Culture of Discovery

St. Thomas More College (STM) fosters a culture of discovery among its researchers. The STM Academic Administrative Assistant (AAA) provides faculty assistance through research facilitation and grant administration for internal and external grants. 


STM requires all research conducted by its faculty members to conform to the highest ethical standards.

Any research or study conducted at STM or undertaken by STM faculty that involve human subjects (U of S Human Research Ethics Policy) must be reviewed and approved by the U of S Research Ethics Board (REB) before the research project commences. For more information please view the STM Responsible Conduct of Research document.

Internal Grants

STM supports its researchers by offering the following internal grants: 

Seed Grants are provided for four purposes:

  1. To provide support to faculty for the development of new research projects or programs that are intended to be submitted for funding by external granting agencies, such as Tri-Agency funding.
  2. To provide assistance to faculty in the undertaking or completion of research projects likely to result in publication, but which do not lend themselves to requests for major funding grants.
  3. To provide, in the case of tenured, tenure-track, and other full-time faculty, assistance for travel for the purposes of presenting papers at conferences where such conference participation is important for the completion of a research project and the faculty member has already exhausted his/her PDA in conference travel.
  4. To provide assistance for sessional or other part-time faculty to give papers at conferences.

Award Amount: up to $2,000

STM supports faculty research that further develops its distinctive program areas. These program areas include: Catholic Studies, Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good, Ukrainian Studies, Philosophy, Jewish Christian Origins, CMRS, and Community Service Learning. The DARA is modeled on the original Seed Grant but differs by prioritizing research projects that strengthen faculty expertise in one of the above-named areas.

Award Amount: up to $2,000

The St. Thomas More College Research Grant is financed from General Research Funds in support of faculty singularly or collaboratively engaging in scholarship at St. Thomas More College. The grant is intended to promote initiative, facilitate the successful completion of long-term projects, encourage cross-pollination among the disciplines, facilitate success in external grant competitions, and stimulate the formation of a community of scholars both within St. Thomas More College and in wider academic circles.

Award Amount: up to $5,000

STM offers two grants to offset the costs associated with publications:

Article Preparation Fund

Prior to submission, modest grants are awarded to cover costs related to the preparation of a peer-reviewed book/monograph manuscript, journal article, or book chapter for publication. Collections for which the applicant is the senior editor are also considered within this category.

Award Amount: up to $2,000

Article Subvention Fund

In order to be eligible in this category you must have confirmation from the publisher that the work has been accepted for publication. The committee will consider applications to this fund to assist with publication costs for books, journal articles, conference proceedings, and other scholarly and creative works. The criteria for each of these categories are detailed in the application for the fund.

Award Amount: up to $5,000

Application deadlines for internal grants are twice yearly on April 15 and October 15. For more information about STM’s internal grants please contact the STM AAA, Laura Mitchell, or view each grant’s policies and procedures in the Research Committee’s Internal Grants SharePoint folder (STM login required).

External Grants

Listed below are some national and international awards and grants open to STM faculty. The STM AAA oversees research facilitation for all external grants. For more information about these and other awards, as well as for all inquiries regarding research funding including co-applications, sub-agreements, and timeline extensions, please contact Laura Mitchell.


The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences. It offers funding through three programs: Talent, Insight, and Connection. View upcoming deadlines for SSHRC funding opportunities.


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Canadian federal funding agency that funds health research. It has numerous funding initiatives and programs that fund four pillars of health research: biomedical; clinical; health systems services; and population health. View current and future funding opportunities from CIHR.


The Natural Science and Research Council of Canada (NSERC) supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. It provides funding to professors through its DiscoverInnovate, and Research Tools and Instruments and Infrastructure programs.

New Frontiers in Research Fund

The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) is a new Tri-Agency initiative that will invest $275 million over the next five years to fund international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and high-risk research. The NFRF funds three streams of research: Exploration, Transformation, and International. Exploration generates opportunities for Canada to build strength in high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research. Transformation provides large-scale support for Canada to build strength and leadership in interdisciplinary and transformative research. International enhances opportunities for Canadian researchers to participate in research with international partners.


The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) funds projects in health research and innovation in Saskatchewan. Funding opportunities are posted throughout the year. View information on current and upcoming opportunities here.  

