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Celebrating Black History Month 2021 — Decanal Lecture

In celebration of Black History Month, Dean Melanie Woodin invites everyone to hear distinguished historian and Harvard Professor Vincent Brown on "The Coromantee War: Charting the Course of an Atlantic Slave Revolt”. Professor Melanie Newton from the Department of History will moderate the discussion on February 3, 2021 at 7 pm.

Launch of New Series: Writers on Writing

Join Professor Andrea Williams on January 29, 2021 at 3 pm for the launch of Writers on Writing, an exciting new monthly series showcasing the Faculty’s diverse writing talent. This series will feature interviews with Arts & Science writers and offer lively and inspiring conversations about writing. The first featured writer is Courtney Jung, a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. For more information contact Andrea Williams.

Chair Search for the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures — Committee Membership Nominations

The Faculty of Arts & Science is now accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the advisory committee for the new Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Nominations for the committee should be sent by February 5, 2021 via SLA — Committee Membership Nominations. Questions regarding the Chair search should be directed to Daniela Trapani.

Chair Search for the Department of Earth Sciences — Committee Membership Nominations

The Faculty of Arts & Science is now accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the advisory committee for the new Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences. Nominations for the committee should be sent by February 5, 2021 via ESS Committee Membership Nominations. Questions regarding the Chair search should be directed to Daniela Trapani.

2021 SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant and Partnership Development Grant — Information Webinar

The SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant and Partnership Development Grant information webinar is for faculty researchers interested in funding for a partnered research project. Virginia Maclaren, associate professor in the Department of Geography & Planning, will share valuable information drawn from her experience as a two-time PEG awardee and three-time SSHRC PEG Merit Review Committee adjudicator. Strategies and resources for early stage partnership development will be provided by Gláucia Lima, A&S Research Partnerships and Business Development Officer. This event is open to researchers in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

  • Date: February 16, 2021, 10 am–12 pm
  • Organizer and co-presenter: Suzanne Jaeger, A&S Funded Research Officer
  • Registration required: Please email Suzanne Jaeger (Once you register, you will receive a Microsoft Teams link to the session.)

For more information on the 2021 SSHRC PEG and PDG competitions including U of T deadlines, please visit the U of T Research and Innovation website.

Call for Nominations — 2021–22 Chancellor Jackman Graduate Student Fellowships in the Humanities

The Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) at the University of Toronto welcomes nominations from humanities departments and PhD granting centres and institutes for three Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellows (for post-funding cohort doctoral students) for the 2021–22 year. Each unit may nominate up to two candidates, selecting candidates through their graduate executive or by their graduate coordinator.

This nomination process is managed at the department level. Awards include cash support of $22,500 plus office and membership in the JHI Circle of Fellows.

Application deadline: March 31, 2021

Call for Proposals — Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts supports a range of small (up to $3,000) to larger (up to $10,000) events designed to enhance, improve and raise the profile of the arts at the University of Toronto.

Activities may include visitors, lecture series, symposia, exhibitions, performances, or other arts initiatives, which will serve to foster the work of the Jackman Humanities Institute and represent the leading scholarship of the humanities at the University of Toronto. Each year there will be a priority for at least one event that engages the wider public. The program gives priority to activities that range across multiple units and across more than one campus. Applications will be evaluated for conceptual fit, methodology, and research outputs and are open to members of the continuing teaching and research faculty.

Application deadline: March 31, 2021

Scotiabank Mitacs Economic Resilience Research Fund

Over the next three years, the Scotiabank Economic Resilience Research Fund will aim to increase understanding of the factors that drive economic resilience in communities across Canada by supporting graduate, doctorate and post-doctorate research internships.

To be eligible for the Scotiabank Economic Resilience Research Fund, student-led research-internship proposals must address the needs of a Canadian not-for-profit organization or charity partner, and demonstrate a focus on one of three key themes:

  • Increasing high school graduation and post-secondary participation
  • Accelerating newcomer integration
  • Removing barriers to career advancement for disadvantaged groups

To apply for funding the student, supervisor and organization partners must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). If the EOI is accepted by Scotiabank, applicants will submit a full application to the Mitacs Accelerate Program at the reduced rate for the program.

Partner support is particularly important as they are expected to help anchor the research in experience and provide a potential vehicle to utilize/implement the research results.

For more information, please email Rebecca Bourque and visit the Mitacs website.

Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) — Research Grants 2022

The A&S Research Services Office is pleased to offer proposal review to faculty submitting grants to HFSP programs. Faculty may confirm their eligibility using the HFSP website quiz and guidelines.

There are two streams available for innovative basic research applying novel interdisciplinary approaches to fundamental biological problems. Grants are three years, awarded to international teams (two to four members who have not collaborated before); funding level based on team size (up to $465,000/yr for team of four).

Deadlines (see Research Alert):

  • March 1, 2021: A&S Proposal Review for faculty applicants – contact Monica Caverson, Funded Research Officer-Sciences
  • March 18, 2021: Deadline to obtain access code for Letter of Intent (LOI) via HFSP extranet (required to apply)
  • March 26, 2021: U of T RSO Internal Deadline to receive LOI submitted on MRA with Divisional approval
  • March 30, 2021: Sponsor Deadline for LOI (requires access code by PI by March 18)

Life Sciences Career Expo 2021

The Life Sciences Career Development Society (LSCDS), University of Toronto and Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) are excited to announce the Life Sciences Career Expo (LSCE): Pathways to Success Virtual Conference is now open for registration.

This conference is aimed at bringing together life sciences trainees with educators, researchers, industry partners and government stakeholders that have a common interest in educating and preparing the next generation for diverse careers.

2020–21 AODA Report — Request for Submissions

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Office produces an annual report highlighting the University's efforts to meet the requirements of the legislation and our obligations to eliminate barriers to accessibility. Please respond to this survey to share any projects, initiatives or innovative approaches to accessibility in your division that support members of our community with disabilities and that support creating an inclusive environment. Submissions may be showcased in the AODA annual report and can be submitted online.

UTogether, COVID-19 Updates & FAQs

Visit U of T’s COVID-19 UTogether website for regular updates as new guidance, strategies and materials become available. Sign up for the Provost's Digest to stay informed. And refer to the following resources, which are updated frequently:

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