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Grants, Awards and Support

Travel Grants and New Initiative Award

The Faculty of Arts offers, by competition, conference travel and research grants to its faculty members, and grants to assist in publication costs. There are normally two Travel Grant competitions per year, with deadlines of October 31 and March 31, and one New Initiative Award (NIA) competition, with a deadline of March 31. Faculty members may apply for support to cover publication costs of academic work at any time. For more information, see the Faculty of Arts Policy on Internal Grants.


Janet M Lum
Associate Dean of Arts
Research and Graduate Studies
Faculty of Arts

Location: Jorgenson Hall, Room 110

Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation

Ryerson's Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI) conducts a number of research grant competitions that may be of particular interest to members of the Faculty of Arts: the SSHRC SIG grants (small research grants), New Faculty SRC Development Grants, the Ryerson Creative Fund, and the Fall/Winter and Summer Research Assistant programs. OVPRI is also the central information source for larger external grants such as those awarded by SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC, etc. Please consult the OVPRI website


Telephone: 416-979-5042
Fax: 416-979-5336

1 Dundas Street West, Suite YDI-1100
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z3

Experiential Learning Initiatives Grant

The Experiential Learning Initiatives Grant is an internal granting program to help faculty develop, disseminate and sustain forms of course-based experiential learning.  Faculty members with a track record of experiential learning activities and those who are new to this area of work are encouraged to apply for these grants. The projects must involve Faculty of Arts undergraduate students and therefore are limited to professional (required or elective) courses in Arts undergraduate programs.

The grant program is designed to provide faculty members with resources to enable them to undertake, evaluate and report on forms of experiential learning in their courses.  Grant applications must include specific goals, evaluation processes and report-back procedures.  The exchange of information on experiential learning within and beyond the Faculty of Arts is one of the goals of these grants.

The grants will normally range from $500 to $4,500.

For more information about the grant and application process, please contact the Faculty of Arts Teaching Chair, Dr. Eric Kam, or the Faculty of Arts Academic Administrative Coordinator, Kathryn Rowan.

Teaching Chair

Dr. Want, who holds a PhD from the University of Oxford, is an associate professor in the psychology department who joined Ryerson in 2005. His research examines social learning, social cognition, and the media effects on children and adults. Recently, his work has been published in Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Body Image, Australian Journal of Psychology and Sex Roles.

Prior to joining Ryerson, Dr. Want taught at the University of British Columbia, and the University of Sheffield in the UK. Since joining Ryerson, he has taught more than 2,600 students across seven different courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has twice served on the Arts Learning and Teaching Committee, and in 2013, was awarded the faculty’s Excellence in Teaching First-Year Classes Award.

In his new role, Dr. Want will serve as a point of connection on teaching matters between students, faculty members, the Dean of Arts and the LTO. In conjunction with the Learning and Teaching Committee and a Student Advisory Committee, he looks forward to organizing events to celebrate the excellence in teaching within the Faculty of Arts, identifying unmet teaching needs in the faculty, and promoting growth areas, such as the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Stephen Want, PhD
Faculty of Arts
Associate Professor

Office: 416-979-5000 ext.7156