FAS Funds & Awards

Dean's Initiatives Awards

Created by Barbara Crow during the first year of her tenure as Dean of Arts and Science, the Dean’s Initiatives Awards support and advance priorities of the Faculty, including: equity, diversity, Indigeneity, international mobility, graduate education, and teaching.

These awards are designed to encourage our students, faculty, and staff to bring forward creative ideas to move the Faculty and the university forward in these important areas.

Many of these awards have been made possible through the support of donors and alumni, to which we are grateful.  We are fortunate to have such an amazing community of supporters.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization (EDI-I) Fund

The Faculty of Arts and Science Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization (EDI-I) Fund provides support to members of FAS for activities related to the Faculty’s strategic priorities around EDI-I. This fund is open to Faculty, Staff and all students and has an open deadline.

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Conference Fund

The FAS Conference Fund provides support for regular Faculty members and continuing adjuncts in the Faculty of Arts and Science who are organizing professional conferences, colloquia, symposia, or workshops to disseminate their research. The amount of the award is $3,000 for events organized in the Kingston area or at the Bader College in Herstmonceux. Events organized elsewhere in Canada or internationally will also be considered. This fund is open to Faculty only. The deadlines for applications are October 1, January 1, April 1, and July 1 (or next business day).

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Student Initiatives Fund

Do you have a great project idea? Need assistance to remove financial barriers that may had otherwise hinder your research? Have an important community focused venture but need help paying additional costs? Want to engage other students across campus with a unique initiative? The Faculty of Arts and Science is dedicated to providing an educational environment that promotes learning both in and out of the classroom. Through the generosity of our benefactors, the Dean’s Office is able to offer our students grants to fund or partially fund one-of-a-kind opportunities and initiatives identified by students. This fund is open to all students and can award up to $2,500. The deadline to apply is open.

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Award for Project-based & Portfolio PhD Research

This award program provides financial support for students pursuing doctoral research who are undertaking a project option and/or a portfolio PhD. For a description of the three options available to students pursuing a PhD, see the School of Graduate Study information sheets, “The PhD Thesis – Enabling Flexibility (For Programs)” and “The PhD Thesis – Enabling Flexibility (For Students).” The PPP Award supports costs directly related to the completion of the degree to a maximum value of $3,000. This award is open to PhD students. Deadline for application is May 15.

Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

The Faculty of Arts and Science Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching recognizes faculty members who, in the judgement of their graduate students, have made outstanding contributions to promoting graduate student excellence through teaching, supervision and mentorship at the graduate level. Deadline for nominations is May 15.

Prize for Student Data Visualization

The Dean of Arts and Science invites undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to submit original works of data visualization to be considered for prizes. The Data Visualization Award is an opportunity for students to show off their data visualization skills and research. Data visualizations may include everything from charts, to graphs, to maps, to 3-D models. This prize is open to all students. Up to four prizes of $250 will be awarded. Deadline for submission is June 30.

Dean's Awards for Graduate Students

In addition to our funding packages, we offer the following Faculty of Arts and Science Dean’s awards:

  • Dean’s Award for Women in Science
  • Dean’s Award for Social Justice Dean’s Award for Environmental Justice
  • Dean’s Award for Creativity and Community
  • Dean’s Award for Global Sustainability
  • Dean’s Award for Women in Computing
  • Dean’s Award for Women in Mathematics
  • Dean’s Award for Women in Technology

These awards are based on academic merit and are intended to support graduate students in making contributions to their field of study. The maximum value of the award is $3,000. There is no deadline and no applications are required for these awards. All you need to do to be considered is apply to a relevant Arts and Science graduate program.

Other Graduate Student Awards

Between internal and departmental awards, teaching and research assistantships, external scholarships and fellowships, our students receive nearly $28 million in total funding each year. As a prospective student, it is important to be aware of what your funding options are and for which awards you are eligible to apply. Students should apply for all scholarships and awards for which they are eligible.

