Community-Based Research Trainee Opportunity - Vancouver

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The Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health (CGSM) at Simon Fraser University supports international collaborative, interdisciplinary, and multi-sectoral teams of researchers and research users. CGSM investigators strive to ameliorate gender and social inequities in mental health and substance use through the development of innovative research, knowledge exchange and training initiatives.
A major Centre objective is to provide high quality training and mentorship of community-based researchers to build capacity for research, knowledge exchange/application related to gender, social inequities and mental health. The Centre is especially committed to learning from and training researchers with lived experiences of resisting social marginalization and/or stigmatization.
The Centre is seeking a community-based research trainee for 2014. The trainee will receive an annual $17,850 fellowship plus a $3,000 research stipend.

The Centre trainee will:
**Receive mentorship from a CGSM researcher investigator
**Develop a project proposal and implement a small community-based research, knowledge exchange or knowledge application project related to mental health inequities
**Coordinate one community colloquium or research/community dialogue
**Spend approximately 2 days per week on their CGSM projects/activities
**Improve skills in research and community engagement

The Centre will provide the trainee with opportunities to:
**Engage in collaborative research related to one of the Centre's five theme areas (mental health reform and policy; recovery & housing; reproductive mental health; violence, mental health & substance use; criminal justice system, mental health & substance use)
**Participate in the Centre's annual Training Institute, Critical Inquiries Workshop and other Centre events/activities
**Interact with and learn from researchers, policy makers and practitioners in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment

Eligibility criteria:
**3-5 years experience in community-based work addressing mental health or substance use (bachelor degree equivalency)
**Experience leading community engagement efforts or in community organizing
**Ability to work autonomously
**Experience with - or strong interests in - participatory research addressing gender, social inequities and mental health or substance use

Please submit via email to bja11@sfu.ca by 5:00 PM Pacific Time November 1st, 2013:
**A cover letter explaining how your past experiences/interests meet the eligibility criteria
**A resume
**1 professional reference letter (emailed to bja11@sfu.ca by referee) explaining how you meet eligibility criteria
**Contact information for 2 additional professional references related to your community work
**1 piece of sample writing or other written/visual materials you produced in your community work

**Aboriginal peoples, racialized individuals, members of LBGTQ communities, and persons with physical disabilities and/or lived experience of mental health/substance use issues are especially encouraged to apply**