wide variety of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities, and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of about 22,000. The University is one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities.

The College of Arts & Science offers a dynamic combination of programs in the humanities and fine arts, the social sciences and the sciences. There are over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students in the College and 350 Faculty members, including 12 Canada Research Chairs. The College emphasizes student and faculty research, interdisciplinary programs, community outreach and international opportunities.

The University of Saskatchewan is committed to employment equity. We therefore encourage applications from members of designated groups (women, Aboriginal people, visible minorities and people with disabilities) and we urge them to self-identify on their applications. All qualified candidates will be considered, but Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority (please indicate your status).

Applicants should have a proven record of scholarly publication and a plan for a research program that expands upon their doctoral research. Applications should include a CV, letters of reference from three referees, a brief research proposal (1000 words), and a writing sample. Electronic submissions are encouraged.

Closing date for applications:  February 14, 2017.

Please arrange for applications and supporting letters to be sent directly to:

Jenna Way, History Department
Room 619, Arts Building
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 5A5 

Email: Jenna Way,

cc:, Chair, Kent Postdoc Search Committee 

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.