Prospective Students

Potential graduate students: 

Note (2 August 2022): I expect to recruit only one to two master’s (MA) students for the next admissions cycle (Fall 2023 entry).

In a typical year (space permitting), I usually plan to recruit MA and PhD students to work with me at the University of Victoria. I do not typically recruit MS/MSc students. I especially welcome Indigenous applicants and applicants from other marginalized/racialized backgrounds.

If you are interested in working with me, please get in touch with me via e-mail–include your CV, a brief introduction of yourself, and an idea of the type of work that you want to do. Detailed descriptions beyond a general vague/unarticulated interest in Indigenous geographies will be helpful here. I do not require that my graduate students work on the exact same topics as myself (my Ph.D. advisor and I had different research interests, after all), but there should be at least some broad topical overlaps, such as interests in qualitative Indigenous research methods, Indigenous geographies, Indigenous environmental issues, or political ecology so that I can best advise you on your course of study.

While my current research is focused on North America, particularly in Canada and the United States, I am open to working with students who work on similar topics in international contexts.

It is extremely important that we have some form of contact/conversation before applying–UVic Geography departmental policy is that no student can be admitted to our graduate program without first securing an advising/funding commitment from a faculty member.

I will respond to your e-mail as soon as I can–either to schedule a Zoom/phone meeting to discuss your interest, or to suggest possible other supervisors (at UVic or elsewhere) if there is not a great research fit between us. If I do not respond within a few weeks, please send another email gently reminding me. I recommend getting in touch with me starting in August to ensure timely responses.

Please do not DM me on Twitter or other social media regarding working with me as a graduate student. Also, I reserve the right to not respond to form letter emails (e-mails that are sent out to a large number of faculty with their names and research interests copied and pasted into the e-mail body).

Admissions to UVic Geography’s graduate program

Currently, admissions decisions in our department are made once a year, in early Spring (February-April) for Fall entry (September). The usual application deadline is January 15th.

Admission to our graduate program is not my decision to make alone. Admission to the University and admission to our graduate program are two distinct, but linked processes. Your application will first be evaluated by the Faculty of Graduate Studies to see if you meet the University’s minimum admissions requirements. If it does, your application will be evaluated by the department’s graduate affairs committee to see if you will be eligible for departmental awards and to see if I will support your application as a potential advisor.

Please note that my policy is to not make any decisions about supporting your application for admission until we’ve had a chance to have a conversation, as I feel it’s important to get to know you as a scholar! You are the most important part of the graduate student experience, after all.

I recommend taking some time to familiarize yourself with UVic’s Geography graduate program via our website, which includes application instructions, admissions requirements, and other important information, including language testing and other details related to coming to Canada if you are an international student. 

Note: I can only take on an extremely limited number of graduate students each year, in order to provide my current students with a high level of advising, funding, and mentorship. A decision to not recruit or not admit is in no way an indicator of the worth of your project or your worth or intellect as a student.

Funding Information:

Similar to admissions, many aspects of departmental funding decisions are not my decision to make alone; many funding decisions are made by the Department. Departmental funding at UVic Geography is internationally competitive, and it is not plentiful, although students who do receive departmental funding can expect to be funded for 2 years for a Master’s degree and 3 years for a Ph.D. program. These funds include entrance scholarships, lab instructor (TA) positions, and other funds. I also commit funds to students’ awards packages, as the supervisor.

Internal (Geography Department) and external funding sources are available besides standard departmental sources, but international students (this includes American students) should know that they may be ineligible for certain types of Canadian funding (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, etc). Depending on my research grant situation, there may be extra funding that I can provide beyond my required contribution, but this will vary from year to year. Please bear this information in mind when considering applying.

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