Graduate student opening for Fall 2019 applications: Culture, Behavior, Evolution and Development (CuBED) Lab at Simon Fraser University


Funding is available for a graduate student to pursue an MA/PhD in the Culture, Behavior, Evolution and Development (CuBED) Lab in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University. The lab’s research focuses on cultural evolution and social learning in community contexts. The student will join a new project investigating how community cohesiveness and cultural norms affect parental learning about child-rearing. The studies are situated within a community, with the goal of building a long-term collaborative research project with those communities. Studies may include experimental, interview, or observational methods. The communities include sites in Vancouver BC, Toronto ON, and Antigonish NS. There is also a potential for the student to develop projects at an ongoing research site in villages on Yasawa Island, Fiji. The CuBED Lab also welcomes applications for students who would like to develop their own field site. However, this funding does not support work for alternative projects.


The position includes a SSHRC IDG grant-funded stipend of $12,000 for an MA student, or $15,000 for a PhD student already holding an MA degree, for two years. Funding requires the student to work on the SSHRD IDG-funded project. The student is expected to apply for additional fellowship funding to cover their fees, and/or work as a TA for additional funding through the completion of their degree.


The graduate student will be based in the Department of Psychology and will be supervised by Dr. Michelle Kline. The grant funding also includes funding for research expenses for joint work with Dr. Kline, as well as potential conference travel funding for the student. Students can find out more about the lab on Twitter @CuBEDLab, Instagram @cubedlab, or at Dr. Kline’s website:


Please contact Dr. Kline () directly for interest in applying. Applicants must apply to the departmental program (Portal open: October 15 – December 1, 2019) in addition to discussing their application with Dr. Kline. Applicants should apply in Fall 2019 to begin the position in Fall 2020.


Indigenous students and students from any historically underrepresented group are particularly encouraged to apply.  Simon Fraser University acknowledges the Traditional Coast Salish Lands including the Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ), Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations.