John Lemieux Student Fellowship Program - 2021/2022


 

 

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University invites applications for its John Lemieux Student Fellowship Program for the 2021/2022 academic year. The program offers an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students at Concordia University to gain an experiential learning experience  and develop practical skills in the field of human rights.

The Youth Fellowship program is designed for individuals at Concordia University who are committed to the promotion and protection of human rights, in particular in the fields of mass atrocity prevention, human security, peacebuilding and emerging technologies. It provides Fellows with the opportunity to learn about and deepen their understanding of human rights, strengthen skills in developing project proposals and organizing events, gain first-hand exposure to human rights mechanisms, and to meet with a wide-range of stakeholders in Montreal, Canada and internationally.

Remuneration and Length of Program

  • $5000 per Fellowship
  • Working hours: 10 hours per week
  • The Fellowship will last from mid-September 2021 to mid-April 2022 (8 months)

Fellowship Requirement and Qualifications

Candidates enrolled in an undergraduate or  graduate-level university program at Concordia in the field of international relations, political science, public policy, communications, journalism and religion, amongst others. Successful applicants will have an excellent academic record and work experience in the field is considered an asset.

The Youth Fellows will be expected to contribute to MIGS’ mandate. More particularly, MIGS is offering 3 Fellowships for the following projects:

1. Principles for Peace

Principles for Peace is a global participatory initiative to re-frame the current narrow, exclusionary, and flawed way peace processes are understood and implemented. For this project, the Student Fellow will be expected to work closely with MIGS’ Senior Fellow Romeo Dallaire.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•   Write a variety of reports, communications, briefings, etc.

• . Provide assistance with administrative tasks.

• . Assist in planning and coordinating activities and capacity building activities.

• Identify avenues to grow visibility and impact of the project and aid in researching funding opportunities for the project.

•   Assist MIGS’ staff in preparing and drafting grant applications.

•   Conduct targeted research and desk review on specific questions and developments.

•   Other related duties as required

2. Hate Speech and Emerging Tech

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•   Provide assistance with administrative tasks

• . Assist in organizing and planning events related to technology and hate speech at the national and international level, as required.

• . Write a variety of briefings, communications, etc.

•   Conduct research and analysis of developments in the field of tech and human rights.

•   Aid in researching funding opportunities to expand MIGS’ current initiatives and identify avenues to grow the project

•   Assist MIGS’ staff in preparing and drafting grant applications and op-eds.

•   Maintaining contact with partners, Fellows, and speakers, and them as appropriate.

•   Other related duties as required.

3. Digital Authoritarianism

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•   Provide assistance with administrative tasks

•   Assist in organizing and planning events at the national and international level, particularly MIGS’ annual AI and Human Rights Forum.

•   Aid in researching funding opportunities to expand MIGS’ current initiatives and identify avenues to grow the project.

•   Assist MIGS’ staff in preparing and drafting grant applications and op-eds.

•   Conduct research on potential speakers for events related to technology and hate speech.

•   Maintaining contact with partners, Fellows, and speakers, and them as appropriate.

•   Other related duties as required.

Selection Criteria

A review panel will use the application materials to consider if applicants possess the skills and capacities needed for the Fellowship. In assessing each application, MIGS will consider:

-        Research/advocacy contribution : The candidate’s knowledge in human rights-related areas and existent? contribution to the field, especially the degree to which it complements MIGS’ priorities.

-        Multi-disciplinary perspective: Demonstrated track record of engagement across multiple disciplines or plans to work across disciplines;

-        The candidate’s ability to deliver on commitments;

Application and Deadline

Applications must be submitted by email to migs@concordia.ca  by 15 October 2021 at the latest.

Applicants must write an application letter on how they would contribute to MIGS’ projects and team, and should also send an up to date CV and their recent transcripts.

Learn more and apply: https://www.concordia.ca