PhD Fellowship in Indigenous Crimean Tatar Studies

The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) and the Faculty of Native Studies (FNS), University of Alberta, are pleased to announce a new doctoral fellowship in Indigenous Crimean Tatar Studies.

The fellowship will provide the opportunity for an eligible emerging scholar to pursue doctoral study of Crimean Tatar history, culture, and society from an Indigenous studies perspective at the Faculty of Native Studies, in partnership with CIUS. The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Faculty of Arts, is a global leader in the field of Ukrainian studies. The institute is dedicated to the production, preservation, and dissemination of expert knowledge about Ukraine and Ukrainians in Canada and worldwide. The Faculty of Native Studies is a world leader in the multi-dimensional discipline of Indigenous Studies. The only autonomous academic unit of its kind in North America, it is research-oriented, student-centred, and community-engaged.

This fellowship has been initiated in response to the acute need for supporting and strengthening Indigenous Crimean Tatar studies and to foster a robust intellectual connection between Crimean Tatar studies and Indigenous studies, globally and in Canada in particular. Indigenous studies in Canada is a leader in the international community of Indigenous scholars in the pursuit of knowledge, resurgence of Indigenous knowledge systems, and development of sustained and successful practices of decolonization. It is our hope that this doctoral fellowship will lead to the development of new and important intersections between the discipline of Indigenous studies and the field of Crimean Tatar studies.



Applicants must have a completed Master of Arts (MA) degree or equivalent in a humanities, social science, or other relevant discipline with 3.3 GPA or equivalent in the last two years of study.

Applicants will be required to submit a two-page dissertation project proposal, in which they should detail both their research plan in Crimean Tatar studies and their connection to the Crimean Tatar people. It is expected that applicants will demonstrate scholarly research experience in Crimean Tatar history, culture, language, politics, or other related area of study.

To be considered, applicants must meet the entrance requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies as well as demonstrate proficiency in the English language, which is the primary language of instruction at the UofA. The successful applicant will also need to apply for, and receive, a visa to study in Canada. It is also expected that the student will be a resident in Edmonton for the award.

Knowledge of the Ukrainian language is required. Junior scholars who have a knowledge of the Ukrainian language are eligible, with preference accorded to applicants from Ukraine.


Method of application

This competition is open for the academic year 2024/25, with a 1 September 2024 start date.

Interested applicants should submit an application following the Faculty of Native Studies application process (see the application requirements link below). Applicants will submit transcripts from all previous university/college study, a two-page research statement, a curriculum vitae, and three academic reference letters (in English) by 3 April 2024.

For full details on application requirements, click here.




C$30,000.00 (per year for 4 years)


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