Dean's Graduate Research Fund

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Acknowledging the significant contributions of graduate student research, the Dean's Graduate Research Fund encourages and supports graduate students conducting research that addresses complex, critical issues facing society. Thematic priorities will vary from year-to-year.

For the 2020-21 academic year, the Dean's Graduate Research Fund is providing funding for research expenses to support graduate student research activities related to issues of systemic and structural racism, decolonization, reconciliation, critical race theory, and the impact of policies and social processes on marginalized communities. The fund is open to research from any disciplinary, theoretical and/or methodological perspective exploring these issues.


Up to $1,500 (CAD) may be awarded per grant application.


Graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.


The application window for the 2020-21 academic year is now closed.

Examples of potential expenses that a student might expect to incur related to their research are as follows: incentives for participants; materials and supplies; accommodation costs for participants (e.g. travel, interpreters, etc.); costs associated with childcare; and/or to cover costs of registration for, and travel to, scholarly conferences associated with the dissemination of research or other knowledge mobilization activities.

Applications are reviewed and assessed by a selection committee established by the Dean, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences and includes faculty from across the College.

Questions and completed applications are to be submitted to

The application form may be available in alternative formats if requested.

Download the Application Form

Download the Faculty Endorsement Form


Name Department Program Title
Kaitlyn Hunter Criminology & Criminal Justice Policy MA.CCJP Covering Defund the Police: What is the News Telling Us?
C. Emma Kelly Criminology & Criminal Justice Policy MA.CCJP Perceptions of Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy
Danah Elsayad Family Relations and Human Development MSc.FRHD Religiosity and Adjustment in Muslim Minority Adolescents
Jessica Lukawiecki Geography, Environment & Geomatics PhD.GE&G Developing Indicators to Evaluate the Outcomes of Biocultural Conservation Initiatives
Lara Powell Geography, Environment & Geomatics MA.GE&G Indigenous-Led Carbon Management: An Intersectional Sustainable Livelihoods Approach
Joanne Moores Political Science PhD.POLS+IDEV Politics of Indigenous Engagement in the COVID-19 Policy Process
Olivia Flegg Sociology & Anthropology MA.PIA Documenting the Strengths and Challenges of Ojibwe Language Revitalization in Neyaashiinigmiing
Natalie Stravens Sociology & Anthropology MA.PIA+IDEV Examining Immigrant Communities' Access to Mental Health Care in Ontario
Vanessa Rhodes Sociology & Anthropology PhD.SOC Policing Race, Place and Crime in the Canadian Context
Jordan Ho Psychology PhD.PSYC Stigmatization of Black Men in Hiring Contexts: A Multiple Categorization Approach
Elcin Ray Yol Psychology PhD.PSYC Exploring Imagined Contact from Minority and Majority Groups' Perspectives: A Cross-Cultural Investigation
Julie Rochefort Social Practice & Transformational Change PhD.SoPR Legacies of Resilience: Creating good footprints into the future

Financial support has been provided by Drs. Bryon Sheldrick, Acting Dean, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences and Gwen Chapman, Provost, Vice-President (Academic).



For more information on the Dean's Graduate Research Fund, send an email to