Vacancy: Post-Doctoral Researcher in International Relations and Internal Displacement, McGill University

Job Title: Post-Doctoral Researcher in International Relations and Internal Displacement

Job Description
The Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS) at McGill University
invites applications for a full-time Post-doctoral Researcher to work as part of a new SSHRC
funded research programme on internally displaced persons (IDPs), under the direction of Prof.
Jennifer Welsh and Prof. Megan Bradley.

Research Project
In 2021, the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on IDPs painted a stark picture of the
expanding number of forced migrants worldwide and outlined a series of challenges related to the
provision of humanitarian assistance, protection, and ‘durable solutions’ for IDPs. The Panel also
provided a series of recommendations to improve national and international responses to IDPs –
including through more research on IDPs and strengthened academic engagement on these

In response to this call, the primary objective of this new research project is to develop a
landmark, comparative study of the localization of international norms on IDP protection,
centering the roles of IDPs themselves and focusing on responses to two critical challenges: acute
risks to IDPs’ physical security, and the pursuit of durable solutions to displacement. The project
will draw on theories of localization and sovereignty from the field of International Relations (IR),
alongside original empirical and normative analyses, to address five inter-related questions: (1)
How have international norms on the protection of IDPs been localized since the adoption of the
Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement in 1998? (2) What have been the consequences and
limitations of these localization efforts and how can we explain them? (3) How have IDPs figured
as agents in localization processes? (4) What are the implications of this empirical analysis for
normative understandings of internal displacement, particularly from the perspective of
international normative theory, political theory, and citizenship studies? (5) What insights does
this analysis offer for improved policy and practice on IDP protection?

Applicant Profile
This research project welcomes postdoctoral applicants from political science, international
relations, law, and forced migration studies, or related fields who can contribute to the project’s
research objectives. Applicants with experience in conducting fieldwork would be particularly
valuable for the project.

The postdoctoral researcher will interact with the two senior researchers on the project – Prof.
Welsh and Prof. Bradley – as well as graduate students and research assistants. The successful
applicant will also join a network of scholars working in international relations across McGill
and its partner institution, the Université de Montréal, as a fellow in the Centre for International
Peace and Security Studies.

Conditions and Requirements
The start date for the position is 1 January 2024 (or as soon as possible thereafter). The duration
is initially one year, with the possibility of renewal for a further year based on satisfactory
progress. The postdoctoral researcher will receive a salary of $C52,000 per year as well as
benefits and a $C4,000 annual research fund.

The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to be in residence at McGill during the academic
year, to maintain an active research and publication agenda, and to take full part in the activities
of the research project, as well as seminars, workshops, and other events that form part of

There is no teaching requirement associated with the position.

Candidates must have recently been awarded (within 5 years) a PhD or must have been awarded
or submitted (oral defense pending) by the start date of 1 January 2024. Knowledge of French is
an advantage but not required. The competition is open with respect to citizenship and
nationality, but applications should indicate the applicant’s citizenship.

Other information on postdoctoral fellowships at McGill is available at, including information on obtaining a Canadian
work permit if necessary.

Application Process
Applicants should include a cover letter, CV, research statement and one writing sample of no
more than 8,000-10,000 words as a single document. They should also provide the names of two
referees who will be contacted if the candidate is short-listed.

Applications should be sent to and must be received by 15 August