Public Humanities Seed Grants

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*LAST CALL: APRIL 30, 2022 marks the last round of seed grants this term! We are reimagining the seed grant over the summer and will open applications under the revised program sometime later in the year.

The Public Humanities Seed Grant program aims to provide support for creative, collaborative, and experimental public humanities research projects imagined broadly. The purpose of this program is to seed new public-facing humanities projects by helping to remove initial barriers, allow for experimentation, and foster collaboration. Seed grant funds are awarded in the amount of up to $1000 and are open to UBC-V faculty, staff, and graduate students in Arts, Education, and Law. Sample projects may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • A digital humanities or media project including digital archives, online exhibits, mapping projects, podcasts, film projects, etc.
  • An on-campus project or engagement that is open to the public including a film festival, exhibit, workshop, etc.
  • A community project co-created with members of a defined public (like partnering with a local organization to co-produce some kind of community programming)

Seed grant funds may be used for costs associated with catering, venue rentals, software subscriptions (if not offered by UBC), film licensing fees, speaker honoraria, travel (when allowed), research assistant support, and more. Once awarded, recipients must meet with and discuss plans with Mary Chapman, Director of the Public Humanities Hub. 

Recipients agree to submit invoices/receipts to the Hub, a final brief report on the project supported by the seed grant, and be featured in Hub communications (including our website, annual report, and social media). Any promotion of your project should include the Hub logo and note that this is a Public Humanities Hub-funded project. Depending on your project, the Hub may be able to provide communications and event support. 

Fill out the application form and submit it through the link below. Applications will be reviewed quarterly. At least $15,000 in seed funding is available for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. 

Application Form (Word)

SEED Grant Recipients 2021-2022

Kinley Gillette, PhD Student, Philosophy: “The Social and Political Dimensions of Science” (a podcast+video and workshop series)

Olivia Dreisinger, PhD Student, English: “Diagnosis Grad School: A Disability Podcast Series”

Helena Wu, Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Studies: “Citizen-Spectatorship: Mapping Community Screening in Postmillennial Hong Kong”

Tomoko Kitayama Yen, Librarian, UBC Library: “I Know We’ll Meet Again: Correspondence and the Forced Dispersal of Japanese Canadians” (Public Event)
Additional team members:

  • John Paul Catungal, Assistant Professor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice
  • Allan Cho, Librarian, UBC Library
  • Laura Ishiguro, Associate Professor, History
  • Krisztina Laszlo, Archivist, UBC Library
  • Szu Shen, Program Manager, Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies
  • Chelsea Shriver, Librarian, UBC Library