Centre for International Governance Innovation – Digital Policy Hub

The Digital Policy Hub at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is a collaborative space for emerging scholars and innovative thinkers from the social, natural and applied sciences. It provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral and visiting fellows to share and develop research on the rapid evolution and governance of transformative technologies.

The program hosts fellows for time periods ranging from four to 12 months in residence at the state-of-the-art CIGI Campus and working remotely, linking to CIGI’s existing network of more than 100 fellows from around the world. Participants join common seminars and other innovative activities that cut across research, analysis and policy, while advancing their career development.

Core research areas include:

  • data, economy and society;
  • artificial intelligence;
  • outer space;
  • digitalization, security and democracy; and
  • the environment and natural resources.

Applications for the Digital Policy Hub 2024–2025 academic year cohort are now open.

Deadline: March 1, 2024.

More information: Register for an information session or visit the Digital Policy Hub website.

Western Libraries – Upcoming Research Skills Workshops

You are invited to join Western Libraries for the upcoming Research Skills Workshops. From data collection to publishing, get expert help at all stages of the research cycle with free workshops.

Feb. 14 – Navigating Collections of Art Images
Feb. 14 – Getting Starting Analyzing Data in SPSS
Feb. 21 – Exploring and Citing Music Sources
Feb. 21 – Sharing and Archiving Data with Borealis
Feb. 29 – Creating and Publishing E-books with Pressbooks (in-person)
Mar. 6 – Creating and Publishing E-books with Pressbooks

All workshops listed above are online via Zoom unless otherwise indicated

To find more upcoming Western Library events and workshops visit the Western Libraries Events page.  If you have questions about workshops, please email rsclib@uwo.ca.

Summer Institute in Sex & Gender+ Science

CIHR’s Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) will be hosting a Summer Institute in Sex and Gender+ Science in Vancouver, BC this summer, June 9-14, 2024. The Summer Institute will convene up to 30 trainees who will have a chance to participate in hands-on learning with cutting-edge experts in the field. The goal of the Summer Institute is to progress the field of sex and gender science by building the capacity of the next generation of sex and gender scientists.

Funds available: $60,000, enough to fund up to 30 travel awards

Deadline: March 1, 2024

More information and how to apply…

Parliamentary Internship Programme

University and college graduates from all disciplines, who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and available to work full-time in Ottawa from September 2024 to June 2025, are invited to apply to the non-partisan, paid work-study Parliamentary Internship Programme

Deadline: January 31, 2024

Interns do placements with both a government and opposition member of Parliament, attend weekly academic seminars, produce an original research paper, and tour to other legislatures in Canada and abroad.

More information and how to apply…

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods – Scholarship

ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is an international consortium that provides leadership and training in data access, curation and methods of analysis. 

Benefits of being an ICPSR member include data access, repository services as well as educational activities, including the annual Summer Program in Quantitative Methods and Social Research.    General Sessions are offered in a dual-mode format: In-person (on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor), livestream synchronous via Zoom, and asynchronous videos..

ICPSR’s summer program aims to “train a diverse community of scholars in statistical techniques and research methods. We empower our program participants, from undergrads to mid-career researchers, to immediately upgrade and sharpen the skills vital in their work to address real-world problems, develop policy solutions, and positively impact the future.”

The program includes both Topical Workshops and General Sessions.

Western is an ICPSR member institution, and as such attendees from Western are eligible for a discount on this training plus individuals have the option of applying for scholarships from ICPSR.

A number of scholarship opportunities are available from ICPSR which provide registration fee waivers.  A list of scholarship opportunities can be found on the page linked below, the deadline to apply for scholarships is February 26, 2024:


Please contact Elizabeth Hill (ethill@uwo.ca), Data Librarian, Western Libraries if you have any questions.

Research Skills Workshops at Western Libraries – January-February 2024

You are invited to the upcoming Research Skills Workshops, hosted by Western Libraries. From data collection to publishing, get expert help at all stages of the research cycle with free workshops.

Jan. 31 – Finding Statistical Data Resources
Jan. 31 – Diversifying Citations (and Perspectives)
Feb. 1 – Basic Data Handling in Excel
Feb. 7 – Locating and Analyzing News Sources
Feb. 8 – Introduction to Qualitative Analysis with Nvivo
Feb. 8 – Data Sources at Western Libraries
Feb 14 – Getting started Analyzing Data in SPSS
Feb 21 – Sharing and Archiving Data with Borealis

All workshops will be held online via Zoom

To find more upcoming Western Library events and workshops visit the Western Libraries Events page.  If you have questions about workshops, please email rsclib@uwo.ca.

2024 Canadian Japanese Mennonite Scholarship – Human Rights

The Mennonite Central Committee Canada, in partnership with the National Association of Japanese Canadians, offers the Canadian Japanese Mennonite scholarship to a student enrolled in a graduate degree program that is engaged in research concerning human rights in Canada. The scholarship funds research on the protection of minority and human rights in Canada in order to reduce the potential for abuse of cultural minorities.

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: April 1, 2024

More information and application form at this website.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Days 2023 – November 13-16

GIS Days offer you the chance to learn more about geography, mapping and real-world applications of GIS that impact our communities and can be used for research. Drop in and out depending on what presentations pique your interest and listen to presenters from around the world.

The virtual event runs from Monday, Nov. 13 to Thursday, Nov. 16 and is free to attend. It will include presentations, tutorials, demos, and virtual social events. All presentation times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Presentations will be offered by a variety of speakers ranging from geospatial professionals to GIS newbies. Short lightning talks (7-min) offer you a quick taste of a topic, while longer demonstrations (20-min) provide a deeper dive into a GIS project.

Register to attend.

See the full schedule

Western’s GIS Days Open House (in-person), Wednesday, November 15, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Workshop: Unlocking the Power of ORCID iD

Unlocking the Power of ORCID iD: Empowering Researchers and Enhancing Scholarly Impact


Joanne Paterson
Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian
Western Libraries

Thursday, November 16, 2023
via Zoom*

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from every other researcher.
In this presentation, researchers will learn the important role of ORCID iD in modern academia. We’ll explore how ORCID iD simplifies research identity management and once set up, streamlines adding professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more — to your profile. Researchers will learn how to create and maintain their ORCID profile, and delve into practical applications, including how to export BibTeX citations to use in the Canadian Common CV, or adding a trusted administrator (like a RA). Join us to harness the full potential of ORCID iD to simplify the management of your research outputs.

*Zoom Registration

All are welcome.