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2019-2020 Annual Fellowship Competition

The Calgary Institute for the Humanities (CIH) was established at the University of Calgary in 1976 to foster advance study and research in a broad range of subject areas reflecting its multi-disciplinary and multi-faculty orientation.  It supports 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. 


Fellowships will normally provide partial release from teaching duties to facilitate concentration on a research project. Successful applicants must be free from administrative responsibilities and teach at a reduced course load during the Fellowship. Funding for partial release from teaching will be a matter of arrangement between the Institute and the Fellow’s Department and Faculty. No stipend will be paid directly to Fellows.

Annual Fellows will be expected to conduct their research at the Institute. They will be expected to share their research in a public lecture and in an in-house seminar, and to involve themselves in the community of scholars working at the Institute. The Institute’s support should be acknowledged in all oral and written publications that result from the research supported.

In addition to the regular fellowships, there are two named fellowships, which offer the same benefits: The Wayne O. McCready Resident Fellowship for an Emerging Scholar, and the Naomi Lacey Resident Fellowship


The Calgary Institute for the Humanities invites applications for Fellowships to full time faculty at the University of Calgary to conduct research at the University during the academic year 2019-2020. All scholars with teaching appointments at the University that continue through the 2019-2020 academic year are eligible to apply. Awards are subject to budgetary approval.

Applicants whom the committee judge to be on the verge of a significant scholarly advancement may be considered for the Wayne O. McCready Resident Fellowship for an Emerging Scholar. Candidates will be considered from the general pool of applicants; no separate application or information is required. Similarly, the Naomi Lacey Fellowship will be awarded to an applicant from the general pool.

Full-time faculty of the University of Calgary who have previously held an Annual Fellowship are eligible for a second Annual Fellowship five years after the completion of the first Annual Fellowship. Applications from previous Annual Fellows will not be considered separately but will be considered within the pool of all applications. In addition to considering the merits of the new project, however, special attention will be paid to the productivity resulting from the first Fellowship.


Applications must contain (i) a curriculum vitae; (ii) a detailed statement of the research proposal with a five page maximum; (iii) a descriptive title and abstract of 150 words; and (iv) a brief statement from the applicant’s Head of Department indicating the Department is aware of the application. Scholars outside of the traditional humanities disciplines should make clear the humanistic orientation of their project.


The term of the fellowship will normally be one year. The fellowship will commence September 1, 2019.


Interested faculty are invited to attend an open house on October 9th at 3pm at the Institute (Biological Sciences Room 588). The Director and former fellows will be in attendance to answer questions.


Please submit your application to the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, BI 588, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4  or email The deadline for applications is the 23rd of November 2018.

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