Research Assistant in Northern Food Systems

The Food Security Research Network and the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University are looking for up to three exceptional candidates to conduct Northern food policy research as part of the Master of Health Sciences program. The student will support ongoing research on northern food systems starting in September 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Rebecca Schiff and Dr. Charles Levkoe. A graduate assistantship of $10,000 will be matched with a SSHRC research assistantship of $5,000, pending budgetary approval, through the FLEdGE (Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged) partnership grant.  

Topics of study will include:

  • Policies that influence availability and accessibility of local fish to enhance community well-being and social entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Policies of food safety and agriculture as mechanisms that enhance and/or challenge food production and processing in northern Ontario.
  • Policies that influence the harvesting of forest food including berries, mushrooms, and wild rice.

Funding Year(s): 2018/2019

Eligibility:  A Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline is needed. Strong interest in food systems and community development in a northern context is required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are also required.

To apply for this position, please send a letter of interest, a CV, unofficial transcript(s) and the names of two references via email to Informal inquiries are welcome. The candidates will also be required to officially apply for Graduate Studies at Lakehead University and meet the associated requirements. The preferred start date for this position is September 2017 and applications will be considered as they are submitted.

How to Apply:   Contact Dr. Levkoe for specific details

Internal Deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2018

Award Category:  Award

Comments: For more Health Sciences funding opportunities, see our Student Funding Opportunities page

Funding Source: External

Programs Applicable To:  Health Sciences

Funding Level: Masters


Health Sciences Student Funding Opportunity: Dr. Vicki Kristman

For September 2018 admissions, all applicants to a program with Specialization in Epidemiology, and proposing to conduct a thesis with Dr. Vicki Kristman, will be considered for an additional Entrance Scholarship of $6,000. Preference will be given to MHSc applicants. Two awards of $6,000 each will be available to the most competitive applicants for 2018 entry. This Epidemiology Entrance Scholarship is made available through part of Dr. Vicki Kristman's CIHR New Investigator Award.

Dr. Kristman is also seeking to support a Master's thesis student to work on a CIHR-funded project titled "Work disability prevention in Ontario: testing a supervisor training intervention". A stipend of $16,000 plus $3,000 for travel and expenses is available to support a student over the two-year Master’s program, preferably a MHSc student. The student will be expected to contribute to the project and conduct a secondary analysis of data from this project for their thesis. Please contact Dr. Kristman for more details on the project.

Funding Year(s): 2018/2019

Value: $16,000.00

The values for each opportunity vary

How to Apply:  No specific application required beyond application to the program specifying interest in the "Work disability prevention in Ontario" project.  It is recommended that you contact Dr. Kristman for specific details before preparing your application.

Internal Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2018

Award Category: Scholarship

Comments:  For more Health Sciences funding opportunities, see our Student Funding Opportunities page

Funding Source: Internal

Programs Applicable To: 

Funding Level: Masters