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2019-2020 Frances Spratt Student Fellowship

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. 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, artifact, visual and performing arts.


The Calgary Institute for the Humanities invites applications for a Graduate Student Fellowship to be held at the Institute for up to twelve months beginning September 1, 2019.  Graduate students in the final phase of their PhD dissertation are eligible for this Fellowship, and 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 an office in 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 $5,000 Canadian.  


Applications must contain (i) a curriculum vitae; (ii) 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); and (iii) a descriptive title and abstract of 150 words.

The application should also include 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.


Interested graduate students 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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