King's Research Excellence Fund
How to Apply:
Full-time faculty members of King’s University College at Western are invited to apply for the King’s Research Excellence Chairs and King’s Research Excellence Scholar Grants.
Instructions and application forms are available through OWL:
The annual application deadline is the last Thursday in January, awards are announced by April, and funding starts May 1.
Due to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for 2022 applications has been extended to Thursday, February 17, 2022.
King’s Research Excellence Fund
In the Spring of 2021, King’s began the establishment of the King’s Research Excellence Fund. The fund provides a total of $1 million to be distributed at a rate of no more than $60,000/year until funds are exhausted (2038).
These funds will be used to recognize and expand the extraordinary contribution of King’s faculty members to the advancement of knowledge and so represent a significant investment in advancing “engagement in the open pursuit of truth and the discovery and sharing of knowledge in service to humanity” as outlined in King’s mission statement.
The King’s Research Activities Committee (RAC) was charged with setting out the terms of reference distributing the King's Research Excellence Fund and for selecting recipients.
The RAC is distributing the King's Research Excellence Fund through two awards programs:
- King’s Research Excellence Scholar Grants
- King’s Research Excellence Chairs
Full-time faculty members of King’s University College are invited to apply to these programs.
Full program details are outlined in the “King’s Research Excellence Fund Terms of Reference and Guidelines” document
Questions about the King's Research Excellence Fund should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be addressed by King’s Research Facilitator who will be managing the administrative aspects of the program on behalf of the Research Activities Committee.
King’s Research Excellence Scholar Grants
Up to three King’s Research Excellence Scholar Grants will be awarded each year. Each grant is valued at $10,000.
The grants will be used to fund high-quality, innovative, and impactful research projects.
King’s Research Excellence Chairs
Two King’s Research Excellence Chairs will be awarded every three years. One King's Research Excellence Chair will be awarded to an early career scholar (defined as someone in the first seven years of their academic career, taking into account approved leaves) and one other King's Research Excellence Chair will be awarded to an established scholar.
Each King's Research Excellence Chair will receive $15,000/year, renewable on an annual basis for a maximum of three years (totalling $45,000).
The King's Research Excellence Chairs honour scholars at King’s who are recognized by their peers as established or rising authorities in their field on a national or international scale. The King's Research Excellence Chairs provide longer-term research investments into their programs of research and chairholders will also be invited to contribute back to King’s through leadership and mentorship initiatives.
King’s Research Excellence Chair (Early-Career) - $45,000 ($15k/year for 3 years):
- Dr. Bharati Sethi, Associate Professor, School of Social Work – “Experiences of Muslim Immigrant Parents of Children with Disabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Photovoice Study”
King’s Research Excellence Chair (Established) – $45,000 ($15k/year for 3 years):
- Dr. Joseph Michalski, Professor, Department of Sociology – “Couples’ Conflict Resolution Strategies: The Social Structure and Interpersonal Dynamics of Violent and Non-Violent Encounters”
King’s Research Excellence Scholar Grants - $10,000/year for 1 year:
- Dr. Andrea Lawlor, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science – “A Lack of Time, Money and Resources: Analysing the Systematic and Situational Factors Contributing to Burnout Among Ontario Midwives”
- Dr. Corina Sandu, Associate Professor, Department of English, French, and Writing – “Les débuts de la presse en français en Indochine [The Beginnings of the French Press in Indochina]”
- Dr. Tom Malleson, Associate Professor, Department of Social Justice and Peace Studies – “Economic Hierarchy or Democracy: Should Large Firms be Governed Through Codetermination?”