Science 4 Refugees

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Refugee Sponsorship and Integration

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    The Refugee Hub
    Political sciencesGovernance
    Political sciencesPolicy studies
    Political sciencesPublic policy
    Political sciencesScience and society
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Leading Researcher (R4)
    05/04/2021 23:00 - America/New York
    Canada › Ottawa


Postdoctoral Fellowship: Refugee Sponsorship and Integration 

Start date: Flexible (but ideally by 15 May 2021) 

Duration: Two-year fellowship 

Salary range: $45,000, plus benefits 

Supervision: co-supervised by Prof. Jennifer Bond, Managing Director, and Nathan Benson, Research Director of the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub 


Fellowship Description  

We are seeking a skilled and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Fellow to pursue an innovative research program with a focus on refugee sponsorship and its impact on integration outcomes for sponsored newcomers. The successful candidate will also be a key member of the Refugee Hub’s Research, Policy and Law portfolio, collaborating closely with the Director, the Senior Research Analyst and other members of the Refugee Hub team. 



SPRING Project  

The successful applicant will play a key role in implementing the Canadian component of the Sustainable Practices in Integration (SPRING) Project: a two-year (March 2021 – March 2023), EU-based project that is funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Commission and led by the Fondazione ISMU

The Refugee Hub is an international partner of the SPRING consortium, and its Canada-based project contributions are supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (PI: Prof. Jennifer Bond). 

The primary Refugee Hub project contributing to SPRING will be a qualitative investigation into certain aspects of private refugee sponsorship – in particular, the use of sponsor-led settlement plans as a tool for volunteer-based integration support for refugees. Refugee sponsorship is the most established example of community-led newcomer integration in the world, and Canada provides the essential context to study these practices, given its 40+ year history of implementing refugee sponsorship. This research aims to understand how sponsorship groups function as ‘communities of practice’ within the Canadian resettlement system, examining a specific policy lever—the settlement plan—that makes this possible. Project leads will interview Canadian sponsors and civil society organizations providing integration and settlement supports, investigating how sponsors work with different settlement providers and actors to access integration services. 

The project will also draw upon social network theory, examining how social networks of actors (including refugee sponsor groups) function within the Canadian resettlement landscape and contribute to integration of newcomers into Canadian society. 




Tasks associated with this role include leading the Refugee Hub’s qualitative research under the SPRING Project (2021 – 2023). Key deliverables for this project include: 

  • Desk research: preparing comprehensive literature reviews on Canadian refugee integration (and related topics). 
  • Conducting field work (semi-structured interviews) of between 40-60 (approx.) research participants across the refugee sponsorship and settlement support field in Canada.  
  • Project management of the qualitative research project, including preparation of ethics applications and yearly progress and outcome reports.  
  • Co-organization and presentation of outcomes to international audiences (including the SPRING consortium). 
  • Co-authoring two academic articles with PI and project collaborators on project outcomes. 

The successful applicant will also contribute knowledge and expertise to other Refugee Hub projects and initiatives focused on refugee sponsorship and newcomer integration. 




  • A doctoral degree in the social sciences or humanities. Applicants who have completed their doctoral dissertation and are awaiting final submission and/or graduation will also be considered.  
  • Focus of doctoral research and academic background (in at least one, preferably two of the following areas): migration studies, refugee studies, community sponsorship of refugees, refugee resettlement, newcomer integration. 
  • Outstanding written communication and knowledge transfer skills in English 
  • Outstanding research skills: experience designing, managing, and leading high-quality qualitative research projects in a post-secondary research context. 

The following skills and experience will be considered assets: 

  • Methodology: experience applying social network theory to qualitative investigations 
  • Scholarship on relevant topics 



How to apply 

Please apply through BambooHR https://refugeehub.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=16. The deadline for submitting applications is 5 April 2021 at 11.59PM Eastern Standard Time. Your application should include the following:  

  • A cover letter; 
  • A complete curriculum vitae; and 
  • A two-page (max) statement of interest, describing your research interests that are relevant to this position and your capability to meet the requirements of the role as set out above.  

The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. 

In keeping with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, the University of Ottawa will provide accommodations upon request during the recruitment, selection and assessment process for candidates with a disability. 

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Offer Requirements

    Political sciences: PhD or equivalent
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
The Refugee Hub (University of Ottawa)
K1N 6N5
554 King Edward Ave

EURAXESS offer ID: 612673


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