International Visiting Scholars

The Social Media Lab has a strong tradition of collaboration. As an internationally engaged research lab, our Visiting Scholar Program (VSP) hosts a diverse range of outstanding multidisciplinary scholars from around the world. The program provides a visiting scholar/professor with an opportunity to further their own research as well as collaborate with the Lab on a joint research project. During the program (1-6 months), the visiting scholar will be an active participant in the research life of the lab and will have access to our international network of experts and our suite of social media data analytics tools. The visiting scholar will also have the chance to explore Toronto – Canada’s largest and most multicultural city.


All applicants must be qualified scholars/professors holding a continuing appointment at an accredited academic or research institution with established expertise in an area of research relevant to the Social Media Lab. Please note: as defined by Ryerson University, the visiting scholar is “non-status,” meaning an unpaid academic designation.

To apply, please:

  1. Get in touch through our contact page.
  2. Email a copy of your current CV, including a list of publications, a letter of support from your home institution or proof of your academic appointment.

What You Need


The Application Form will ask you to briefly outline a short-term joint research project that you can start prior to your visit and complete while at the Lab or shortly after your visit. Here are a few of the items that you will need to provide on the Application Form:

  1. Propose a start/end date for your visit (1-6 months) for your visit to the Social Media Lab between Nov 1, 2017 – December 30, 2018. If you are selected, we will work with you to find an appropriate start and end date.
  2. Outline of the research objectives*
  3. Research question(s)*
  4. Originality of the proposed research
  5. Methods
  6. Have you done any previous work in this area; if yes, please describe.
  7. How do you see the Social Media Lab contributing to the project? (e.g., help with the data collection, analysis, etc). Please be specific.
    • (Must relate to the one of the four areas associated with the 2017-2018 Research Theme outlined above.)
Other Requirements

It is expected that the visiting scholar/professor will spend a minimum of 1 month (up to 6 months) in Toronto, during which time they will participate in research meetings and events hosted by the Lab, give a talk about their research to the Ryerson community, and produce a joint research paper based on the collaborative project outlined in their application.

Funding & Accomodation

The Lab has one funded and 3 self-funded position for the Visiting Scholar Program. For the funded positions, up to $4,000 CAD will be provided for travel and lodging related expenses in Toronto. It is recommended that the visiting scholar secures additional external funding to support their research and any travel expenses over $4,000 CAD. The visiting scholar will be provided a desk in a shared space at the Lab with a desktop computer, along with internet and online library access.

Visa Requirements

All international visiting scholars must obtain a visa and/or work permit. As requirements depend on the country of origin, please refer to this link for more information. If selected for the Visiting Scholar Program, Ryerson University will issue a visa invitation letter.

The application deadline for the 2019-2020 Social Media Lab International Visiting Scholar Program (IVSP) has now passed. Updated information and forms will be posted in fall 2019 for the 2020-2021 competition.

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