Funding for Research

The Jackman Humanities Institute sponsors up to 12 (twelve) working groups during each academic year. Each working group consists of graduate students and faculty who conduct research or engage in other scholarly exchange. A working group can be funded for one year, but may apply for renewal in future years (with a limit of five years).

All working groups will be expected to provide progress reports on the activities of the group and a final accounting. The funds can support visitors, refreshments, materials, or other related costs. Each group is expected to meet at least four times a term, or a minimum of eight meetings a year.

Groups must be interdisciplinary, and each group must have participation from at least three different units (departments, centres, institutes or programs). Each group should have a minimum of six University of Toronto 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 member named in the application will be responsible for the management of the funds awarded to the group.

The topics for the working groups are NOT limited 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 does NOT support groups that:

  • Properly should be supported by other programs or units
  • Support the research program of a single or a pair of faculty member(s)
  • Host a lecture series

More details and a link to the application form will be made available when the 2023-24 call opens in March 2023. For up to date information about Working Groups, check our Announcements, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter. You can also read information about current Working Groups.