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Located on the unceded and unsurrendered lands of the Algonquin Anishnabek, the Prison Transparency Project, a three-country collaboration studying carceral landscapes in Argentina, Canada and Spain, is pleased to announce that our competition for MA and PhD fellowships is now open. As a grassroots, community lead initiative, the PTP is seeking to recruit and fund two students (one at the MA and one PhD). These students will complete the course of graduate study laid out by the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. Successful candidates will receive an additional funding package including a scholarship, a Research Assistanceship (RAship), the opportunity for international travel and, for those who elect to work with one of the two faculty Co-Investigators (CIs) on the project (Drs. D. Moore & H. Moore), access to the substantial PTP data set for the purposes of their own research.


This is an amazing training opportunity for students who will not only learn best practices in qualitative and quantitative field work, but will also develop international and cross-cultural conversances (students may have the option to study and work in either Argentina or Spain for a semester) as well as developing skills working with and directed by those from marginalized communities, specifically those with lived experience of incarceration. Our Fellows will be trained in alternate forms of knowledge dissemination including radio, podcasting, and documentary film making. These projects will be outputs of the PTP but Fellows may elect to use the knowledge mobilization skills they learn working with the PTP in their own academic work including small scale productions, thesis, or dissertation (provided it meets with both the standards for the degree as defined by the Department of Law and Legal Studies and the direction of the students’ supervisor and committee). PTP fellows are guaranteed at least one academic publishing opportunity in collaboration with a PTP investigator. Finally, our Fellows will be part of an international network of established and emerging scholars, helping them to develop professional networks early on in their studies.


Successful applicants will officially be graduate students in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University and subject to the same requirements and regulations specific to our degrees. If you have questions about the Fellowship, please contact the Primary Investigator of the Prison Transparency Project (PTP), Dr. Dawn Moore.



The Fellowship Package


1 PhD student for 3 years (possibility to extend to 4 years)

  • $2000 scholarship each year

  • $6 – 15 000 Research Assistanceship each year

  • Minimum 3 years of employment

  • Subsidized conference travel

  • Subsidized travel for international exchange


1 MA student for 2 years

  • $2000 scholarship each year

  • $6 – 8000 Research Assistanceship each year

  • 2 years of employment

  • Subsidized conference travel


Details of Fellowship Package



  • This funding package in no way prevents students from seeking other sources of outside funding (ie. Ontario Graduate Scholarship or Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council [SSHRC]).

  • The fellowship also does not prevent students from taking on a Teaching Assistanceship as determined by the Department of Law and Legal Studies.

  • While the RAship is work that sits outside any collective agreement as such, the PTP commits to paying MA and PhD RAs hourly rates equivalent to the CUPE 4600 agreement in place at the time of employment. The RA will be notified of the available RA hours at least 4 weeks prior to the start of each term.

  • The PTP and the Fellow are committed to a structure of conflict resolution and progressive interventions. The PTP has a conflict resolution process built into its governance structure that allows for graduated interventions and is available to all members of the PTP including Fellows. As part of this structure, we have an appointed external arbiter who is available to assist with mediating conflict. If after all avenues of conflict resolution have been exhausted, the Fellow may be removed from the project in which case they would lose the RA portion of the funding but maintain the scholarship.

  • Students work as RAs, supervised as employees by both Dawn Moore and Hollis Moore.

  • Students have access to PTP data for their own research projects if Dawn Moore and/or Hollis Moore are supervising (academic) their projects (dissertations/theses). If students elect not to be academically supervised by either of these Co-Investigators, they will not be able to use the PTP data in any independent work including their dissertation or thesis but they may still retain their RAship and will still have opportunities to co-publish with CIs as well as engage in other (supervised) research activities (conference papers, field work, helping to teach in summer Institutes etc.).


  • Students who elect to use data from the PTP for the purposes of their own research can only do so under the academic supervision of at least one of the CIs on the project (Hollis Moore or Dawn Moore). Should the academic supervisory relationship change, the student will have at least one alternate PTP faculty member with whom they can work. Should the student opt out of being supervised by any CI they will no longer have access to the data.



  • Any student who writes a thesis or dissertation drawing on the PTP’s data set will have intellectual property over their own work. Students must acknowledge both SSHRC and the PTP in any publications drawing on the PTP data (as per SSHRC’s policy). Students may also publish sole authored articles using the PTP data under the academic supervision of a CI.


Admissions Process


Applicants should familiarize themselves with the expectations of the graduate program in Law & Legal Studies, and apply directly to the department. Students who wish to be considered for the fellowship must also make an additional SEPARATE application directly to the Prison Transparency Project. This application must include a letter of intent (750 words maximum) in which the applicant outlines their own research interests and how these might intersect with the work of the PTP. Additionally, we require transcripts from all post-secondary institutions at which the applicant has studied and 3 letters of reference, 2 academic and one community-based letter that can speak to the applicant’s commitment to grassroots social justice linked to the criminal injustice system. We will begin reviewing applications on February 15 and will continue until the positions are filled. Please send your full application package to the PTP’s project manager Eva Danielson. Potential applications are warmly invited to contact Dr. Dawn Moore or Dr. Hollis Moore to discuss the fellowship before submitting an application.


The PTP is committed to social justice and enthusiastically welcomes applicants from the global south / east, Indigenous, Inuit and Métis applications, applicants indigenous to other parts of the world, racialized peoples, 2SLGBTQIAA?+ people, people with disabilities, those returning to post secondary education after non-traditional life/career paths and people with lived experience of incarceration.

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