Faculty: Apply for Grants or Fellowships

Applying for grants or fellowships is a vital endeavour for all faculty to fund research or career goals.

To aid in this process, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research divides such opportunities into these general categories:

Internal funding

  • funding from Saint Mary's University, available only to current SMU faculty or SMU graduate students

External funding

  • funding opportunities from other institutions or agencies, which can be further separated into two broad categories:
    • funding from Canadian institutions, available only to Canadian faculty or graduate students                                                                                                 
    • funding from global institutions, available to non-Canadian faculty or graduate students


The following list provides some internal forms:

FGSR Internal Research Grants ProgramsDeadline Monday, June 5, 2023

~ The 3 Grant Programs available to apply for are:

  1. FGSR Strategic Research Grants:
    • may request grants between $5,000 - $15,000 which is normally to be utilized within 2 years.
  2. FGSR Small Internal Grants in Aid of Research:
    • may request grants up to a maximum of $1,500 which is normally to be utilized within 1 year.
  3. Saint Mary’s University Accessibility Research Fund:
    • may request grants between $7,000 - $15,000.

    Application and Guidelines for an Internal Grant for New Faculty - Deadline October 15

    Sample Internal New Faculty Grant - To show the detail the FGSR Research Committee is expecting.

    Course Release for Research Purposes - Deadline November 1

    Course Release for supervision of PhD students - Deadline November 1

    Grantee's Progress Report
    Required to reapply for Internal Grants or to extend the granting period of Internal Grants. This form may be emailed to the Research Grants Officer.

    International Conference Participation Travel Fund
    Application and guidelines - Deadlines October 15 and March 15

    Teach for a Week in Europe this Summer

    Full-time faculty and staff interested in the opportunity to teach for a week in May/June 2022 at a Saint Mary's partner institution in Poland or Croatia are encouraged to contact The Studio’s Global Learning Office. Please email Miyuki.arai@smu.ca for more information.

    External Funding Opportunities

    IMFG Post-Doctoral Fellowship
    Application Deadline - May 1, 2023

    ~ IMFG offers a $60,000 Richard M. Bird Post-Doctoral Fellowship to support researchers who have recently completed their PhD or will have completed it by September 1, 2023. Fellowship recipients will prepare two original research papers for publication by IMFG and present their research through two seminars. Depending on the recipient’s interests and IMFG’s research agenda, the recipient may also develop and organize IMFG conferences, events or roundtables and engage in various other research projects at the Institute.

    The recipient is expected to live in Toronto, Canada while pursuing their research, where they will have the opportunity to participate generally in the larger U of T community during the 2023-2024 academic year. IMFG is situated within U of T’s School of Cities, allowing the recipient to benefit from the broad network associated with the School and its affiliates.

    Fulbright Canada Research Chairs program

    Fulbright Canada Research Chairs are intended for Canadian citizens who are exceptional scholars and/or experienced professionals who wish to conduct research and/or lecture in the United States.

    Fulbright Canada Research Chairs are pre-arranged affiliations that allow scholars to conduct research/lecture on subjects important to that university. Partner universities are excited to welcome the Fulbright Visiting Chairs into campus life and encourage them to engage with students, faculty, and the broader community. Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs can guest lecture in university courses, mentor students, lecture in public venues, network, and promote their research, while representing the Fulbright program, and their home and host institutions.

    The award values range from US$25,000 to US$50,000 and from four to nine months.  Awards typically begin in either September 2022 or January 2023.

    Competition Opens - May 15, 2022
    Applications accepted until - November 15, 2022

    2022-23 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition

    The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is designed to support world-class postdoctoral researchers. The fellowship provides $70,000 per year for two years. The program is open to both Canadian and international researchers who have recently completed a PhD, PhD- equivalent, or health professional degree. Applications must be completed in full collaboration with the proposed host institution.

    The 2022-23 competition was launched in April 2022 and the application deadline will be September 21, 2022 (20:00 EDT). Please note that institutions may have internal deadlines.

    Please click here to access the launch memo, and kindly consult our website at www.banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca for further details on our program, including how to apply.

    The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research | The Royal

    The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research is funded by a generous donation from the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation, building upon the wishes of its founders, Mr. Vaclav Mach and Dr. Hanni Gaensslen, to support mental health research. 

    Each year for ten years, $100,000 will be available to be awarded to one person (or a research team of up to three persons) per competition. The Prize is awarded with the expectation that the recipient(s) will continue to demonstrate excellence in their field of work. If no appropriate candidate is found, the Prize will be deferred for one year.

    Eligible candidates are exceptional rising star researchers who are 45 years of age or younger at the application date, are Canadian citizens or have landed immigrant status in Canada, and are currently residing in Canada or are residing abroad but are committed to return to Canada within six months from the date of being awarded the Prize. In addition, candidates must be affiliated with a Canadian academic or clinical institution and their research shall be in a mental health discipline. 

    Please refer to the Prize Guidelines for full eligibility requirements and additional application details.

    The 2022 deadline date for applications is July 15, 2022.