Research Cluster Grants

Fostering collaboration is a central priority in UBC’s new strategic plan. The Public Humanities Hub offers support for interdisciplinary research cluster development among Humanities scholars in the Faculties of Arts, Law, and Education at UBC-V and encourages these clusters, once established, to seek additional funding in the form of VPRI-funded Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters  or SSHRC.

Seeking funding to support a research cluster?

The Public Humanities Hub Research Cluster grants are intended to promote interdisciplinary research activity and communication among humanities scholars at UBC and to help collaborators secure additional funding; Hub cluster grants can serve, for example, as matching funds in SSHRC Connection Grant applications or Partnership applications. A “cluster” does not need to be huge; it should ideally consist of at least two Humanities faculty members and may also include graduate students and non-Humanities faculty. Each PHH Research Cluster Grant can be up to $15,000. A total of $75,000 is available each year.

Ready to apply for additional research cluster funding?

Talk to us about how to apply for VPRI-funded Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters and SSHRC grants that fund collaborative research projects. The Hub can put you in touch with successful applicants who can provide feedback on your application.

Want to start a cluster?

Would you like to organize a meeting with other UBC humanities scholars who might be interested in forming a research cluster, applying for a grant, etc? Let us know! The Hub can reach out to potentially interested scholars; book a venue; take meeting minutes; and, if desired, photograph or videotape your meeting.

Application: Public Humanities Hub Research Clusters 2021

Deadline: Monday, March 8, 2021
Tenure of award: April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022

Terms of Reference and Instructions (PDF) (Word)
Application Form (Word)
Research Project Information Form (RPIF) (PDF)

Application Procedures
Please upload PDF or Word files of the current UBC CVs of all Cluster members, a Research Project Information Form for the Principal Investigator, along with a completed application form, signed by the Principal Investigator and your Department/Unit Head, at the link below by March 7, 2021.

Queries can be directed to Public Humanities Hub Academic Director Mary Chapman at