Two PhD Scholarships Available - UVic

Two Postgraduate Scholarships at the PhD level (beginning September 2016) are available in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria to work on a project, funded through a SSHRC Partnership Grant on “Big Data Surveillance” under the supervision of Dr. Colin Bennett.

The project is a broad interdisciplinary and comparative analysis of the development and impact of big data analytics in many domains: security, consumer, welfare, electoral, intelligence, employment and others. The project is coordinated through the Surveillance Studies Center at Queens University.

Students with theoretical and empirical interests in surveillance studies, information/communications technology and politics, the politics of the Internet, security and intelligence, and privacy and civil liberties in Canada and internationally are encouraged to apply.

Students will be funded through a combination of fellowship, research assistance, and teaching assistance funds, to a value of $20,000 CDN a year for four years. A fifth year of funding is possible depending on successful performance in the program.

In coming to the Department of Political Science at UVic, doctoral students will be joining a vibrant PhD program based in a Department that values excellence in research and teaching. In addition to regular teaching assistant training and support, students will have other opportunities for professional development, such as research training, support for conference presentations and workshop participation, and field research support. Students also have many opportunities to participate in the activities of the Pacific Center for Technology and Culture:

Applicants must apply for the PhD program in the Department of Political Science and indicate an interest in working on this project. The deadline for full consideration for the program is 15 December 2015 for international students and 31 January 2016 for applicants by Canadians and Canadian Permanent Residents.

Information enquiries should be made to Dr. Colin Bennett

Also see the work of current and prior graduate students at:

Professor Colin J. Bennett
Department of Political Science
University of Victoria
PO Box 3060 STN CSC
Victoria, B.C.
Canada V8W 3R4
(250) 721-7495
cjb at
Twitter: @ColinBennett0