Human Security Postdoctoral Fellowship at UBC

22 June 2011
The Liu Institute for Global Issues, at the University of British Columbia, invites applications from outstanding researchers to hold a Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) at the Institute, beginning as early as 1 September 2011

*** Call for Applications ***

The Institute regards human security as a multi-dimensional objective with the overall goal of protecting individuals. It is interested in scholars working on all aspects of human security, particularly those whose work fits within the Institute’s three broad themes of Social Justice, Sustainability and Security. Applications are invited from promising scholars with doctorates in either the social or natural sciences and especially encourage applications from scholars in developing countries.


The Institute’s current areas of research are in sustainability, security, and social justice. The Institute is particularly interested in emerging issues that affect large groups of people in different places and need concerted action and new knowledge to find solutions.

The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to enhance the Institute’s interdisciplinary research and learning environment by supporting the Liu Scholars Program, and through involvement with Liu Postdoctoral Fellows, Faculty and Faculty Associates. The Postdoctoral Fellow should expect to participate in Liu events during their Fellowship and present their research in public talks at the Institute.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will have the opportunity to:

  • Organize retreats, conferences, and coauthoring workshops;
  • Profile and publish their research on the Institute’s website;
  • Participate in Liu events, including meeting in small invited groups with world-renowned experts;
  • Engage policymakers, community and business leaders and activists; and,
  • Develop and enhance their research and career goals through interaction with Liu faculty members, associates and distinguished fellows.


Postdoctoral Fellows with two-year terms are invited to teach a graduate course in global issues (these should be innovative, interdisciplinary, and issue-based courses not offered elsewhere at UBC). Course proposals should be included in the application.


Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent (or expect to receive a PhD before the start of the fellowship) obtained within the three-year period prior to the start of the fellowship (e.g., received their PhD on or after 1 September 2008 if the start date is 1 September 2011). Outstanding candidates from around the world are encouraged to apply. International applicants are expected to have a good working knowledge of English.

Duration and Tenure of Fellowship

The Fellowship will be awarded for one or two years, with one year fellowships being renewable for an additional year, subject to satisfactory performance. The award must be taken up before 1 January 2012. International recipients will be provided with support documentation but will be responsible for obtaining appropriate visas and permits. Applicants should indicate their preference for a one- or two-year term.

Value of the Fellowship

The Human Security Postdoctoral Fellowship is valued at CAN$40,000 per year, plus benefits.

Research and fieldwork funds of CAN$5,000 are available to Liu Postdoctoral Fellows upon request; these requests should support the Institute’s interdisciplinary research and learning environment, as well as the planned research of the Fellow.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will also receive office space and full access to meeting rooms, conference facilities, and staff support at the Institute. Among other things, the Institute can assist with:

  • Organizing interdisciplinary research groups;
  • Grant applications, retreats, conferences, and coauthoring workshops;
  • Connecting with policymakers and activists.

The offices of the Institute are fully equipped including a computer, standard software, connection to a network printer and the Internet, an email account, if needed, and a phone with voice-mail. Office space in the Institute is limited and the Postdoctoral Fellow must use the Institute office as their primary office.


To apply, please email or mail the following to Sally Reay (

  • Letter of application, including an explanation of why you would like to join the Liu Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.  (e.g., How do you see the Liu Postdoctoral Fellowship Program contributing to your learning/career goals? How will it build upon your prior interests and accomplishments? How do you envision contributing to the mission and activities at the Liu Institute?).
  • Please also propose a Liu faculty member to work with you during your time as Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • Current academic CV;
  • A 1-page abstract of your PhD dissertation;
  • Statement of your proposed research (max. 3 pages);
  • Two letters of reference
  • A proposal for a graduate course in global issues (if desired).

Applications are accepted immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin 30 June 2011. The position may be taken up as early as 1 September 2011, and no later than 1 January 2012.

Mailing Address:
Liu Institute for Global Issues
University of British Columbia
6476 Marine Drive NW
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2

Requirements for Fellowship Holders

Liu Postdoctoral Fellowship holders will be required to submit a progress report annually as well as a final report at the end of their fellowship term. Fellowship holders will be expected to acknowledge Liu Institute support at presentations or seminars and in published material that result from their Liu Institute supported research.