Internal Grants


The Faculty of Arts Research Awards are to assist graduate students (PhD and MA) based in the Faculty in research directly associated with their degree program. Funds can be used for travel and direct research expenses.


GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDS: $1,000

Deadline: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 9:00 am Pacific Time
Terms of Reference and Instructions
Application Form
Research Project Information Form (RPIF)

Please submit applications to artsadmin.rc@ubc.ca or to:

Heather Joan Tam
Faculty of Arts
Office of the Dean
Buchanan A240
1866 Main Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1
Campus Mail – Zone 1

The Dean of Arts is pleased to announce the Arts Research Abroad (ARA) program. Funded by a generous gift from donors who wish to remain anonymous, the Faculty of Arts, and Go Global, the ARA program sponsors two types of advanced research-intensive courses:

Option 1: Global Seminars  (15-20 students)

Courses are typically taught by faculty onsite, at an international location that is related to the course content.  In some cases, a portion of the Global Seminar may be taught on campus prior to or after the in-country component of the course.

Option 2: International Service Learning Courses  (15-20 students)

Courses are typically taught on campus, with students traveling to an international location after completion of a portion of the course to participate in a field placement related to the course content.  During the field placement, students engage in research related to the course content, as service for a community organization; academic preparation is critical to the research-related service activities that students undertake in the field.  In some cases, faculty travel to the international location to participate in a mid-placement workshop with students.  Courses may resume on campus following the field placement to facilitate students’ ability to integrate the course content and their field experiences.

Advanced research-intensive courses are defined as courses that enable students to engage with the research positions and research practices of their discipline.  Students work collegially with faculty to produce a potential contribution to knowledge in the field.  Accordingly, the defining criterion of advanced research-intensive courses is not that students travel abroad and conduct research, but that students’ inquiries in the discipline result in new knowledge that could be shared with others in the field.  For example, students could present a paper related to their research at a conference.  Alternatively, students could participate in material practice or professional immersion, such as fieldwork, a practicum, or a performance project.

With the support of their Department Head, faculty should submit an application to ARA’s multidisciplinary adjudication committee.  The application should include a course syllabus that documents readings, research activities, and learning assessments (e.g., assignments); a travel itinerary that indicates field visits, research-related service sites, and other important elements of the travel plan; and a budget that is developed in consultation with Go Global or International Service Learning staff (see below).  Each year, the ARA program is expected to support seven courses.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for submission of proposals to the Arts Research Abroad (ARA) program is June 13th, 2018.

Course Planning and Application Preparation:

As faculty begin to conceptualize their course, they should contact Go Global or International Service Learning staff to discuss and develop their course.  As international education professionals, Go Global and International Service Learning staff:

  • provide support with planning and implementation (e.g., integration of best practices in international education, student recruitment and advising, student safety and risk management, emergency response training).
  • assist with financial matters (e.g., budget development, collection of student fees, payment of facility deposits, submission of travel claims).
  • provide information about and contacts for international partner universities and organizations.

For Global Seminars, a consultation meeting can be booked with Go Global staff, at go.global@ubc.ca.  For International Service Learning Courses, a consultation meeting can be booked with International Service Learning staff, at ubc.isl@ubc.ca.

ARA Application Form (for Courses and Travel in 2019):

ARA Application Form for travel in 2019

ARA Application Form for travel in 2019

Helpful Links:

For further information on the ARA program, please contact arts.awards@ubc.ca.

The SSHRC Explore Grants/Faculty of Arts Research program is funded through the SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG) program and is based on the amount of SSHRC funding received by the Faculty.

The Arts Research Grant provides support to faculty in need of seed funding for collaborative research and for small projects. Funding is available for approximately 20 research grants.


SSHRC EXPLORE GRANTS: RESEARCH UP TO $4,000

Deadline: March 1st

Terms of Reference and Instructions 
Application Form

Please submit application by email to pam.forsberg@ubc.ca or to:

Pamela Forsberg
Research Grants Facilitator
Office of the Dean
Buchanan Block A, Room 240
1866 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1
Campus Mail – ZONE 1

The SSHRC Explore Grants/Faculty of Arts Research program is funded through the SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG) program and is based on the amount of SSHRC funding received by the Faculty. The Arts Research Grant provides support to faculty in need of seed funding for collaborative research and for small projects.

This is an additional out of cycle competition due to available funding this year. Successful applicants to the March 1, 2018 SSHRC Explore Grant/Arts Research Program are NOT eligible for this competition.


