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Working Groups 2018-2019

Application Start Date: Apr 16th, 2018, 12:00 am
Application End Date: May 15th, 2018, 11:59 pm

Call for Proposals
Jackman Humanities Institute Working Groups, 2018-2019

The Jackman Humanities Institute will sponsor up to 12 (twelve) working groups during the 2018-2019 academic year. Each working group will consist of graduate students and faculty that will conduct research or engage in other scholarly exchange. A working group will be funded for one year, but may apply for renewal in future years based on success in the current year (with a limit of five years running).
Each successful application for JHI Working Group for 2018-2019 will be awarded $3,000.

All working groups will be expected to provide progress reports and a final accounting of how the funds were spent as well as a report on the activities of the group. The funds can support visitors, refreshments, materials, or other related costs. Each group is expected to meet at least four times a term, for a minimum of eight meetings a year. Unspent award funds must be returned to the JHI at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year (1 July 2019).

Groups must be interdisciplinary, and each group must have participation from at least three different units (departments, centres, institutes or programs). Groups will have a minimum of six U of T members and include balanced numbers of graduate students and faculty. All members of the group are expected to participate fully in the group’s activities.  Previously funded working groups are eligible to re-apply. Participants may work with no more than two groups per year. Working groups may be proposed by doctoral students, on the understanding that a faculty partner named in the application will be responsible for the management of funds awarded to the group.

Preference will be given to groups that will hold at least one meeting per term at either the University of Toronto Mississauga or the University of Toronto Scarborough campus.
The JHI can provide space for meetings and small conferences on the first floor of the JHB (seating 100), and on the 10th floor (seating up to 25) in the JHI seminar room (this space available only 9-5 weekdays).  We also offer a private virtual space through our website restricted to each group for conversation, postings, blogging, and shared research. Topics for the working groups are NOT restricted to the JHI annual theme.

Some possible activities for working groups include:

  • a local area working group drawing from other universities in the GTA
  • a group exploring new collaborative links
  • a group producing a joint publication
  • a group linked to a larger conference or seminar

The JHI will NOT support:

  • groups that properly should be supported by other programs or units
  • groups that support the research program of a single or a pair of faculty member(s)
  • groups whose primary function is to host a lecture series
  • costs related to developing a website
  • costs greater than $500 for administrative support

To apply:

  1. Ask EVERY member of the group to register on the JHI website if they have not already done so.
  2. Complete the application online (scroll to the bottom of this page to Apply Now! -- applications will be accepted starting Monday 16 April 2018).
  3. Upload a description of the plans, membership, and rationale for the working group (max. 500 words – FIRM limit on length).
  4. Upload a proposed budget outline.
  5. If your application is for renewal of a working group running in 2017-2018, you must submit complete reporting including financial information before your application for renewal can be considered. Please adhere to length limits when providing reporting information.

Questions? Please contact Director Alison Keith at JHI.Director@utoronto.ca
Further information about JHI’s current working groups is available at:
Applications open: Monday 16 April 2018
Applications due:  Tuesday 15 May 2018

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