The University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities solicits applications for the support of Research Clusters for the 2021-22 academic year. Research Clusters are groups of faculty and graduate students from different departments and disciplines with shared research interests committed to undertaking activities related to the mandate of the Institute:
Successful groups will be awarded up to $5,000 (subject to budgetary approval) annually in seed money, which can be used toward the costs of meetings, photocopying, visiting speakers, etc. Clusters will have access to space on the UMIH website, the UMIH blog, and to room 409 Tier Building for meetings (pending reopening of the university), and they will receive some administrative support. As part of their activities, each group will be required to plan at least one public event for the Fall term and one for the Winter term during the 2021-22 academic year. Awards are granted annually, but may be renewable for a second year; two-year schedules are welcome.
Research clusters must contain at least two U of M faculty members from the Faculty of Arts, ideally from two different departments. Clusters involving students, members of the community, or scholars at other universities are particularly welcome. Proposals must be on a humanities theme (defined in terms of both content and methodology). Clusters may receive UMIH funding for a maximum of three years in any consecutive six-year period. First- or second-year applications will be prioritized over third-year applications.
The UMIH Board of Management will act as the selection committee using the following criteria:
a. the qualifications of the applicants;
b. the significance of the proposed theme and its potential appeal to a wider humanities audience;
c. the proposed activities for the 2021-22 year;d. the viability of the program and budget.
The following materials must be submitted to the address below:
Application materials will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba).
All application materials should be submitted to:
University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities
c/o Ekene Emeka-Maduka
The deadline for applications and all support material is 14 May 2021.
A decision will be made by mid-June 2021.