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Wilson Conference Support

The Wilson Institute offers various general kinds of support for academic conferences that reflect the Institute’s mandate of rethinking Canadian history in a transnational perspective.

1. The Wilson Institute is prepared to fund McMaster students, generally those in the field of history, to attend conferences to which they have been invited, in particular those of the Canadian Historical Association, the Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française, or a regional workshop in Canada (such as the Atlantic Canada Studies Conference or the Great Plains History Conference). Graduate students may apply for one grant for year. Applicants are also expected to apply for financial aid from the conference organizers. Proposals outlining the funds requested must be received within three months of the call for papers. Receipts for all expenses, up to a limit of $800, must be submitted to the department’s administrative assistant within a month after the trip.

2. The Institute is willing to consider contributions, up to a limit of $1000, to non-McMaster conferences on themes closely related to its mandate. The Institute should be provided with a proposal of 1,000 words (including a proposed conference title), a preliminary programme, and an estimate of the budget for the conference. We will make a maximum of one such award annually. The Institute will also consider providing in-kind support for such conferences (e.g., the quarters of the Institute itself), should this be appropriate.) The Institute’s contribution should be noted in the conference program.

3. Events organized by Wilson Fellows as part of more general academic conferences (e.g., the Canadian Historical Association) bearing on themes closely related to the Wilson’s mandate will be considered for rewards of up to $4000. The Wilson Institute is also happy to provide in-kind support (e.g,, the quarters of the Institute itself), should this be appropriate. The Institute’s contribution should be noted in the conference program. Organizers of such panels will be strongly encouraged to grant the Wilson Institute Book Series the right of first refusal on any book manuscript emerging from the event. The Institute should be provided with a proposal of 1,000 words (including a proposed conference title), a preliminary programme, and an estimate of the budget for the conference. There will be a limit of one such award per year.

Similarly, and following the same procedures and conditions, the Wilson Institute is willing to consider applications from McMaster faculty or, in exceptional circumstances, other scholars, always provided that such events are closely related to the mandate of the Wilson Institute. There will be also be a limit of one such award per year.

4. Wilson Workshops are bi-annual events completely organized and funded by the Wilson Institute (drawing upon other funding bodies where possible). They are geared to the production of books in the Wilson Institute series, “Rethinking Canada in the World,” and will entail the commitment of substantial time and energy on the part of the director and research coordinator. Suggestions for such workshops are welcome; they require at least 12-18 months advance planning and involve budgets of $20,000-$30,000; the Institute and workshop organizers will work together to recoup expenses for such events from appropriate granting agencies (e.g., SSHRC Connections Grants). In most cases these will be initiated by Wilson Fellows, but in rare circumstances, the Institute will consider applications from other scholars. The Institute should be provided with a proposal of 1,000 words (including a proposed conference title), a preliminary programme, and an estimate of the budget for the conference.