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

From their website: “The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute is a binational organization that promotes understanding between India and Canada through academic activities and exchanges.” The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute offers a wide range of funding opportunities each year for students and faculty to partner with academic institutions in India.

Trudeau Foundation Fellowships

Each year the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation funds five fellowships for researchers and professors in the humanities and social sciences. They encourage applications from academics at all career levels, from ECR to established professors, who are innovative in their teaching and research, and have experience with community-based projects.

Expanded Reason Awards

The Expanded Reason Awards are offered annually by the University Francisco de Vitoria in collaboration with the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI. The awards “recognize and encourage innovation in scientific research and the academic programs of those professors or researchers who make a dialogue from their particular science with philosophy and/or theology.”

Fulbright Awards

Traditional Fulbright Awards are open to Canadian scholars in all fields. Fellowships of one semester or one year allow scholars at all career stages to conduct teaching and research at any university in the United States. Fulbright Canada particularly encourages applications from scholars working on contemporary issues relevant to Canada, the United States and the relationship between the two countries

Gerda Henkel Foundation

The Gerda Henkel Foundation concentrates its support on the historical humanities, mainly on history, archaeology, the history of art and other disciplines with a historical component. It offers research grants through the general research grant programme. For a number of years it has funded special programmes around issues of relevance to contemporary life and the future, including Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements; Lost Cities. Perception of and living with abandoned cities in the cultures of the world; and Democracy as Utopia, Experience and Threat.

Wellcome Foundation Open Research Fund

From their website: “This funding supports researchers to develop and test innovative ways of making health research open, accessible and reusable.” The Open Research Fund is open to teams of up to 6 health researchers from anywhere in the world and offers grants up to £50,000.

Bodleian Libraries

The Bodleian Libraries Visiting Fellows Programme offers several short-term fellowships. Some fellowships are open to any subject but there are others that focus on scholars working on subjects such as early modern history, Persian Arts of the Book, and music.

The Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. offers a large number of short and long-term fellowships. The collection at the Folger includes 60,000 manuscripts from the 15th-21st centuries; over 80,000 printed books from England and continental Europe between 1475-1800; and the Folger performance history collection, which houses playbills, promptbooks, films and recordings, and costumes and props from Shakespearean and non-Shakespearean productions.

Houghton Library Visiting Fellowships, Harvard University

Houghton Library Visiting Fellowships support scholars at all stages of their careers. The library particularly welcomes proposals that reexamine its collections through a global lens and/or demonstrate how the holdings of a rare book and manuscript library can contribute to discourse around contemporary social, political, and cultural issues. Fellows receive a $3,600 stipend and are expected to be in residence at Houghton for at least four weeks within their fellowship year (July through June), though these do not have to be consecutive weeks. Because of renovations at the library, the program is on hold for 2019-2020; application guidelines for 2020-2021 will be available in September 2019.

The Huntington Library

The Huntington Library offers short and long-term fellowships for scholars who wish to use the library’s resources. The fellowships include awards for Early Career Researchers, non-tenure faculty and non-traditional scholars, and travel scholarships to partner libraries in the UK and Ireland. The Huntington’s collection strengths include medieval manuscripts, particularly Middle English literature, 18th- and 19th-century American history, Renaissance poetry, Victorian literature and the pre-Raphaelites, as well as Renaissance exploration and cartography.

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress

The Kluge Center offers twelve fellowships each year for scholars to study for four-eleven months at the Library of Congress. The Fellowship is open to scholars in the humanities and social sciences with special consideration given to those whose projects demonstrate relevance to the challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. The Fellowship is open to scholars whose PhD was awarded within the past seven years. Applications are due July 15. 

National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center in North Carolina offers fellowships for advanced studies in the humanities. The Center offers open fellowships in any humanities discipline as well as fellowships for environmental studies, English literature, art history, Asian studies, theology, and for early-career female philosophers.

Newberry Library

The Newberry Library in Chicago offers short- and long-term fellowships for scholars whose work draws on the strengths of the library’s holdings. Applications are due in November and December each year. For more information about their general and topic-specific fellowships click here.

Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Each spring the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscripts Studies at the University of Pennsylvania accepts applications for its short-term visiting research fellowships. Fellows will have access to the SIMS collection of pre-modern manuscripts, as well as the pre-modern manuscript collections at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and other special collections in the Philadelphia area.