Vacancy for Research Fellow for a Research Project on “Addressing Islamophobia in Western Contexts”


The Institute for Religious and Socio-Political Studies (I-RSS) is seeking a research fellow for a research project on “Addressing Islamophobia in Western Contexts.” This is a short-term, temporary opportunity beginning May 1 with 1 final report (5-8000 words) to be written by June 15, 2021.

Topic: Given the ongoing prevalence of structural Islamophobia and increase in overt anti-Muslim hatred and violence in Canada and other western contexts, this research aims to identify approaches to addressing Islamophobia that have been developed and implemented in other western contexts at both the governmental policy and the community levels. Successes and failures will both be examined. This research will be interdisciplinary, community-driven and actionable.The fellow will work with I-RSS Research Director Nakita Valerio to address this topic. 


  • Conducting research into the above topic, the design of which will be developed in collaboration with I-RSS’s Research Director
  • Producing required deliverables for the project
  • Drafting project reports for submission to I-RSS Research Director and keeping regular communication, to be determined;
  • Other tasks as necessary to ensure project success. 

Qualifications: Masters or PhD from Social Sciences or Humanities in hand preferred; Knowledge of academic literature on Muslim in Canada and discourses around Islamophobia; Legally eligible to work in Canada.

Location:  Remote, in Canada applicants only.

Compensation: $1500, approximately 50- 60 hours 

Applications: Please send a short cover letter, CV and 2 writing samples to by April 20, 2021.