Post Doctoral Fellow in Slavic Cultural Studies/Slavic Linguistics (University of Alberta)

Deadline: September 1, 2021

A Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Slavic Cultural Studies and/or Slavic Linguistics will be offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, in collaboration with the Kule Folklore Centre, at the Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta. The fellowship is for up to one year, depending on the candidate’s project and qualifications. Although all applications in fields associated with the Slavic cultural studies and Slavic linguistics will be considered, research proposals in the areas of identities, ideologies, diaspora, multilingualism, language policies and politics, as well as foreign language education will be given preference.

The successful candidate will be working on the proposed project in collaboration with a scholar in related fields of expertise from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (80%). The Post-Doctoral Fellow will also contribute to projects being carried out at the Ukrainian Kule Folklore Centre (20%). The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be expected to contribute to research life and culture in the department, engaging with both academic and broader communities. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be given an opportunity to contribute to teaching in the department, depending on qualifications.

Salary is $38,000 (CND) plus benefits as outlined in the Pay & Benefits section of the postdoctoral website. In addition to the salary, economy airfare to and from Edmonton will be provided and an additional $2,000 (CND) is available for research-related expenses. 

This competition is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and foreign nationals.


  • Applicants must have received a PhD (or Candidate of Sciences degree from a post-Soviet country) within the past four years at the time of application. Applicants who are scheduled to receive their degree by the end of September 2021 are also eligible to apply, if they submit confirmatory documents.
  • The successful applicant will be expected to take up the postdoctoral appointment at the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies from November 1, 2021, but no later than January 31, 2022.
  • Knowledge of English is required.
  • Knowledge of at least one Slavic language taught in the department (Russian, Polish, Ukrainian) is also required.

Apply online by submitting:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • a statement of research interests and experience (maximum one page, 12 pt font, double spaced) 
  • a research plan/statement of the proposed postdoctoral programme of work (maximum two pages, 12 pt font, double spaced)

Applicants are also expected to contact two referees and arrange to have them submit their letters of reference via e-mail to by the application deadline. Please enter “A110845532 REFERENCE” in the subject line.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number at the bottom of your cover letter. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your cover letter.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.