RoCCET Fellowships

The Research on Comics, Con Events and Transmedia Laboratory at Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) seeks expressions of interest from prospective Master’s students for our next cohort of RoCCET Fellows, beginning in the 2022/2023 academic year. 

Based in the School of Journalism and Communication and under the directorship of Dr. Benjamin Woo, the RoCCET Lab is a hub for interdisciplinary projects on the changing nature of industry–audience relations in contemporary popular culture. While we welcome applications from candidates with research interests in any of the Lab’s areas of focus, including comic books and graphic novelsfan studiesconvention culturespopular media industries and/or transmedia entertainment, this year we are particularly interested in candidates whose work is in dialogue with lab projects related to:

  • Comic book reading and fandom
  • Cosplay and cosplay photography on social media
  • Fan conventions’ policy statements
  • “Virtual” fan events; fandom and the pandemic

Carleton University’s Master of Arts in Communication program provides students with a stimulating, rigorous and supportive intellectual environment. In addition to coursework and research related to the program, RoCCET Fellows will benefit from regular Lab meetings and seminars. The total estimated value of a RoCCET Fellowship is $10,200. Fellows will receive a $500/term fellowship for up to two years. They will also be eligible for research assistantships  – valued at $7,200 – that provide 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 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 MA program 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. Dwayne Winseck ( The application deadline is February 1, 2022.

The RoCCET Fellowships are funded by an Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Early Researcher Award.