Graphic Biography

Opportunity for MA Research Fellowship

September 1, 2017-August 31, 2018


MA in Cultural Studies

Department of English

University of Winnipeg

Deadline to apply: February 1, 2017

Candida Rifkind, Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg, is seeking one MA student to work on projects related to graphic biography (biographies in the form of comic books). The MA student will receive a 12-month stipend of $17,500 to work as a Research Fellow on the project. Additional project funding is available to present a paper at a North American conference.

The stipend will be divided evenly over the three terms of the MA program (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer). The tasks are primarily related to textual research and knowledge mobilization of the project. As part of their research training, the student will learn how to assemble and evaluate existing scholarship, review books for general audiences, and analyze texts for scholarly audiences. This hands-on scholarly research will be complemented by the print and electronic communication of the project. The student will also plan a project book club, which will provide them with a valuable set of skills in professional organizing and communicating specialized knowledge to general audiences.

This is an ideal research fellowship for students interested in comics and life writing theory. Related fields include cultural studies, film studies, media studies, celebrity studies, and art history.

Prospective Research Fellows must follow the formal application process to the MA in Cultural Studies. More information about the program is available here:

All interested applicants should contact Dr. Rifkind ( prior to submitting their application to the MA in Cultural Studies, and are encouraged to visit the project

 This position is funded by an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the University of Winnipeg.

The holder of this Research Fellowship may not also hold another major award to support their MA in Cultural Studies program

Candida Rifkind
Associate Professor 
Department of English
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9