ISER Purpose and Mandate
The purpose of the Institute shall be to undertake, sponsor and publish social and economic research within such disciplines and in such parts of the world as are deemed of relevance to Newfoundland and Labrador and the broader Atlantic world. Without limiting the generality of the above, research pertaining directly to social and economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador shall be of special importance.
ISER runs an active publications programme, publishing research directly related to our mandate.
ISER Research and Policy Papers: shorter papers on basic and applied social science research.
ISER Reports: reports resulting from ISER-sponsored research which are not appropriate for publication as ISER Books.
ISER Conference Papers: collections of papers presented at ISER-sponsored conferences, or other conferences related to our mandate.
ISER Occasional Papers: include those papers that have not been developed to the level of a Research and Policy Paper. They reflect work in progress and have been judged to be of sufficient topical interest to be worthy of limited circulation at a limited cost.
Seminars and Conferences
ISER sponsors seminars and conferences on topics that fall under its research mandate.
The ultimate responsibility for the affairs of the Institute is vested in the Executive Committee. The Director assumes the responsibility for the day-to-day affairs of the Institute and provides leadership for the activities of the Institute. An Administrative Officer and Secretary work directly with the Director. ISER Books is under the control of a Managing Editor. The Managing Editor works directly with the Academic Editor.
Detailed brochures on the Institute as well as a complete listing of ISER books and other publications are available on the ISER website http://www.mun.ca/iser/.
Purpose and Definition
Most of the research under ISER auspices is conducted by scholars directly employed by the Institute for the duration of their particular research project. These scholars are referred to as ISER Research Fellows.
Fellowship holders are normally expected to be in residence at Memorial, except when conducting fieldwork. ISER Fellows must commence ISER-sponsored research in the fiscal year in which the award is made. No extensions are available.
Research Fellows’ projects must fall under the research mandate of ISER (see page 1).
Awards in any category may not be granted in every competition.
Categories of Fellowships
ISER Books Post-Doctoral Fellowship
The ISER Books Post-Doctoral Fellowship is intended to support the development of an outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of North Atlantic Studies into a manuscript suitable for publication by ISER Books. The topic must fit the ISER mandate (see page 1).
This fellowship is available on a competitive basis to researchers from Memorial University of Newfoundland or elsewhere. The doctoral degree must have been completed within the three-year period immediately preceding the application deadline date.
ISER Books Post-Doctoral Fellowship is tenable for one year and the award holder must be in residence at Memorial University during the tenure of the fellowship.
Only one award per competition will be made depending on the availability of funding and receipt of a suitable application.
Post-Doctoral Fellowships are available on a competitive basis to researchers from Memorial University of Newfoundland or elsewhere who have completed their doctorate and have presented a research proposal which falls under the research mandate of ISER (see page 1).
The doctoral degree must have been completed within the three-year period immediately preceding the application deadline date.
Post-Doctoral Fellowships are awarded for up to one year and Research Fellows must be in residence at Memorial during the tenure of the fellowship. An ISER Post-Doctoral fellowship may not be held concurrently with any other Post-Doctoral fellowship.
Doctoral Fellowships are available on a competitive basis to candidates who are enrolled in a full-time doctoral programme at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Fellowships are awarded specifically for the carrying out of the candidate’s doctoral research on a topic which falls under the mandate of the Institute (see page 1).
Candidates must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree, other than the dissertation. Doctoral Fellowships are awarded for one year. An ISER Doctoral fellowship may not be held concurrently with any other Doctoral Fellowship.
All proposals for ISER Doctoral Fellowships must first be approved by the candidate’s Head of Department or Graduate Coordinator.
Master Fellowships are available on a competitive basis to students at Memorial University of Newfoundland who are enrolled in a Master programme and involved in a research project which falls under the Institute’s mandate (see page 1). Candidates must have completed two semesters of full-time course work or the equivalent.
Master Fellowships are awarded for up to one year.
All proposals for the Master Fellowships must first be approved by the candidate’s Head of Department or Gradute Coordinator.
Fellowship applications are adjudicated by the ISER Awards Panel. The Awards Panel’s recommendations must be approved by the Executive Committee.
Appeals and Resubmission
Although no appeals can be entertained, unsuccessful applicants may resubmit, in the next competition, a revised application which addresses the concerns of the Awards Panel. It will be adjudicated in accordance with normal procedures.
