Student Funding Opportunity: Dr. Rebecca Schiff

Prospective students at the Masters or PhD levels, with interest in the following areas,  are invited to contact Dr. Schiff for more details on current funding opportunities: housing & health, community housing, cooperative housing, intentional communities, harm reduction, mental health & addictions, family and domestic violence, homelessness, northern determinants of health

For more information on these funding opportunities please contact Dr. Rebecca Schiff at


Masters Position in Fisheries Governance in the Lake Superior Region: Dr. Charles Levkoe

Dr. Charles Levkoe is seeking an exceptional candidate to undertake Masters or PhD research on issues of agroecology, food security, food sovereignty, ecological and social health, food policy and governance and/or food systems sustainability. Given the scope and potential impacts of food systems, it is particularly critical to understand their dynamics as they emerge and evolve in response to their surroundings within a context geared primarily toward the dominant industrial system. The successful candidate will be expected to work effectively in the dynamic area of food systems, develop meaningful partnerships with community-based practitioners, actively work toward establishing a strong publication record, and assist in seeking external funding.

Funding Year(s): ongoing

Value:  The values for each opportunity vary; funding may also include, entrance scholarships, a graduate assistantship, as well as travel and research funding

How to Apply:  Please send a letter of interest, a CV, transcripts and the names of two references to Charles Levkoe  Candidates will also need to apply (by the appropriate deadline) to an appropriate department at Lakehead University.

Program Applicable To: This opportunity is open to students registered in any program at Lakehead University.

Funding Level: Masters or PhD


Masters Position with the Lake Superior Living Labs Network: Dr. Charles Levkoe, Dr. Lindsay Galway

Lakehead University is looking for an exceptional candidate to undertake Ph.D. level research relating to campus sustainability funded through the Lake Superior Living labs Network (LSLLN). We are offering funding of $10,000/year for three years (providing satisfactory performance and pending funding availability). Additional funding may be available through a Graduate Assistant position valued at an additional $12,304 per year (benefits included). 


The Lake Superior Living Labs Network has evolved from relationships between Lakehead University, the University of Minnesota Duluth, Algoma University and a number of non-profit organizations, First Nations and tribal governments across the Lake Superior watershed. The LSLLNworks with new and existing academic and community partners to increase the impact of sustainability related teaching, research, and action, with a focus identifying innovative solutions to issues at the nexus of water and land, climate, and health.

Students with familiarity and interest in campus-community partnership, sustainability, and/or issues at the nexus of water and land, climate, and health are encouraged to apply. 

The successful Masters candidate will actively support the emerging research and organization of the Living Labs Network working with a range of community partners across the Lake Superior Watershed. Additionally, the student will be expected to actively work towards establishing a strong publication record and assisting in seeking external funding. A successful applicant would begin their studies in September 2020.

Funding Year(s): 2019-2023

Value: $30,000 (The values for each opportunity vary)

How to Apply:  To apply for this position, please send a letter of interest, a CV, transcripts and the names of two references via email to C. Levkoe (  Candidates will also need to apply (by the appropriate deadline) to undertake their Masters at Lakehead University. Please direct any questions to   

Award Category: Scholarship/Travel & Research funding

Funding Level: Masters


Masters Position in Sustainable and Equitable Food Systems: Dr. Charles Levkoe

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 2020 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): 2020/2021

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: Saturday, February 1, 2020

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