The Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) is a major endowed research institute based at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. KIAS supports interdisciplinary and collaborative research in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts, focusing on research with the potential for national or international recognition.

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In alignment with the vision set up by Drs. Peter & Dori Kule to foster greater understanding of complex issues such as the presence and effect of social exclusion or marginalization based on aspect of individual or collective identities, The Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive research community and recognizes that equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strengthens the research community and the quality, relevance and impact of research. 

Achieving a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive research environment is essential to creating the excellent, innovative, and impactful research necessary to advance knowledge and understanding, and to respond to local, national and global challenges.

With these goals in mind KIAS is committed to:

  • Supporting equitable access to funding opportunities for all researchers
  • Promoting the integration of equity, diversity, and inclusion-related considerations in research design and practices
  • Increasing equitable and inclusive participation in our research programming

Through these means KIAS will work with researchers and the University of Alberta to develop the inclusive culture needed for research excellence and to achieve outcomes that are rigorous, relevant, and accessible to diverse populations. 

For more information on EDI at the U of Alberta please visit:

Dialogue Grants support research meetings, networking, outreach, and conferences to help researchers organize, present, or disseminate research. Networked dialogues can raise the visibility of research using the internet and digital tools. Flexible support available, generally $2000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Read more

Research Team Grants support the formation of interdisciplinary research teams that have the potential to achieve national or international recognition for reseach. Teams are prioritized for further funding. Flexible support up to $7500. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Read more

Research Cluster Grants support sustained activities of an interdisciplinary research team that can raise the team to the level where it has a national or international research impact. Flexible support available, up to $100,000. Annual call for short proposals. Read more

Kule Dialogue Grants: Ongoing

Kule Research Team Grants: Ongoing

Kule Research Cluster LOI: Friday, November 19, 2021

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