Prospective Research Fellows with individual research projects* should apply using the appropriate application form as provided by the Institute.
Deadlines and Announcements
Deadline date for Master Fellowship applications is March 1 of each year.
Deadline date for all other fellowship applications is February 10 of each year.
Awards are typically announced by mid-May.
*Researchers can apply for a Fellowship as part of a joint project. If so, a separate research proposal and description of the research project is not required, provided the Research proposal and responsibilities are clearly specified in the Fellowship application.
The following materials must accompany an application form:
- Curriculum vitae of the applicant and any other personnel involved in the research project. The tasks and need for any personnel must be clearly stated.
- Applicants for the ISER Books Post-Doctoral Fellowship must submit one copy of the doctoral thesis.
- A research proposal consisting of a maximum of six typewritten pages (single-spaced, 12 pt. font).
- Any questionnaires or other research instruments to be used in the research.
- One copy of a sample of the applicant’s written work.
- Applicants for the ISER Books Post-Doctoral Fellowship must submit evidence of completion of the doctoral degree.
- Applicants for a Master or Doctoral Fellowship must submit a transcript of grades from the previous two semesters.
- For research proposals involving the use of human subjects, written notification of submission to the applicant’s university’s ethics committee.
- Three confidential letters of appraisal (forms enclosed with the application). Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae and detailed budget to their selected referees.
- Applications must be typewritten.
All applications must be signed by the following:
- The applicant.
- Head or Academic Unit or Gradutate Coordinator
- Dean of Arts (or delegate)
Eligibility of Proposals
All research proposals must fall under the research mandate of the Institute (see page 1).
Fellows must commence their fellowships in the fiscal year in which the award is made. No extensions will be granted.
No expenses are to be charged to Memorial University of Newfoundland.
The honorarium shall be paid in equal, bi-weekly instalments in accordance with the scale stipulated in the letter of appointment. Income tax can be deducted if requested by the Research Fellow. Canada Pension or Employment Insurance deductions are not applicable to Fellowships.
ISER Books Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Refer to Current Rates for Fellowships and Grants.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Refer to Current Rates for Fellowships and Grants.
Doctoral Fellowship: Refer to Current Rates for Fellowships and Grants.
Master Fellowship: Refer to Current Rates for Fellowships and Grants.
In addition to the basic Fellowship, ISER Research Fellows may be allowed certain travel and research expenses. (See guide to ISER Research Grants)
Research Fellows may apply to ISER for research funds in the regular annual competition.
The Fellowship holder must commence the fellowship in the fiscal year in which the award is made. If research is not commenced, the candidate must reapply in another competition. No extensions will be granted.
The effective dates of a Fellowship will be stated in the letter of appointment from the Director, to whom the Research Fellow is responsible.
The holder of a Fellowship of any description shall be accountable to the Administrative Officer of ISER for the proper disposition of funds. (See Value and Payment of a Fellowship section on page 7).
Terms and Conditions of Holding a Fellowship
The terms of a Fellowship shall be stated in the letter of appointment from the Director of ISER, to whom the Research Fellow is responsible. ISER reserves the right to terminate any Fellowship on the grounds that the planned research has not been carried out within agreed time limits, or in accordance with agreed terms for which the original research proposal was accepted and the letter of appointment shall be evidentiary. But before such action is taken the holder of the award has the right to one month’s notice.
Fellowship holders may be required to submit brief progress reports on their work from time to time as requested by the Director. All Fellowship holders must provide a final report on their research within 30 days of completion of their award.
Copies of any written materials produced as a result of ISER’s financial support must acknowledge the Institute.
Guidelines For Research Involving Human Subjects
Research at Memorial University is subject to ethical approval granted by the Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research (ICEHR). For the most recent information on Memorial University’s ethics policies and procedures, please check the university’s website www.mun.ca/research/ethics.
Applicants from Memorial University where required, must obtain ICEHR approval for their research. Such approval may be included with the application or subsequently, but funds will not be released until evidence of approval is provided. Applicants from outside Memorial University should also seek ICEHR approval or provide evidence of such approval from their own institutions.
Fellowship holders may be requested by the Director to give a seminar on their research.
Effective: June 2013