Knowledge Mobilization Bursary for Graduate Students

Knowledge Mobilization Bursary for Graduate Students

Since its introduction in 2017, the University of Guelph's Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization has offered training in knowledge mobilization, which is the process of sharing, using, and applying research to inform real-life situations, and evidence-based decision-making. Over the course of three eight-week courses, participants learn to identify and address barriers to knowledge mobilziation, and use tools and techniques to enhance the impact of research and facilitate the development of evidence-informed policy and practice. 

While this professional development opportunity is typically targeted toward academic, policy, and service delivery professionals, CESI also recognized its potential to be useful for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. As the cost of the certificate could be prohibitive for students and early-career researchers, in 2021 CESI provided a bursary, each valued at $3600, that covered the full cost of enrollment in the Certificate to three recipients at the University of Guelph. This knowledge mobilization bursary was offered as part of CESI’s efforts to build capacity for engaged scholarship and impactful research. It was open to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at the University of Guelph, and awarded based on overall motivation and the expected impact of learnings on applicants' current or future research. The recipients of the 2021 bursary were:

  • Amy Peirone, is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology. Her post-doctoral research project explores the different types, risk factors, and consequences of intimate partner violence. Amy’s research aims to develop a better understanding of how diversity or variations in experiences of partner violence are related to outcome measures. She wanted to use her experience in the Certificate to achieve her goal of conducting impactful research where knowledge is transformed into action that impacts change.
  • Alyssa Ramuscak, is a Master’s Student in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition. Her research compares the perceptions and opinions of the 2007 and 2019 Canada’s Food Guide among parents participating in the Guelph Family Health Study. She wanted to apply her knowledge and skills from the Certificate to inform future implementation and knowledge translation strategies to target Canadian families’ engagement and understanding of Canada’s Food Guide. 
  • Justine Townsend, is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography. Her research uses community-informed and decolonizing methods to investigate the reconciliatory potential of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and Indigenous-led conservation in Canada. She wanted to use her experience in the Certificate to engage in collaborative high-impact research that advances conservation and stewardship initiatives in Indigenous communities and organizations.

Learn more about the Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization to gain more insight into what the recipients are learning and have gained through this experience.