For further information about awards and bursaries for graduate students, please visit the School of Graduate Studies and and Postdoctoral Affairs website where you'll find comprehensive information on various sources of internal and external funding.

Additional FAS Funds & Awards

In addition to the Dean's Initiative Awards, there are a number of other funds and awards that are available for students, staff and faculty in the Faculty of Arts and Science to apply for, some of which are made possible by the generous donations of our alumni.

Black Scholars Excellence in Mentorship Award

The Faculty Office is pleased to launch the Black Scholars Excellence in Mentorship Award. The award is available to Black Faculty (inclusive of continuing and term adjuncts), graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, who individually or as a team, contribute to an inclusive and supportive research environment at Queen’s University.

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The Patsy and Jamie Anderson Student Initiatives Fund

The Patsy and Jamie Anderson Student Initiatives Fund was established to provide annual support to students within the Faculty of Arts and Science, specifically in the departments of Classics, English, Philosophy and History who participate in competitions, symposia, conferences, community development projects and the publication of scholarly work. Requests up to $2,00 will be considered. Applications will be processed in October and March of each year.

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Bartlett Family Fund for the Humanities

The Bartlett Family Fund for the Humanities was established to promote excellence in the Humanities at Queen’s by providing key assistance in selected areas. Funds will be directed to support specific projects that are intended to have a tangible impact beyond the fiscal year they are expended and are not to be used to supplement operating costs of the program. Applications deadline is August 15.

Bartlett Student Initiatives Fund

The Bartlett Student Initiatives Fund will be used to support student participation in projects devoted to the principles of personal growth/community service. Projects should provide educational opportunities such as participation in exchanges, competitions, internships, symposia, conferences and seminars. Applications will be processed in February, May and October.

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The Poole Family Student Initiatives Fund

The Poole Family Student Initiative Fund in the Faculty of Arts and Science was established to provide modest grants to undergraduate students registered in the Stage and Screen Studies program, the DAN School of Drama and Music or Bachelor of Fine Arts program. These grants will enable students to participate in projects that will provide educational opportunities outside of the classroom related to their intellectual, social, athletic, artistic or personal development. Applications will be processed in March and October of each year.

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Good Family Visiting Faculty Fellowship

The Good Family Visiting Faculty Research Fellowship was established to encourage research in a wide variety of fields, reinforcing the traditional and anticipated research strengths of Queen’s University by inviting an outstanding scholar, who is currently on sabbatical from their home institution, to join Queen’s University for a fixed-term 6 month appointment in one of the following areas: Biology, Economics, Environmental Studies, History, Physical Health Education, Political Studies, Psychology or Sociology. Application deadline is January 15.

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David Edney Research Travel Award

This annual award provides two graduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science with an opportunity to study and do research in Paris, France, for up to two months in the summer in a fully-equipped apartment owned by Queen's alumnus, Professor David Edney. Application deadline is November 14.

International Mobility Fund

The International Mobility Fund provides support to current undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students who wish to participate in Faculty of Arts and Science global learning activities. The fund assists students by offsetting some of the travel-related expenses related to participating in an Arts and Science global learning experience. The maximum amount for the travel subsidy is $2,000 CDN. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis to allow for flexibility of activity start dates and deadlines.

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International Research Collaborations Fund

Awards up to $10,000 are granted and subject to available funding to support globally-engaged research collaborations involving graduate students. It is anticipated that these funds will be used primarily to support the travel of faculty and graduate students from Queen’s to potential partner institutions, and vice-versa, to develop meaningful research partnerships. These collaborations will generally be initiated by faculty members. Application deadlines are February 1, June 1, and October 1.

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The Professor Frank Pearce Essay Prize

The Professor Frank Pearce Essay Prize ($1,500) was established in September 2016 by the Steve and Sally Stavro Family Foundation, in honour of Professor Emeritus Dr. Frank Pearce. The prize will be awarded to one Master's or PhD level student who submits the best essay (5,000 words) on the topic of radical critical theory and social justice. Applications for this award will be received annually from January 1 - February 15. 

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