QPIRG Concordia Summer Stipend Call for Proposals

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QPIRG Concordia Summer Project Stipend
Deadline to apply: Sunday June 2nd 2019, 11:59pm
QPIRG’s project stipend is intended to provide a budget/honorarium of $4,000 to work over the summer doing community-based research or working on projects leading towards action and change on campus and within the Montreal community. We encourage anyone interested to apply!
This year we will have two (2) stipends of $4000 each. A project by and for Indigenous people will be prioritized for one of the stipends.
Examples of past stipends at QPIRG Concordia include the development and implementation of:
– My Institutional Memory Project (PINAY), documenting and preserving the organizational history of PINAY (a grassroots organization dedicated to empowering and organizing Filipino women, particularly domestic workers) in the form of a digital archive.
– The Indigenous Women and Two-Spirit Harm Reduction Coalition‘s document addressing decolonization and solidarity aimed at community organizations and activists.
– Gentrify This! A Student’s Guide to Understanding and Resisting Gentrification.
– Queers Made This: A Visual Archive of Radical Queer Organising in Montreal, 2005-2010 by members of Qteam.
– Resisting Deportations: A Community Guide by members of Solidarity Across Borders.
– Convergence, a journal of undergraduate and community research.
– Vélo! Vélo!, a conference about and for bicycle collectives in the Greater Montreal Area
– The Community-University Research Exchange (CURE) database, linking student research with grassroots groups throughout Montreal and beyond.
Successful applicants will demonstrate to the selection committee that:
– their project fits into QPIRG’s mandate to promote social and environmental justice activism on Concordia campus and in the Montreal community (QPIRG’s mandate can be found here: https://www.qpirgconcordia.org/?page_id=2526)
– their project demonstrates an understanding of anti-oppression approaches, as well as an understanding that projects proposed in the context of solidarity organizing need to demonstrate how they will take leadership and direction from the communities with which they work and/or are organized by people who are directly affected or implicated in the group’s mandate. In terms of this, please consider the following questions and include responses to them in your application:
1. How you situate yourself with regard to your project: is the issue/subject/work that your project is based on affecting you/your community directly? Are you/your group an “outsider” proposing a project about a particular topic? What is your interest and investment in the issue that you are researching/presenting? Why did you choose to propose a project related to this particular topic?
2. Please explain in detail whether the subject/topic of your project has been informed by feedback and takes direction from communities that are directly affected by the topic/subject of your project.
3. How the research or project will be useful, and implemented as a useful campus and community resource
4. How the applicant(s) has appropriate experience and can be reasonably expected to meet these goals.
We encourage projects that demonstrate a likelihood of ongoing and sustained activity beyond the final project.
In your application, please include:
a) a proposal that outlines the objectives of your project, the needs it addresses, and how it fulfills the above criteria. (2 pages maximum)
b) a CV with two references; for groups of more than 2 people applying, instead of a CV for each person, please provide a short (maximum one page) document outlining the relevant experiences and skills of your group collectively, as well as two references
c) a project timeline that shows clear goals for the summer, as well as the follow-up action period (note: work on projects can continue into the fall, but all expenses must be finalized by the end of August).
d) a budget of estimated expenses (and revenue, if any) for the project (i.e. honorarium, photocopies, travel costs, long distance phone calls, etc).
* Please keep in mind that the $4000 stipend is meant to cover both the estimated project expenses and an honorarium for the project coordinator(s).
** Please also note that the selection of stipends will be entirely based on the applications submitted. There will be no interviews held as part of the selection process. If you have questions or need any help with preparing the application, we encourage you to get in touch.
Responsibilities of Stipend recipients include:
– outlining with a QPIRG board or staff member the method and payment plan for the stipend (NOTE: a TOTAL of $4000 is given per project)
– Giving updates to the QPIRG staff or board at least once a month. These can either be in person, over the phone or by filling out a form.
– giving at least three oral reports (can be done over the phone or video chat if needed) to the QPIRG board throughout the duration of the project
– producing a final report of the project that includes a summary of the completed project
– providing QPIRG with any materials that were produced
– presenting their project at QPIRG’s Annual General Meeting in October (can be via pre-recorded message)
– acknowledging QPIRG Concordia’s contribution to the project on all publicity material
Employment Equity: QPIRG Concordia recognizes and welcomes the unique contributions that individuals from marginalized and oppressed communities bring to our organization, and invites these individuals to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the unique contributions they, as individuals with diverse experiences, would bring to QPIRG Concordia in their cover letter or resume. Please indicate clearly in your cover letter that you would like to be considered for Employment Equity. A full copy of the employment equity policy is available upon request.
Please submit a research stipend proposal with all the above documents to QPIRG Concordia by Sunday June 2nd 2019, 11:59pm
– via email to hiring@qpirgconcordia.org, we accept applications in written form (.pdf), audio (mp3) or video(.avi) or via an in person meeting (contact us to set a time).
– dropped off in person at our office DURING OFFICE HOURS (Monday to Thursday, 12-6pm): 2100 rue Guy, suite 205, (wheelchair accessible entrance 1625 de Maisonneuve, buzzer number 0205)
– sent by mail to: QPIRG Concordia, c/o Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3G 1M8 (it must arrive before the deadline)
Are you interested but not sure if your idea would be accepted? Have lots of energy to commit to a project but fresh out of ideas? Give us a shout!
Contact us with questions at 514-848-7585, email us at hiring@qpirgconcordia.org, or drop by our office:
The Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) – Concordia
2100 rue Guy, suite 205, (wheelchair accessible entrance via 1625 de Maisonneuve, buzzer number 0205)
Montreal, Quebec, H3H 2M8