SSHRC EXPLORE GRANTS: RESEARCH UP TO $4,000

Deadline: October 1st, 2018

Terms of Reference and Instructions
Application Form

Please submit application by email to pam.forsberg@ubc.ca or to:

Pamela Forsberg
Research Grants Facilitator
Office of the Dean
Buchanan Block A, Room 240
1866 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1
Campus Mail – ZONE 1

The SSHRC Exchange Grant/Arts Workshop & Visiting Speaker program provides funding to help defray the costs of organizing a workshop or to cover the expenses of a visiting scholar. Funding is available for approximately 20 workshop or visiting speaker grants.


SSHRC EXCHANGE GRANTS: WORKSHOP & VISITING SPEAKERS UP TO $2,000

Deadlines: December 4th, April 1st, July 1st and October 1st

Terms of Reference and Instructions
Application Form

Please submit application by email to pam.forsberg@ubc.ca or to:

Pamela Forsberg
Research Grants Facilitator
Office of the Dean
Buchanan Block A, Room 240
1866 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1
Campus Mail – ZONE 1

The SSHRC Explore Grants/Arts International Conference Travel program is designed to supplement costs for travel to international conferences for researchers working in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Funding is available for approximately 40 travel grants.


SSHRC EXCHANGE GRANTS: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TRAVEL UP TO $2,000

Deadlines: March 1st and October 1st

Terms of Reference and Instructions 
Application Form

Please submit application by email to pam.forsberg@ubc.ca or to:

Pamela Forsberg
Research Grants Facilitator
Office of the Dean
Buchanan Block A, Room 240
1866 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1
Campus Mail – ZONE 1

The Arts Undergraduate Research Award (AURA) provides funding to Arts Faculty members that enables them to hire Arts undergraduate research assistants for work on start-up or continuing research projects. By participating in these projects, AURA-funded assistants contribute to and learn about scholarly inquiry.

AURA awards are grants of $3,000, per student and are specifically recommended for domestic students, as we also have the International Undergraduate Research Award is available specifically for International students. Both awards fund summer research positions for Arts Undergraduate students. Faculty members are welcome to apply for both the AURA and the International Undergraduate Research Award in the same funding year.

Deadline: 4:00 pm Wednesday, November 21, 2018 

Questions should be directed to arts.awards@ubc.ca.

Application Form & Instructions:

2019 AURA Instructions

2019 AURA Application Form

APPLY HERE

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to announce the fifth year of the Dean of Arts Faculty Research Awards for Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors in the Faculty of Arts. These awards are to allow research faculty one semester to concentrate entirely on research without teaching or administrative duties.


DEAN OF ARTS FACULTY RESEARCH AWARDS

Deadline: March 9, 2018
Terms of Reference and Instructions
Application Form

Please submit application by email to artsadmin.rc@ubc.ca or to:

Heather Joan Tam
Assistant to the Associate Deans - Research & Graduate Studies / Communications & Innovation
Buchanan A240
1866 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1
Campus Mail – Zone 1

The Arts Work Learn International Undergraduate Research award, provides funding to hire undergraduate international Arts students to work on research projects. By participating in these projects, Work Learn funded research assistants contribute to and learn about scholarly inquiry.

The award of $4,200 per student is funded by the UBC Work Learn Program, however, this award differs significantly from the regular program that you may be familiar with.

The UBC Work Learn program is administered through the university and is an employment subsidy program, whereby faculty members top-up the payment amount to create a full time summer position. This award funds part-time summer positions, specifically for international students, and requires no faculty top-up. This award does not follow any of the guidelines that UBC Work Learn sends out, please do not confuse the two opportunities!

This award is a part-time summer position with the student being paid $16.00, subject to taxes and benefits. We will work directly with you to confirm the time frame of the appointment and the eligibility of the student once a name or names of students are provided to us. However, the time-frame we would suggest would be May 1, 2019 – August 15, 2019.

The student must be registered as international. If they are in their 4th year, and graduating in May 2019, we will contact them to provide information on where to find out more about work visa/permits. If you are interested in hiring a 4th year student they may be ineligible due to VISA complications, therefore selecting a 2nd or 3rd year student is a safer approach.

Deadline: 4:00 pm on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

Questions about this award can be directed to arts.awards@ubc.ca.

Application Form & Instructions:

2019 International Work Learn Award Instructions

2019 International Work Learn Award Application

APPLY HERE