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Scholar-in-Community Fellowship

The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the 2019 Scholar-in-Community Fellowship.

Scholar-in-Community Fellowship

The Scholar-in-Community Fellowship provides the opportunity for research collaborations with community organizations to produce and mobilize knowledge in ways that are mutually beneficial.  The program will fund:

  • a half-course release for one Social Sciences faculty member to work with an existing research partner on a mutually defined research project, to be co-designed and co-governed over the course of the project ($7500) (timing of course release to be negotiated with Chair/Director)
  • salary replacement for a staff member from host organization to work with the faculty researcher ($7500) OR $7500 towards a graduate student research intern 

Project duration should be between 12 and 18 months. It is expected that recipients of the Fellowship will apply for external funding within 12 months of completing the Scholar-in-Community project.

Dr. Meridith Griffin

2019 Scholar-in-Community

Department of Health, Aging & Society professor Meridith Griffin is this year's Faculty of Social Sciences Scholar-in-Community Fellow.

Past Winners


The goal of the Scholar-in-Community Fellowship is to support and recognize social science research collaborations with community organizations in the Hamilton region. The program’s objectives are to:

  • strengthen existing (or initiated) collaborations between Faculty of Social Science researchers and community partners
  • conduct research and/or knowledge mobilization activities that demonstrably provide direct value to the “host” community organization
  • build the foundation for development of partnered research proposals
  • recognize, promote and learn from the community-engaged research endeavours of Faculty of Social Science researchers


The Faculty of Social Sciences will fund one collaborative community-engaged project per year, to a total value of $15,000, jointly supporting a community researcher and a researcher from the Faculty.  

An additional $2,000 will be awarded if a grant application is submitted within 1 year of completing the Scholar-in-Community project. 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Scholar-in-Community Fellowship an applicant must be a member of McMaster University’s Faculty of Social Sciences with a teaching, tenured or tenure-stream appointment working with a researcher or staff member from a community organization in the Hamilton region. Ideally partner organizations will be geographically close enough that face to face interaction is possible. Where host organizations are located outside the region, applicants should explain how they plan to build relationships at a distance.  

Application Timeline

  • Notice of Intent: Friday March 13, 2020. Email your brief NOIs to: Christine Hollins at
  • Full Nomination: Friday April 3, 2020. Full nominations due to: Christine Hollins at
  • Results to be announced: Mid-May 2020

To Apply

Notice of Intent:

Please send an email to Christine Hollins at by 4:00 p.m. March 13, 2020 that includes:

  1. The name of your community partner and organization
  2. Project title
  3. Project summary of no more than 4 sentences.

Full Proposal: Those selected to proceed to full proposal will please provide a CV in any format, a project description of up to 3-pages, and a brief statement of support from the collaborating organization (email accepted). Send the three documents in a single email to Christine Hollins at by 9:00 am on April 3, 2020.

The full proposal will include:

  1. Objectives
  2. Context
  3. Relevant experience of applicant and community organization lead and description of existing partnership
  4. Methods
  5. Activities and timeline (including responsibilities)
  6. Knowledge mobilization plan 
  7. Expected outcomes and benefits to partner organization
  8. Plan to seek external funding


The Statement of Support will include:

The name and contact details of the interested partner and an acknowledgement that the organization is willing to release staff for the research related activities stated in the application.

Funded projects will be expected to apply for an external research grant within 12 months of completion.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Clarity, focus and feasibility of the research objectives, research plan, and knowledge mobilization plan;
  • Significance of research project to partner organization
  • Contribution to building and sustaining a longer term research relationship
  • Overall contribution of the research to the candidate’s long-range research plan;
  • Feasibility of plan to secure external funding;
  • Applicant’s scholarly and community-engagement contributions relative to the stage of career (e.g., publications, conference presentations over the last five years; community-oriented or co-created reports, presentations, workshops).


This fellowship will be adjudicated by a Scholar-in-Community selection committee constituted by the Dean of Social Sciences.

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Hollins: