Information Session: SSHRC Insight Development Grant

The session will include an introductory presentation on the Insight Development Grant (IDG) Program (Nadya Bloom, Research Officer, LA&PS). It will be followed by panel presentations from LA&PS faculty members, who will speak to their experiences of adjudicating and/or applying to the IDG program and offer advice on how you might strengthen your application.


Boyd Cothran is Associate Professor in the Department of History (LA&PS). He is a historian of 19th-century US History and his research interests include: Global Indigenous Peoples, Settler Colonialism, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Global History, the American West, Historical Memory and Historiography. He was the recipient as Principal Investigator of an IDG in 2014 and as a co-applicant on an IDG in 2018.

Andrea Davis is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Humanities (LA&PS). Her research interests include: Caribbean, African American and black Canadian literatures and theatre; postcolonial and diaspora studies; and black cultural and feminist studies. Prof. Davis has held a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant. She served on the IDG’s Fine Arts and Research Creation Adjudication Committee in Spring 2018.

Miriam Smith is a Professor in the Law and Society Program in the Department of Social Science (LA&PS). Her research interests include: Canadian comparative politics, legal mobilization and public policy, especially the LGBT movement in Canada in comparative perspective. Prof. Smith has held SSHRC Standard Research Grants  and Insight Grants continuously since 1995 as Principal Investigator as well as holding an RDI grant (the predecessor of the IDG). She has served on the IDG’s Political Science and Public Administration Adjudication Committee, twice, most recently in the Spring of 2018 as well as on the Standard Research Grant adjudication committee several times and the RDI committee once.