Upcoming Opportunities

School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.

Grants and Fellowships


SSHRC Connection Grants

Deadline: May1, August 1, November 1, February 1. Applicants can expect results within approximately 8 weeks.
Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating.

Value and Duration: $7000 to $25,000 for 1 year. 50% matching funds required (excluding registration fees).

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants

Deadline: March 15, June 15, September 15, December 15


They provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector. The small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships supported through the Partnership Engage Grants are meant to respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors. In addressing an organization-specific need, challenge and/or opportunity, these partnerships let non-academic organizations and postsecondary researchers access each other’s unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities on topics of mutual interest.

Value and Duration: $7,000 to $25,000 for 1 year.

CIFAR Research Workshops (Open Call)

Deadline: Rolling deadline.


We invite the global research community to submit proposals for workshops that are centred on complex, fundamental questions of importance to the world. Topics selected for workshops should have the potential to impact multiple sectors of society internationally. Topics that are timely in the context of world events, high-risk or which have strong potential for advancement or refinement through a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach are encouraged. The open call is now open for workshop proposals from any field of humanities, engineering, social, natural, or biomedical sciences that address critical questions of global importance.

Value and Duration: Up to $50,000 for events expected to be held by the end of 2017.

Mitacs Accelerate Internships

Deadline: Rolling deadline

The Accelerate Program provides interns with the opportunity to transfer their skills from theory to real-world application, while companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise.
Value and Duration: $15,000 ($7,500 from MITACS & $7,500 industry match) for 4 months.

Mitacs Globalink Research Awards

Deadline: Rolling deadline (10-12 weeks before project start)
The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides the opportunity for faculty members and students at Canadian universities to build an international research network and undertake research abroad.
Value and Duration: Up to $5,000 to Canadian supervisor for student travel expenses for 12-24 weeks.

SOSCIP Standard Collaborative Projects – Call for Expressions of Interest

Deadline: Rolling deadline


The Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) is inviting eligible researchers to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) in partnership with industry for the development of Standard Collaborative Projects. Objectives are to: Generate creative collaborations among SOSCIP consortium member academic institutions and industry; facilitate new opportunities for researchers and industry to access high performance Blue Gene/Q, Cloud, Agile, and Large Memory System computing environments; address industry challenges across a broad range of strategic sectors; and create new products and/or services that can be commercialized in Ontario and applied both domestically and around the globe.

Duration: 2 years

CIFAR International & Interdisciplinary Research Workshops – Open Call

Deadline: Rolling Deadline


CIFAR is announcing the launch of a new opportunity to explore key questions of global importance that can best be addressed through interdisciplinary, international teams. We have designed a research workshop program for short-term, time-limited interactions of 10 to 20 people. We invite the global research community to submit proposals for workshops that are centred on complex, fundamental questions of importance to the world. Topics selected for workshops should have the potential to impact multiple sectors of society internationally. Topics that are timely in the context of world events, high-risk or which have strong potential for advancement or refinement through a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach are encouraged.

Value and Duration: Up to $50,000. Event must be held within 9 months of acceptance.

Canadian Heritage: Canada 150 Fund

Agency Deadline: No set deadline. At least 30 days prior to desired start of project.


The Department of Canadian Heritage (CH) has recently announced a new funding initiative: the Canada 150 Fund which aims to promote Canadian values, culture and history, generate national pride, and bring citizens together to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. Initiatives may include: documentary films, learning materials and activities, theatrical or musical performances, large-scale artwork projects.

Value and Duration: No set amount. Funding for up to 1 year.

Getty Foundation Grants and Fellowships

Agency Deadline: Various Deadlines


The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, it strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts.

Value and Duration: Unstated.

The Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award — Call for Submissions

Deadline: July 10, 2017


Melissa Levin (1958–2015) was an artist, mentor and teacher whose career as a textile and costume designer was synonymous with her exuberant love of colour and pattern. The Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award was established in honour of Melissa’s passion for mentoring emerging artists, with generous donations made by family, friends and communities.

The award is geared to help emerging artists in any medium conduct self-directed activities such as art production, apprenticeships, residencies or research. If the applicant desires, the Textile Museum of Canada will support a customized program of research, including access to the Textile Museum of Canada’s library, exhibitions and permanent collection of over 13,000 global artifacts, exposing the successful applicants to new worlds of inspiration.

Value: $3,000. Two awards will be given.

SSHRC Insight Grants

Deadline: October 15, 2017


Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for long-term research initiatives of three to five years.

Value and Duration: $7,000 to $400,000 for 3 to 5 years.

Events, Conferences, Calls for Papers


Journal of Arts and Education (Call for Papers)

Journals of Arts and Education, is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal that publishes substantive and integrative reviews, as well as summary reports of innovative ongoing research programs. We welcome the submission of articles in the areas of subject in line with Art and Religion, Biblical Studies, Cultural and Historical Studies of Religions, Ethics and Social Theory, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Interreligious Studies, Liturgical Studies, Orthodox Christian Studies, Religion and Psychology, Systematic and Philosophical Theology, Educational Psychology, Educational Administration, Educational Management, Science Education, Social science, History Education, Physical and Health Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Arts Education, Guidance and Counselling Psychology.


JAR: Journal for Artistic Research (Call for Papers)

The Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) is an inter-national, online, Open Access and peer-reviewed journal for the identification, publication and dissemination of artistic research and its methodologies, from all arts disciplines.


Becoming Elemental Symposium

Senselab, Concordia University, Montreal

July 28-29, 2017

An interdisciplinary two-day symposium
looking to gather scholars, activists, and artists, mobilizing the powers of the elements in their respective practice.


