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Annual Fellowships

Since 1977, the Institute has offered Annual Fellowships to faculty members at the University of Calgary. Only full-time faculty are eligible to apply, although rank or tenure are not considered as criteria for eligibility.

Awards are given to support specific research projects. Typically, though not without exception, the projects can be completed within the year for which the fellowship is given. Success in the competition for fellowships is based on assessment of the scholarly record of the candidate and the quality of the research proposal. Assessment includes evaluation by scholars in other universities who serve as evaluators.

Annual Fellowships provide the recipient with release from a portion of their teaching obligations for an academic year. Fellows remain in residence at the University of Calgary. They do not receive a direct grant from the Institute. Rather, the home department of a Fellow receives funds to assist with release from teaching duties during the award.

For the duration of the award, Annual Fellows become members of the Institute and they are provided with an office and administrative assistance. Annual Fellows thus form the nucleus of a centre of advanced research that changes in identity from year to year but is ongoing because it is a community of active researchers whose work is deemed to be of high quality by their peers.

The Institute has created opportunities for concentrated periods of research and awarded more than 100 Annual Fellowships to University of Calgary scholars since 1977. Without such leave time, the scholarly output that is crucial to a university's mandate and that is a carefully considered element in hiring and promotion decisions would be substantially reduced. Annual Fellowships have been won by scholars from a wide range of disciplines including: anthropology, archaeology, art, classics, communication & culture, drama, education, English, French, geography, German, history, kinesiology, law, linguistics, music, nursing, philosophy, political science, religious studies, Slavic studies, sociology, social work, Spanish, and University archive studies.

Call for Applications 2018-2019 - Application Deadline is November 14, 2017

Frances Spratt Graduate Student Fellowship

Graduate students in the final phase of their Ph.D. dissertation are eligible for this Fellowship, and the dissertation should involve a topic that reflects the academic mandate of the Institute as outlined on the Call for Applications. The Graduate Student Fellow has an office and administrative support at the CIH, and they are full members of the community of scholars working at the Institute.

Call for Applications 2018-2019 - Extended Application Deadline is 11 December 2017.

Visiting Fellowships

Scholars are invited to apply for visiting fellowships at the Institute for a period of 3 to 12 months. Awards are primarily intended for scholars on sabbatical or release-time leaves to provide the opportunity for a research visit to the Institute. Preference will be given to candidates whose work could be well supported at the University of Calgary and is of value to more than one academic area. The fellowship does not come with any financial assistance. Successful fellows will be provided with an office, administrative support and library privileges. Fellows will be expected to give a public lecture while at the Institute and to participate in the community of scholars at the Institute. 

To apply, please send a copy of your CV and research proposal to

Working Groups

Call for Applications: Interdisciplinary Working Groups 2018-2019

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 and to encourage collaborative research projects.  

Groups must be convened by at least two individuals from different departments, and must agree to meet at least three times a term.  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).

Application must be made by two individuals from different departments, one of whom must be from the Faculty of Arts.

Groups may apply for up to $3,000 in funding to support their activities.  Returning groups may apply for up to $1000.  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 February 28, 2019.


The CIH will provide administrative support and clerical work needed to advertise group events and to help coordinate group activities.  Groups are expected to meet 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.

Application Process

NEW: Applications are due by April 25, 2018. 
Applications (1-2 pages single spaced) should include:

  • A statement of the research interests of the group.
  • 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.

Please submit applications to

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