Call for Applications

Gender, Migration and the Work of Care
A Research Project supported by the
Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Centre for Global Social Policy, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

Doctoral Associate Program

The Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care project is pleased to announce a research support opportunity for doctoral candidates working in areas connected with its foci. The overall project consists of eight interconnected multi-national research initiatives directed toward investigating how the (re-)organization of care is influencing global migration of care workers, and what this means for gender inequalities, social developments, and global governance. These research initiatives examine the social, cultural, and political construction of care; social, economic, and political conditions that are affecting the demand for care and the supply of care workers, and; the living and working conditions of migrant care workers. For information about each project, visit the CGSP website (

We are now accepting applications for our Doctoral Associates Program. The program will support the work of promising PhD students conducting research relevant to at least one of the eight initiatives of the Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care project. Up to five applicants will be accepted for 2017-18. Successful Doctoral Associates will receive an allowance of up to $3,000 to support their doctoral research work. They will also have opportunities to work and network with Canadian and international scholars in the field and gain experience interacting with policy and NGO community partners. Finally, the project will support Doctoral Associates in disseminating their research outcomes to expert and general audiences through various channels such as CGSP workshop presentations and the CGSP website, social media postings and profiles.

Program Responsibilities:

The Doctoral Associates Program offers a research allowance to a select number of PhD students at the thesis research stage. The fund is aimed at supporting individual research work, including fieldwork, academic travel, research supplies, and other costs directly associated to research. Associates are expected to carry out their research, disseminate their work, and develop useful network ties with key agents and institutions in the field. Associates must provide the following outcomes 12 months after the start of the program:

  • A description of research milestones that were reached
  • Evidence of network connections established with leading and/or upcoming researchers and decision makers in the area of gender, migration, and care work
  • Evidence of presentations and/or in-progress publications from their related research
  • A description of how the $3,000 allowance was used to further their research.
  • A write-up describing their research question, methodological approach, and (preliminary) findings


Doctoral Associates must be PhD students who are ABD (have successfully defended their dissertation proposal) and whose dissertation work is relevant to at least one of the nine Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care projects.

  • Applicants may or may not be working with a project lead or partner of the Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care project
  • Applicants may be from any relevant discipline
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a recognized university or college
  • Applicants may or may not be a Canadian citizen, and may or may not be working within Canada
  • Applicants must be conducting part or all of their research on North American, Asian, and/or Asian Pacific countries, their citizens, and/or their migrant workers


Complete applications must include a cover letter; a letter of intent no longer than two pages describing the relevant research, the milestones to be achieved by the end of the program, and plans for use of funds; a curriculum vitae, and; two letters of recommendation (one must be from the applicant’s dissertation committee chair). Single-file applications must be submitted electronically by email to Letters of recommendation must be emailed directly from the referee using his/her institutional e-mail account.Applications will be accepted until May 31, with winners selected and informed by the end of June. Only complete applications will be considered for review.

For questions about the program and eligibility, please contact Deanna Pikkov, Interim Research Associate, by email at or by phone at 1-416-978-6351.