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Information about support to faculty and graduate student researchers in the form of faculty seed grants, graduate research scholarships, graduate student research support fund and graduate student essay prizes

Support to Faculty and Graduate Student Researchers

One avenue is a series of small grants to faculty and graduate students.  Faculty may apply to the Faculty Seed Fund.  This fund is designed to help Faculty begin an investigation that will lead to a funding application from another source such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).  Globalization MA students have their own Research Support Fund which provides money to assist in research associated with their Major Research Project.  Both PhD and MA students are eligible for a Globalization Essay Prize which recognizes outstanding research on a globalization related theme.

Faculty Seed Grants

Support for Interdisciplinary Collaborative Investigations

Value: $1,000 (Cash and in-kind support)

Each year, the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition invites applications for seed grants to support research on topics related to globalization and the human condition. The purpose of these grants is to spur and support the initial steps in carrying out globalization research.

In 2015, priority consideration will be given to proposals for interdisciplinary collaborative investigations that will lead to eventual external support of the research. A single award valued at $1,000 is being offered. The program will not support conference costs, secretarial services, or equipment purchases.

Contractually limited appointments, postdoctoral scholars, and regular faculty members are all invited to submit applications. Among regular faculty members, priority will be given to members of the Institute.

Applications are due by no later than Friday, April 24, 2015. To apply, please complete the following application form and submit it to the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, KTH 220 or (Attn: 2015 IGHC Faculty Seed Grant Competition).


2013-14 Recipient

Kee Yong (Department of Anthroplogy)
The Socio-cultural Legacies of Admiral Zheng He Maritime Silk Route

Globalization Research Scholarships Competition

The Institute announces its annual competition for Graduate Research Scholarships. This year, two (one-term) awards are available to students in the Faculty of Social Sciences (McMaster University).

These scholarships are designed to permit graduate students in the Social Sciences to carry out field research or extended writing projects related to the study of globalization and the human condition. The awards carry the same value as a 1/2 (one term) TAship and are designed to substitute for such a TAship. Recipients of an award are expected to provide a presentation on their work sometime after their research period is completed. Written documents coming out of the award will be considered for publication in the Institute's peer reviewed Working Paper Series.

Students applying for the award should supply the following information in their applications:

  • A statement of their research project including an explanation of how it relates to the study of globalization and the human condition. If the project is related to a larger thesis research agenda, applicants should specify which parts of that agenda will be addressed while using the award.
  • An up-to-date CV, including information on stage in one's graduate program and a transcript of courses taken and grades received.
  • A reference letter from the student's supervisor.

The principal criteria for evaluation relate to academic merit. Such merit should be judged based on:

  1. Academic performance in courses.
  2. Completion of program on time, including time for writing comprehensives, approval of doctoral research proposal (if applicable), and progress on field work (if applicable).
  3. The quality of the proposal:
    a. This proposal should be clearly one related to the study of globalization and the human condition.
    b. If it shows some potential for researching beyond the student's discipline, this quality should also be given weight.
    c. Clarity of the research goals and overall presentation, situation in an established literature, a viable program of work for the period applied for. We want proposals that are doable within the time frame and that are consistent with the requirements faced by the students in their programs.
    d. Potential for contributing to the Institute's Working Paper Series.
  4. Stage of the program. Other things being equal, these scholarships are more useful when students are doing field work on their thesis than before they have completed their comprehensive examinations.

Application deadline is TBA.  All applications should be submitted in hard copy to Bianca James Graduate Coordinator, Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, KTH 220, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4M4.

Globalization MA Student Research Support Fund

An Institute fund is available to support the research activities of its Globalization MA students.  The fund’s primary function is to contribute toward the costs of expenses that are incurred in field research for the Major Research Paper.  Other research activities (e.g. conference presentation) will also be considered, depending on available funds. The total amount available in 2014-15 is $5,000.  Students are expected to pursue additional funds from other sources.  The deadline for the 2014-2015 competition is Friday, March 20, 2015.

Applicants must submit a research plan for the use of the grant, a note of support from their supervisor and a budget (including additional sources of funding applied for and/or received), along with a completed application form. For more information contact the Graduate Coordinator

Graduate Student Essay Prizes

The Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition awards annually Essay Prizes for outstanding research and writing in the area of globalization and the human condition by McMaster students. Separate awards will be given out to the best MA level and PhD level essays. Award recipients will receive a $100 gift certificate from Titles Bookstore.

Adjudication will be based on the pertinence of the discussion and analysis for understanding the relationships between globalization and the human condition broadly defined, the originality of the thinking and of the argument presented, the organization of the paper, and the quality and effectiveness of the writing style. Based on the evaluation of the selection panel, winning essays may also be recommended for submission for publication in the Institute's Working Paper Series.

Nominations for papers should come from the professor offering the relevant course or supervising the student and should include a brief argument about why the essay merits the award. Nominations for awards are due Friday, May 8, 2015.  Please submit nominations to with the subject line: Nominations for IGHC Student Essay Prizes or to the following mail address:

IGHC Essay Prizes
Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition
KTH 220
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4M4

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