Agnes Cole Dark and Social Science Research Fund

The funds for the Social Science Research Fund are drawn from the Agnes Cole Dark Fund and the Social Science Fund (formerly known as the Alumni Research Awards). 



For all internal funding opportunities, applicants will need to provide an ORCID ID. To create your ORCID ID:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Sign In/Register, then click "Register Now". Use your email address as your primary email.
  3. Fill in the required fields for your personal profile. Allowing ORCID permission to auto-populate your works will save time setting up your profile.

If you require further support in setting up your ORCID ID, please contact Joanne Paterson at or any of the Scholarly Communication librarians at for guidance.

General guidelines

  • factors that will be weighted positively include a primary appointment within the Faculty of Social Science and adherence to reporting requirements from previous competitions.
  • applications that promote the humanities, individual & world understanding and world peace will be considered under the Agnes Cole Dark Fund.
  • presentations and publications that arise as an outcome of this funding should acknowledge the Faculty of Social Science.

Research Grants – maximum value: $10,000

Factors that will be weighted positively (not all factors need be present in any one application): 

  • a clear indication of the significance of the research
  • a clear statement of objectives, timeline and expected outcomes
  • expected impact on the field
  • support for HQP
  • new scholars
  • a plan to revitalize or change direction in your research program

Factors that will receive a negative weighting:

  • the applicant currently holds any internal funds OR holds external funds that relate to the research project being proposed
  • large number of previous internal grants
  • not filling the form out correctly or not complying with all instructions

Please submit a single copy of the application form signed by your Department Chair, to the Office of the Dean of Social Science on May 29, 2023. Electronic applications (either PDF or MSWord) can be sent to

For other information see FAQs, Research Finance, Travel on the Policies and Procedures and Researcher Toolbox on planning and hiring of roles for Western research teams.


Last Updated: May, 2023