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CIES Knowledge Mobilization Fellowship

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February 25, 2016

In 2014, the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Board created the Ad Hoc Committee on Knowledge Mobilization, New Media, and Member Communications (KMb Committee). The KMb Committee has been charged with (1) developing a knowledge mobilization strategy for the Society and (2) proposing a set of investments and activities for "moving the Society forward into a digital age" - both to increase knowledge accessibility, usability, and impact, as well as improve internal networking and communication among the CIES members.

The CIES Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Fellowship is designed to support the Society in developing and implementing the CIES KMb strategy. At the same time that we will be building and rolling out KMb plans, we will also be collecting data on which KMb strategies are most effective with different stakeholders. For example, the fellow’s responsibilities may include (but will not be limited to) developing podcast series, organizing webinars, undertaking research studies, or creating a KMb resource hub, which could support our members throughout the year. Fellows will also be expected to conduct research in the area of knowledge mobilization and present findings of his/her research at the 2017 CIES conference. This experience will be valuable to graduate students, postdocs, and new scholars as they will be able to provide support to the Society in the KMb area, while building skills and experiences in implementing KMb plans.

The KMb Fellow will be affiliated with his/her home institution. We anticipate that the KMb Fellowship will be part-time (10-hour) for two semesters. The Fellow will receive a stipend of US$15,000. The KMb Fellow will report to the CIES KMb Committee.

  • We are looking for people:
  • who are active members of CIES
  • who themselves are bridges between the academic and non-academic aspects of our field (ie, student with significant experience in policy or practice).
  • with demonstrated skills in clear language writing and alternative forms of publishing  (such as newspaper articles, blogs, policy briefs, or practitioner oriented publications),
  • who have a solid understanding of various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, research gate and other similar academic networking platforms)
  • with very strong computer skills (i.e., website design, database management) and/or media skills (i.e., the ability to produce short videos or podcasts)

Priority would be given to candidates that are familiar with current research literature on KMb and/or someone whose research interests align with KMb area within the field of Comparative and International Education.

Expectations of Fellowship:

  • Attend and present activities / findings at CIES 2017 (travel and accommodation partially subsidized by CIES up to $500)
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the CIES KMb strategy (including various KMb activities)
  • Manage, evaluate, and report on the field--initiated grants
  • Submit paper for publication in collaboration with members of KMb committee.


Please submit a statement of interest (1--2 pages) and resume (not an academic CV), explaining why you are interested in the Fellowship position and how you will be able to contribute to the KMb strategy development and implementation. Supporting materials which demonstrate your KMb skills are strongly encouraged and may include examples of podcasts, blogs, videos, websites, and other clear language materials you have created.

The deadline for the submission of the applications is February 25, 2016. Please submit your applications to The committee will review all applications and interview the finalists during the 2016 CIES conference in Vancouver or over Skype. The position will start on April 1, 2016 and end on April 1, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact: Members of the CIES Committee on Knowledge Mobilization, New Media, and Member


Iveta Silova (Arizona State University) and Meg Gardinier (Florida International University), Co-Chairs; Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher (University of Pennsylvania), Gustavo Fischman (Arizona State University), Jayson Richardson (University of Kentucky), Mariusz Galczynski (McGill University), Robyn Read (OISE, University of Toronto), Shoko Yamada (Nagoya University, Japan), Jose Cossa (American University in Cairo).

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