KIAS facilitates transformational interdisciplinary and collaborative research in the social sciences, humanities and arts at the highest level nationally and internationally.

Kule Celebration 2015

The institute was established in 2010 through the generous donation of Canadian philantropists and visionaries Drs. Peter and Doris Kule. (Photo: Epic Photography)

Funding Scope

30 different departments in 11 faculties across the social sciences, humanities and fine arts have been funded by KIAS grants.

Kule Research

Since its inception, KIAS has awarded almost 100 grants to over 80 researchers totaling 1.15 million dollars.


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 collaborative and interdisciplinary research in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts, focusing on research with the potential for national or international recognition. 

Our funding programme features Dialogue Grants, Research Team Grants, and Research Cluster Grants. Preference is given to projects led by full-time continuing faculty members. 

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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

Featured Projects

Here are a few of the exciting projects being developed with the support of KIAS.

Around the World 2015

24 hour live-streamed conference on big data. Join the conversation by using the #UofAWorld hashtag!

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After Oil

International academic and public research project operating under the rubric of the Petrocultures Research Group.

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Intersections of Sustainability

Trans-disciplinary research network focusing on the intersection of water governance, climate change, resource development and the perspectives of rural and Indigenous communities.

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A timely project documenting Byzantine - primarily Ukrainian - churches, church contents, ritual practice and sacral sound across the Canadian prairies. 

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Re-playing Japan

Conference examines Japanese game culture, game studies and the gaming industry.

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Dr. Natalie Loveless brought together researchers interested in researching research-creation.

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