RoCCET Fellowships

The Research on Comics, Con Events and Transmedia Laboratory at Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) seeks expressions of interest from prospective graduate students for the second cohort of RoCCET Fellows, beginning in 2021/2022 academic year. 

Based in the School of Journalism and Communication and under the directorship of Dr. Benjamin Woo, the RoCCET Lab serves as a hub for interdisciplinary projects on the role of comic-book culture in the contemporary media industries and the changing nature of industry–audience relations. While we welcome applications from candidates with research interests in any of the Lab’s areas of focus, including comic books and graphic novelsfan studies,convention culturespopular media industries and/or transmedia entertainment, we are particularly interested in candidates with skills and interests to support two Lab projects:

  • Comic book reading as a sociocultural practice over the life course
  • Social media analysis and/or digital-humanities approaches to the visual culture of fan conventions

A research-intensive unit in the critical communication studies tradition, Carleton University’s Communication & Media Studies program offers MA and PhD degrees in a stimulating, rigorous and supportive environment. The total estimated value of a RoCCET Fellowship is $10,200 (MA) or $20,700 (PhD). Fellows are expected to participate actively in lab activities and will receive a $500/term fellowship for up to two years (MA) or three years (PhD). During their studies, they will be eligible for research assistantships valued at $7,200 (MA) and $16,200 (PhD), gaining hands-on research experience working on lab projects. This funding is over and above scholarships and teaching assistantships provided as part of their offer of admission, and successful candidates who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents are eligible for $2,000 (MA) or $8,000 (PhD) in additional top-up scholarships from the Faculty of Public Affairs and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.

The RoCCET Lab is committed to principles of equity and social justice. We especially invite women, candidates of colour, and those identifying as LGBTQ2S+ to apply. Fellows will be expected to agree to a statement of values and abide by a code of conduct to ensure a safe, supportive working environment for all lab members and guests.

Interested candidates will submit an application for admission to the graduate programs in Communication & Media Studies, indicating in their statement of interest that they would like to be considered for a RoCCET Fellowship. For information on the RoCCET Lab, our research, and the RoCCET Fellowships program, please visit our web site or contact Dr. Benjamin Woo ( For information on graduate studies in Communication & Media Studies, visit or contact Dr. Rena Bivens ( The application deadline is February 1, 2021.The RoCCET Fellowships are funded by an Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Early Researcher Award.