Graduate Catalyst Award

Purpose: Many faculty members have an unfinished artistic project, or a scholarly article, that is caught in the “in progress” phase. Through the ICCC Graduate Catalyst Award, a student will act as the “catalyst” to move the project to completion. The Award is designed to get the article finished and submitted for publication, or the artistic work completed and performed/exhibited. It does this by fostering faculty mentoring, facilitating faculty-student collaboration, and developing student skills. The Catalyst Award will enrich the student’s CV (first as a graduate award and second through the resulting scholarly publication or artistic performance/exhibit) and the faculty member’s career (supporting promotion/merit/tenure and research grant success).

Value: $3,500

Term: 6 months (one time renewable)

Eligibility: All faculty members in the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts applying for a clearly defined in-progress project. The Catalyst Award will be offered to a graduate student of the successful faculty member’s choice. In special circumstances, senior undergraduate students will be considered. Likewise, in special circumstances, the project may be one that the student has initiated.

Conditions: The successful applicant will:

  • Participate actively in relevant programs and activities of the ICCC;
  • Acknowledge the ICCC in any publications arising from the fellowship; and
  • Provide a one-page final report highlighting the results of the fellowship. Please note that future awards are dependent upon receipt of this report.

Application Procedures: Applications must include one copy of the following: 


  • A detailed description (2 page maximum)
 from a Humanities and Fine Arts faculty member explaining (1) the strengths and abilities of the chosen student, (2) how this award will advance the work of the applicant and lead to a co-publication/co-creation, and (3) how this work will contribute to goals and visions of the ICCC.

Application Deadline: 

All application deadlines have been postponed until the new year. Applications can still be submitted under the caveat that decisions will not be made until January 2018, when a new committee is in place.

ICCC Graduate Student Fellowship

Purpose: This fellowship is designed to attract highly qualified students conducting novel interdisciplinary research/scholarly/artist work in the broadly defined areas of culture and creativity. Successful projects will reach across traditional departmental boundaries, move research/practice forward in new directions, and contribute to the field of study.

Value: Matching funds up to $10,000/year for one year. Departmental funding or SSHRC funding (or other research grant funding) may be used as matching funds.  Students may hold the ICCC Graduate Student Fellowship in addition to a centrally administered award such as UGS, GTF, TSDF or Dean’s, as long as funding from the ICCC Fellowship and other sources does not total more than 50% of the centrally administered award.  

Term: 12 months

Eligibility: A student applying to any humanities or fine arts graduate program (MA, MFA or PhD program). Students must be studying on a full-time basis. Students will be selected on the basis of accomplishment appropriate to their career stage, academic merit, the promise of excellence, and the relevance of their project to the ICCC. The research environment in which the Fellow will study will also be considered.

Conditions: The successful applicant will:

  • Participate actively in relevant programs and activities of the ICCC;
  • Give at least one seminar, lecture or public presentation on their work;
  • Acknowledge the ICCC in any publications arising from the fellowship; and
  • Provide a one-page final report highlighting the results of the fellowship.

Application Procedures: Applications must include one copy of each of the following: 


  • A letter of recommendation from the graduate chair describing (1) the strengths and potential of the student, (2) the source(s) of matching funds, and (3) how the student’s work will contribute to goals and visions of the ICCC; and
  • A copy of the student’s entire graduate program application (including statement of intent, CV, transcripts and letters).
Application Deadline All application deadlines have been postponed until the new year. Applications can still be submitted under the caveat that decisions will not be made until January 2018, when a new committee is in place.