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Faculty of Arts funding programs

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

The Energizing Arts Grants 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 that will raise the scholar’s capacity for success in other grant competitions. The Energizing Arts Grants are distinct from Seed Grants. Grant recipients are expected to initiate and complete proposed projects within the 18-month award period. Applicants are encouraged to think about ways their proposed research project fits with the strategic priorities of the University of Calgary and the Faculty of Arts.

Applicants applying for the Energizing Arts Grants program cannot also apply for the Seed Grant program.

Grants will normally be a maximum of $4,000.

Application deadline: January 11, 2021

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The Faculty of Arts Seed Grants support a wide range of scholarly activity, including pilot studies, data collection costs, 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. Applicants are encouraged to think about ways their proposed research project fits with the strategic priorities of the University of Calgary and the Faculty of Arts.

Applicants applying for the Seed Grant program cannot also apply for the Energizing Arts program.

Grants will normally be a maximum of $7,500.  

Application deadline: January 11, 2021

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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.

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This funding program is now closed.

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 a member of Michael Hart's office prior to submission. Grants will usually be in the range of $250-$1,000 (in certain circumstances, higher amounts will be considered).

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This fellowship is established in memory of Thelma Margaret Horte. Ms. Horte was committed to advancing the cause of women in society and equality in the workplace, and interested in areas such as women’s human and civil rights as well as women’s active participation in society. To capture Thelma Margaret Horte’s commitment to women’s causes, this fellowship will be awarded to a faculty member in the Faculty of Arts pursuing research within this field.

The fellowship is awarded on an annual basis. It is valued at $10,000. The award’s tenure is six months, to be taken up between 1 July – 31 December or 1 January – 30 June in the academic year of the award’s receipt. An award being used to obtain release from teaching must be supported by a department head’s or school director’s letter of approval.

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This funding program is now closed.

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.

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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 $750.

Questions? Contact Dawn Johnston or Ginger Rogers

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

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This funding program is now closed.


Faculty of Arts grants

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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Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers

The Faculty Experience Coordinator facilitates all Internal Faculty of Arts Grants Programs (Energize, Seed, SAG, TAG, Travel, GSUS, II)

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