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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.

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 for 2020-2021 

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 2020-2021. All scholars with teaching appointments at the University that continue through the 2020-2021 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.

The CIH is also launching Resident Fellowship in Applied Ethics in the 2020-21 academic year for a University faculty member who is pursuing research in any field of Applied Ethics.  Applications for the CIH Applied Ethics Fellowship will be accepted every two years. The principal objectives of the Fellowship are to support research and community engagement as it pertains to applied ethics, which broadly defined can include environmental ethics, medical ethics, indigenous ethics, professional ethics, social justice, and moral standing, among others. Candidates for the Resident Fellowship in Applied Ethics Fellowship should declare their suitability for this fellowship in their application.

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, 2020.

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 17th of November, 2019.

2020-2021 Frances Spratt Student Fellowship - Call for Applications 


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, 2020.  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 $10,000 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.


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 17th of November, 2019.

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

Current Fellows

Associate Professor, Dept. of Classics and Religion

Roman Religious Anxieties

This project demonstrates that many Romans experienced fear and anxiety when interacting with their gods, and considers why anxiety-inducing ways of characterizing the gods rise to prominence in certain contexts in Roman history. To date there has been no systematic study of what Romans believed about the character of their gods. Most scholars hold that Romans saw their gods as benevolent by default. My project seeks to recover a different strand of Roman theology. I identify three key contexts in which Roman sources express concern about the reliability and loyalty of the gods: the Roman conquest of Italy, the Second Punic War, and the collapse of the Late Republic. In each of these periods, I argue, we can see Romans confronting the possibility that the gods might give or transfer their support to Rome’s enemies. This conclusion encourages us to re-evaluate our reconstructions of Roman conceptions of divine-human relationships.

Assistant Professor, Department of English

The Virtual Child: Children’s Literature and Digital Culture

The Virtual Child explores the pre-digital history of “the virtual” in order to think through young people’s digital virtualities with greater nuance. This history illuminates how digital virtual space is a site for contemporary iterations of longstanding anxieties and desires surrounding the child’s own virtual qualities. Drawing on the etymology of “virtual,” The Virtual Child argues that we can characterize children’s literature—including its digital texts—as a genre that typically attempts to manage the child’s virtuality. More specifically, children’s literature aims to instill virtue (purity and moral goodness) in the child, while delimiting and subsequently regulating their Virtu (openness and creativity). By considering pre-digital virtualities in key works of children’s and young adult literature including J.M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy (1911) and Maureen Daly’s Seventeenth Summer (1942), I maintain that we can better theorize how digital texts for young people endeavour to construct and secure their audiences.

Professor, Department of History

Military Culture in British Colonial West Africa (c.1860-1960)

This project will produce a scholarly history of Britain’s colonial military in West Africa from the late nineteenth century conquest to decolonization in the 1950s. Located in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and the Gambia, the Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) was Britain’s largest army in colonial Africa yet it has not received much academic attention. This racially hierarchical institution was central in maintaining British rule, it served as a manpower reservoir for Britain’s global conflicts, and it was the catalyst for important social and political change in West Africa. Utilizing documents from British and African archives and with a focus on the ordinary African serviceman and his family, this study will attempt to better understand the military in British West Africa by employing the concepts of “military culture” which looks at basic assumptions that inform how the military works, and “combat motivation” which explores reasons why soldiers fight.

Assistant Professor, Department of English

Forms of Trade: Significant Omissions in the Records of Empire, 1694-1785

To date, Anthony Henday appears only around the edges of histories of Alberta, where he’s briefly celebrated as the first Englishman to see the Rocky Mountains – but he’s also the first Hudson’s Bay Company explorer to use the empirical forms of record-keeping that the Royal Society would later recommend to all agents of the British empire. As the four extant versions of his journal demonstrate, however, even small changes introduced to regularize the form of these observations have significant consequences for the journal’s argument about the people and places observed. During the period of the proposed fellowship, I aim both to examine the implications of these formal changes for Henday’s theory of environment, and to explore how these changes in the forms of empirical record-keeping might be correlated to changes in both Company and Cree land management practices in western Canada in the second half of the eighteenth century.

PhD Candidate, Department of History

Commemorative Practices and Rituals of Memory in Colombia, 1872-1919

How was modernization experienced and understood in the province of Antioquia (Colombia), from 1872 to 1919? Specifically, I examine how regional elites used commemorations during this period to celebrate historical change and the emerging of new modernizing social classes, and claim a larger national significance for themselves and their region. So far, I have written two chapters explaining how the funeral of the novelist Jorge Isaacs in 1906 and the centennial celebrations in 1910 created specific links between the local elites, the public, and national memory. I am particularly interested also in uncovering the underlying silence of mestizos, women and working class sectors in these celebrations and how did those communities inhabited and possibly transformed Medellín’s mnemonic landscapes. This project challenges traditional historiography by showing that Colombia between 1870 and 1938 was marked by a deep sense of faith in peace and progress.

Scholar in Residence and Research Associates

Petra DolataPetra Dolata
Department of History

Sustainability in the Anthropocene
This project researches the emergence and development of the concept of sustainability since the 18th century and understands it as an idea that is closely related to industrialization and growth paradigms. It particularly focuses on the 1970s as a period, in which the ecological interconnections between man and nature as well as energy systems approaches led to a more comprehensive understanding of sustainability, which often contained a radical critique of liberal market economies and economic growth. It examines how people engaged with these new environmentalist insights and how ideas of a “conserver society” in Canada influenced discussions on sustainability.

Ian WereleyIan Wereley
Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Associate

Imagining the Age of Oil
Ian Wereley is a Postdoctoral Associate whose research examines the social and cultural history of energy. He is currently working on a book manuscript with the University of Calgary Press titled Imagining the Age of Oil, which investigates the rise of oil culture in Britain during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. After conducting several visits to archives in Calgary, Ottawa, and the United Kingdom this year, Dr. Wereley has since initiated several additional projects, including a research article on the role of gender in Canadian oil company marketing during the 1930s, and a transnational study of early twentieth-century Canadian oil discoveries through the lens of imperialism.

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