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We're now accepting applications for a Research Associate!

December 1, 2015

Call for Research Associates

CRIAW/ICREF is undertaking an initiative to involve you in our work.  We invite applications for CRIAW/ICREF Research Associates.  

Research Associates are individual members of CRIAW/ICREF who are conducting research related to CRIAW/ICREF’s mandate to advance social justice and equality for all women. Research Associates want to have a formal relationship with CRIAW/ICREF.  These researchers will be based in diverse settings: in community organisations, universities, NGOs, unions or working individually. Research Associates do not receive any salary but there are other benefits as listed below. When possible, CRIAW/ICREF Research Associates will have access to space or computers at CRIAW/ICREF offices. Research Associates can be located anywhere in Canada.  Research Associates are appointed for an initial three-year term, which may be renewed.

The purpose of Research Associates is to expand the research capacity of CRIAW/ICREF, to extend the network of researchers engaged with CRIAW/ICREF, and to create and enhance communities of mutual support among feminist researchers.

CRIAW/ICREF especially encourages applications for Research Associates from emerging researchers and researchers from groups that have often been rendered invisible in research; including, but not limited to, young women, indigenous women, women with disabilities, recent immigrant women, racialized women and women from sexualized minorities.

Applications are welcome by email to with Research Associates in the subject line, no later than February 1, 2016.


  • Applicant must be an individual member of CRIAW/ICREF in good standing at the time of the application.
  • Applications may be submitted in either French or English.
  • Research Associates will contribute reports on their research annually to the Research and Action Committee of CRIAW/ICREF, and develop a knowledge product (such as a FactSheet, a short synopsis of research findings, or an in depth contribution to our Research blogs) for distribution through CRIAW/ICREF’s networks.
  • Applications will include:
    •  a short description of the proposed research project ,including a knowledge mobilization plan and projected outcomes and results (3-5 pages). This description should also include whether the applicant is applying for funding for the project, whether CRIAW/ICREF is being asked to be a partner in this application and any responsibilities and/or benefits CRIAW/ICREF is being asked to assume in the funding application;
    • a summary of the applicant’s previous research experiences, including a list of any publications (2-3 pages);
    • a statement of interest that illustrates what the applicant hopes to gain from a relationship with CRIAW/ICREF and what she hopes to contribute to CRIAW/ICREF (2 pages)
    • a cover letter indicating how the proposed research fits with the mandate of CRIAW/ICREF, an indication of whether the applicant is an emerging researcher, or a member of a group often marginalized or made invisible in research, and an indication of whether the applicant is  interested in being in a mentoring relationship with another/other CRIAW/ICREF member(s)


Research Associate status with CRIAW/ICREF comes with a number of benefits including:

  • Affiliation with a well-established, dynamic, bilingual, national research institute devoted to research related to women, with bridges between community and university-based researchers as well as partnerships with other social justice organizations.
  • Publication of research results in CRIAW/ICREF newsletter, blog or as a separate publication, and peer review through CRIAW/ICREF publications committee.
  • Distribution of research through CRIAW/ICREF’s bilingual national webpage.
  • Opportunity for engaging in mentoring relationships with other CRIAW/ICREF research associates and members


Research Associate status with CRIAW/ICREF comes with the expectation of contributing to the work of CRIAW/ICREF in some of the following ways:

  • Seek partnerships with faculty and community groups for research projects;
  • Involve students and/or community groups in CRIAW/ICREF projects and activities;
  • Provide a research or community education placement for students;
  • Acknowledge CRIAW/ICREF in any research reports or publications undertaken in collaboration with CRIAW/ICREF;
  • Participate in CRIAW/ICREF events, activities and projects;
  • Remain a CRIAW/ICREF member at least throughout the tenure as Research Associate; and
  • Share information about CRIAW/ICREF within networks.