Graduate Student Fellowship


Established in 1976, the Calgary Institute for the Humanities (CIH) fosters advanced study and research in a broad range of subject areas. We are multi-disciplinary and multi-faculty orientated. We support research in traditional Humanities disciplines such as languages and literature, history, religious studies, philosophy, as well as in philosophical and historical aspects of the social sciences, arts, sciences, and professional studies. The humanities are not conceived as a specific group of academic disciplines, but as forms of study that examine what is human – typically guided by literature, history, social and physical settings, artifacts, visual and performing arts.

Deadline and term

The call for applications for the 2024-25 Calgary Institute for the Humanities Graduate Student Fellowship is now open. The deadline for applications for the 2024-25 academic year is 11:59 p.m., November 20, 2023. Submit applications by email to


Graduate students in the final phase of their PhD dissertation are eligible for this Fellowship, to be held at the Institute for up to twelve months beginning September 1, 2024. The dissertation should involve a topic that reflects the academic mandate of the Institute as outlined above. Awards are subject to budgetary approval. The Fellowship is not renewable. 

The Graduate Student Fellow will have office space at the Institute with limited administrative support. This is a resident fellowship and the fellow will be expected to maintain a regular presence at the Institute during working hours. The fellow will be expected to share their research in an in-house lecture, and to involve themselves in the community of scholars working at the Institute. The Institute’s support should be acknowledged in all oral presentations and written publications that result from the research supported. 


Applicants at the time of tenure will be registered as full-time students at the University of Calgary. The stipend is $10,000 Canadian. 

Application procedure

Scholars outside of the traditional humanities disciplines should make clear the humanistic orientation of their project.

Applications must contain:


A curriculum vitae.

Proposal statement

A detailed statement of the research proposal (including the research question, context, objectives, methodology and contribution to the advancement of knowledge) as well as a description of what you hope to accomplish during the fellowship, making it easily understandable to an interdisciplinary committee (5 pages maximum including bibliography).


A descriptive title and abstract of 150 words.


A confidential letter of appraisal from the applicant’s supervisor sent directly to the CIH. The letter should comment on the applicant’s time to completion, the current stage of the applicant’s research and the merits of both the applicant and the project.