Call for Applications


Interdisciplinary Working Groups

The Calgary Institute for the Humanities Interdisciplinary Working Groups aim to bring together faculty and graduate students from different disciplines to explore common research interests of a humanistic nature and to encourage collaborative research projects. We encourage diversity of membership at all levels, requiring at least two co-conveners from different departments and a diverse, committed membership which includes graduate and, if possible, undergraduate students.

Ideally, membership in the group should be open, and initial meetings should be publicized to attract diverse participants.  Meetings can be used for the presentation of work in progress, for the discussions of texts and scholarship, or to plan or pursue a common research project (including preparing grant applications and planning conferences). All working groups will be expected to provide progress reports and a final accounting of how the funds were spent as well as a report on the activities of the group.

Deadline and term

April 11, 2022

Application deadline

June 1, 2022

Interdisciplinary Working Group activities begin. Working group funds must be spent and all expenses submitted for payment by the CIH coordinator by March 25, 2023.


In addition to having at the core a project of humanistic enquiry:

  • Groups must be convened by at least two individuals from different departments, one of whom must be from the Faculty of Arts.
  • At least six other participants must be listed, and graduate (and/or undergraduate) students must be included among this list.
  • Groups must plan to meet at least three times a term.

NB We encourage working groups proposed by doctoral students.


Groups may apply for up to $3,000 in funding to support their activities.  Returning groups may apply for up to $2,000. These funds can be used for graduate student assistance, for bringing collaborators or visiting speakers to campus, or for the support of a grant application.  These funds may not be used for co-sponsoring departmental speakers or events. The funds must be spent and all expenses submitted by March 25, 2023.           

All working groups must adhere to financial guidelines provided by the CIH and in compliance with the University of Calgary’s Policies and Procedures.


The CIH will provide administrative support and clerical work needed to advertise group events and to help coordinate group activities. Groups are expected to organize continuous activities throughout the academic year, including regular meetings in the CIH Seminar Room (BioSciences 588B).

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed for their quality, their interdisciplinary nature, and their promise of significant outcomes. The CIH will not support groups that properly should be supported by other programs or units or groups that support the research program of a single or a pair of faculty member(s).

Application Process

Applications, no more than 2 pages (single-spaced), should include:

Research statement

A statement of the research interests of the group, making clear the humanistic nature of the inquiry.

Contact information

The names and contact information of the conveners of the group, as well as names of any faculty or graduate students who have agreed to participate, or a statement about the strategy for identifying and recruiting group members.

Detailed description

A detailed description of the proposed activities, indicating themes, topics or material likely to be covered by the group.


A proposed budget and timeline, by month, of forecasted expenditures (including, if applicable, the names of potential guest speakers).