Research Funding

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Faculty of Arts funding programs

The Faculty of Arts offers limited funding for various faculty-sponsored initiatives. These include:

Support a wide range of scholarly activity, including research, creative activity, and knowledge creation and exchange. These grants are intended to accelerate research and creative programs, producing outputs to advance the scholar’s capability and record. Grant recipients are expected to initiate and complete proposed projects within the 18-month award period. Grants will normally be between $2,000 and $5,000.

Deadline for complete applications is March 1.

Support a wide range of scholarly activity, including pilot studies, travel to archives for preliminary research, student research assistance to lay the foundations for a larger, external grant application. Specifically, these grants are intended to support application to a Tri-Agency funding program within 18 months of receipt. Grant recipients are expected to initiate and complete proposed projects within the 18-month award period. Grants will normally be between $2,500 and $7,500.

Deadline for complete applications is March 31 or Sept. 1.

Intended to provide funding to graduate or undergraduate student associations in support of locally hosted workshops, conferences, symposia, etc. All applications must have a faculty sponsor for the event to be considered. Grants will be in the range of $500 - $2,000.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Support the inclusion of indigenous content in a broad range of activities including teaching, presentations, on campus events, elder participation in events, blessings, etc. Applications will be reviewed by Pamela Beebe, Indigenous Cultural Education and Protocol Specialist, Indigenous Strategy, prior to submission. Grants will usually be in the range of $500 - $2,000 (in certain circumstances, higher amounts will be considered).

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Support activities advancing scholarship. Appropriate activities might include, but are not limited to, convening scholars from different disciplines and/or departments to share research methods or results; organizing and hosting conferences and/or visiting speakers; and advertising or publicizing research activities. Scholarly Activity Grants will be in the range of $500 - $1,000.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Support course- and curriculum- related activities in undergraduate and graduate teaching, normally for a significant number of students (typically 10 or more). Appropriate activities might include, but are not limited to events (open to more than one discipline or department); visiting speakers; course based symposia; or materials and supplies (e.g. software license fees, memberships). Teaching Activity Grants will not exceed $1,000.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Questions? Contact Dawn Johnston or Ginger Rogers

Support faculty members’ presentations at conferences, colloquia, festivals, workshops, and similar forums. Faculty may receive an award once every two fiscal years. Travel grants are available to faculty with continuing appointments. Travel Grants will not exceed $1,000.

Applications may be submitted at any time.


Arts research team

Associate Dean George Colpitts

George Colpitts

The Associate Dean, Research, Graduate Education & Faculty Development advances the faculty’s research activities and oversees research, grants and graduate education in the faculty.

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Associate Dean Steig Johnson

Steig Johnson

The Associate Dean, Research and Infrastructure oversees the Canada Research Chair program, promotes international research collaborations, identifies needs for research infrastructure and manages external review processes.

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Research Grants and Awards Facilitator Kinga Olszewska

Kinga Olszewska

The Research Grants and Awards Facilitator provides research career development support to academic staff.

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