Asbestos in Canada: Graduate Study Opportunities

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Department of History and Department of Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland (2021-22)

John Sandlos, Department of History, and Arn Keeling, Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, are seeking a PhD student in history and an MA student in geography to study the history and historical legacies of the asbestos industry in Canada. These positions offer opportunities to work as part of an interdisciplinary team, and funding to conduct research travel

Positions Available:
PhD in History
The successful candidates will examine asbestos use in former production facilities such as foundries and insulation plants in Southern Ontario and Quebec.

Two Year Masters (MA) in Geography
The successful candidate will focus on the historical controversies and contemporary legacies of asbestos mining at the unremediated Johns Manville mine in Baie Verte, NL

Comprehensive funding packages are available, pending the outcome of a current SSHRC application, with opportunities to augment the amounts through fellowships scholarships or Graduate Assistantships.

Memorial University of Newfoundland is one of Canada’s leading comprehensive research institutions. It hosts the largest library in Atlantic Canada in addition to specialized research centres. The university is located in St. John’s, a unique and culturally vibrant city set within stunning natural beauty.

Interested applicants should contact: John Sandlos ( or Arn Keeling ( The application deadline is January 15th in Geography and History.

Although the funding packages are tied to the researchers, prospective students must follow the formal application process for graduate school at Memorial University of Newfoundland. For more information on the School of Graduate Studies go to

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