Research Funding, Awards, and Honours

In 2011-12, Arts researchers were awarded $7,486,472 in funding in 2011-12 from internal and external funding sources, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), The Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and the NL Government’s Research Development Corporation. According to Memorial’s FACT book, the Faculty of Arts received between $3.5-4 million in external research support per year over the period of 2007-8 to 2011-12; this figure includes external operating grants from the research TriCouncils, external operating contracts, and other external grants, but excludes funding classified as internal.

Arts faculty regularly receive provincial, national, and international recognition for their research achievements. For example, at the 2013 celebration of Arts research, entitled A Fine Crowd, Memorial’s President and the Dean of Arts acknowledged the recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals (Barb Neis, Ron Rompkey, Doug House, and Wade Locke), the Order of Canada (Bev Diamond), the Royal Society of Canada (Peter Pope) and the President’s Awards for Outstanding Research (Sean McGrath). As well, since 1984-5, twenty of the fifty-eight University Research professorships, awarded at Memorial in recognition of research “of a truly international stature” have gone to faculty members in Arts. (Please see the complete list of past winners.)

Arts graduate students excel in research. For example, in recognition of their academic excellence as researchers, in the 2011-12 academic year, Arts graduate students received twelve SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier MA Fellowships, two SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier PhD Fellowships, one SSHRC Doctoral fellowship, two ISER doctoral fellowships, three ISER masters’ fellowships, four School of Graduate Studies F.A. Aldrich fellowships, one SSHRC Vanier graduate scholarship, one SSHRC Trudeau doctoral fellowship, thirty-one awards for the Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies, and thirteen other awards.