DeL 2017: Teaching Making / Making Teaching

September 14-15, 2017

University of the Arts, London

Themed ‘Teaching Making / Making Teaching’, DEL 2017 seeks to explore digitally engaged practices and processes of teaching, making and researching within the creative disciplines.


Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics

Unsettling the Americas: Radical Hospitalities and Intimate Geographies

October 5-8, 2017

York University, Toronto


Convergence speaks to the intersection of multiple perspectives, ideas, and bodies—to a confluence, a meeting point, an encounter. Unsettling the Americas: Radical Hospitalities and Intimate Geographies is an invitation to respond critically, aesthetically, and kinetically to the idea of “meeting grounds”—inflected, as it is, with histories of settlement, displacement, and resettlement throughout the Americas.

Laid Down on Paper: Print Making in America, 1800 to 1865 (Symposium)

October 28, 2017

Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Organized in conjunction with the Cape Ann Museum’s special exhibition Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane, this conference will explore the print world in America during the first half of the 19th century and the importance of printmaking to the growing nation. This symposium seeks papers that present original research on nineteenth-century American prints. We encourage new voices and perspectives and seek submissions from a wide range of disciplines including art, social and cultural history, communications, music and maritime history.


DADH 2017: The 8th International Conference of Digital Archives and Digital Humanities — Call for Papers

November 29 to December 1, 2017

National Chengchi University, Taipei

While the debates over the definition, landscape, and scale of digital humanities continue, digital humanists seem to have a consensus that digital humanities are constantly evolving and facing new challenges.  Take big data as an example.  Technologies automatically and instantly archive what people say, what people do, and even what people think.  The rich information provided by big data leads humanities research to a new frontier that can hardly be imagined by classical humanists.  However, the self-archived data contain real, virtual, and even fake contents.  How shall digital archivists and digital humanists embrace big data and big data analytics?  Alternatively, will the ubiquitous digitization transform human culture and make “digital humanities” simply become “humanities”? Digitalization involves computing.  Digital humanists share the same tools with computational social scientists to extract information, to analyze social network, and to perform geospatial analysis.  Digital humanists have also attempted to apply the tools of computational social sciences to model and simulate the complex human experiences.   In the meanwhile, computational social scientists are exploring sentiment modeling.  When the research tools and topics of interest become common, how far can digital humanists and social scientists collaborate to gain deeper insights into common research problems and cope with shared challenges?


Calls for Research


The Helen Carswell Chair in Community Engaged Research in the Arts

York University and Regent Park School of Music (RPSM) are collaborating on a special project aimed at researching and bolstering community music in the Jane & Finch neighbourhood and beyond. Over the next 3 years, RPSM will grow to reach at least 400 children and youth annually in Jane-Finch.

RPSM currently provides subsidized music education to over 200 students (ages 3 to 18) from the Jane & Finch community through 6 locations: Firgrove Public School, Westview Centennial Secondary School, Topcliff Public School, Oakdale Public School, Monsignor Fraser College, and Firgrove Learning and Innovation Community Centre (FLICC). RPSM is providing access to private, group and ensemble music lessons, with students given the choice of a wide range of faculty, instruments and genres from piano lessons and choir to steel pan and new technology.

This long-term partnership with York University, under the Helen Carswell Fellow in Community Engaged Research in the Arts will help us:

  • Strengthen programming at RPSM through interdisciplinary, evidence based research
  • Increase the number of children reached by RPSM while improving the impact it has on children from marginalized neighbourhoods.
  • Conduct rigorous academic research exploring the many benefits of community-music programs and the links between music and learning
  • Significantly benefit children from high-risk neighbourhoods and fortify community music programs globally by informing their programming through publications, conferences and other forms of knowledge mobilization

RPSM will work side by side with York University, the Helen Carswell Fellow in Community Engaged Research in the Arts, members of the Advisory Working Group and York’s Knowledge Mobilization team to encourage multi-disciplinary research projects that will inform RPSM’s curriculum and programming to ensure that we offer new opportunities to children and youth from Jane-Finch.

Karen Burke, the Helen Carswell Fellow in Community Engaged Research in the Arts, together with the Advisory Working Group, is pleased to welcome the submission of research proposals for projects that measure the impact of the Regent Park School of Music’s (RPSM) programs in the Jane-Finch community. Projects can explore a variety of perspectives, going beyond education to include psychology, health, business, sociology, environmental studies.

Graduate students and faculty members from all Faculties at York University are invited to submit proposals.


  • The budget maximum for each project proposal is $20,000
  • The timeline for projects can range from 6 months to 18 months, beginning January 2018 and ending no later than June 2019
  • Proposals are to be 300-500 words; a budget and project timeline are to be attached but are not included in the 300-500 word limit
  • The deadline for the submission of proposals is October 27, 2017
  • Applicants will be informed of decisions in mid-November, 2017

Suggested topics for research include, but are not restricted to,

  • What tools, training and resources do RPSM faculty need to succeed when teaching students from low socio-economic backgrounds living in high risk communities?
  • How do social issues (e.g. trauma, poverty, racism, etc.) affect students in RPSM’s programs, and how can a community music school best support students affected by these challenges?
  • What impact do RPSM music classes have on middle and high school aged children studying music after school? Which music classes attract/retain more girls than boys (or vice versa), and why?
  • How do small or large ensemble instructional formats differ in their effectiveness in achieving the goals of RPSM?
  • How does the breadth of curriculum resonate with the Jane & Finch Community?  Are there new areas of offering that should be considered?
  • What other benefits are there for RPSM children with regards to health and well-being?

Questions can be directed to Karen Burke (burkek@yorku.ca) or Richard Marsella (director@rpmusic.org)

Proposals are to be submitted to Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt (normasue@yorku.ca)