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University of Victoria
Community Research Fellowships
BC Institute for Co-operative Studies

The BC Institute for Co-operative Studies at the University of Victoria invites applications from interested members of the non-academic community, or scholars with no formal university affiliation, to take part as visiting fellows for one to two months, in the stimulating life of enquiry at our Institute.

To provide an opportunity for experienced community practitioners (e.g., community or co-operative developers, leaders of community development initiatives, and others interested in co-operative, community-orientated enterprise) to pursue a course of enquiry aimed at contributing to co-operative and community-based economy.

The Institute is committed to studying, and supporting, the co-operative and community-based economy. That is taken to refer to collective undertakings, not necessarily co-operatives:
•       aimed at providing the needs and wants of some community or group, where any profits are a means of supplying those needs and wants,
•       managed autonomously and by democratic processes, and
•       in which persons and their participation are given priority over capital in the distribution of any surplus.

•       stipend of $ 1,250 up to a maximum of two months
•       office space (including computer, wireless Internet, fax and copy services) in the Institute’s premises in University House 2.

Fellows are expected to:
•       conduct their work in their Institute office;
•       participate actively in the programs and activities of the Institute;
•       give at least one public seminar or lecture on the theme of their research, and
•       acknowledge the Institute in all publications arising from the fellowship, and deposit one copy of such publications in the Institute’s library.
Research products will be eligible for consideration as an occasional paper published by the Institute.

Application Procedure
Applications should include:
1.     a covering letter;
2.     a concise statement of the problem or issue to be explored;
3.     a description of the methodology to be used, e.g., literature review/ analysis, interviews, focus groups, action research, survey, etc. (note that any research involving human subjects will require advance approval of the University of Victoria Ethics Review Board);
4.     a description of the projected outcome of the project, e.g. report, research paper, publication, artistic creation, etc.;
5.     a preliminary bibliography;
6.     a current curriculum vitae;
7.     where applicable, a supporting letter indicating the employer’s approval of the release time and the project objectives; and
8.     the names, appointment and email addresses of three referees.

Application forms should be submitted in electronic form. Paper copies will be accepted only for supporting material (e.g. transcripts and reference letters).

Application Deadline – 5 November 2009

Completed applications should be submitted to Dr. Ana Maria Peredo, Director, BC Institute for Co-operative Studies, University of Victoria. Applications should be sent by email to or by mail or courier to the BC Institute for Co-operative Studies, University House 2, Room 109, PO Box 3060, Victoria, BC V8W3R4.

Selection will be made by the BCICS Program Committee based on the academic merit of the proposal, the views of the referees, and the recent scholarly activity of the candidate. Proposals submitted outside of the regular application deadline schedule may also be considered at the discretion of the director.

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