Call for Applications | Community-Engaged Research Funding

Deadline: Monday, 3 July 2023 by 16:00 EST

The Philippine Studies Group (PSG) is offering community-engaged research awards for community groups and organizations with research projects that advance the PSG’s mission statement to support community-informed and community-led research projects that “address the cultural, material and socio-political needs of Filipino communities in Canada and in the Philippines.” Grants will usually be up to C$5,000 but the PSG will consider larger projects if their scope justifies a higher budget and subject to the limits of our available funding.

Projects should support the mission and principles of the PSG (see below). Applications are required to show evidence of applicants’ history of working with and advocating on behalf of the Filipino community and indicate how receiving this funding will support this work.

Applications should also discuss the project’s impacts on the Filipino community (whether in Canada, in the Philippines or transnationally), on community advocacy, and on knowledge creation.

All applications should include:

  1. Project proposal (one page), including the purpose of the project, the target communities, and the research activities being proposed as part of the project;
  2. Timeline of project goals and milestones (one page). Note that most of the funds need to be spent by 31 December 2023;
  3. Brief biographical ‘sketch’ (one page) that outlines the applicant’s experiences and qualifications in pursuing the project and a brief description of the organization or group applying for funding;
  4. A detailed budget breakdown that indicates the expected costs of the proposed research (a template can be provided);
  5. Proposed project “outputs” (half a page), including a knowledge mobilization component (i.e. how the research will be made available to wider audiences).

The PSG Awards Committee will consider the following in their adjudication:

  1. The project’s alignment with the PSG’s mission statement and principles;
  2. Track record of the applicant’s organization in working with, and advocating for, Filipino communities in Canada, the Philippines or elsewhere;
  3. Proposal clarity;
  4. Feasibility and impact of the activities that will be undertaken;
  5. An optional section describing their need for funding and the barriers that they may have faced in attempting to get support for this work.

A one-hour virtual information session will be held on Wednesday, 14 June 2023 at noon for interested applicants. Attend at this link:

Application components should be submitted as one document (Word or PDF) via email to Please direct to the attention of the PSG Awards Committee.

All applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision by Tuesday, 18 July 2023.

Questions can be directed to:

A PDF of this call is available at this link.


Mission Statement

The Philippine Studies Group at York University seeks to create a hub to support and expand the work of scholars, artists, activists and communities who are addressing the cultural, material and socio-political needs of Filipino communities in Canada and the Philippines, through community-informed/led research and research-creation.


We apply the following principles to the work that we undertake and support:

  • A commitment to anti-racism, decolonization, deep diversity, social justice and equity.
  • Pakikipagkapwa—our work will be conducted with respect for others and through participatory approaches to research, creation and organizing.
  • We seek to create positive impacts in the Filipinx communities in Canada and in the Philippines through action research, including through contributions to curricular changes and policy reform.
  • We seek to strengthen transnational exchanges and solidarities between Canada and the Philippines.
  • We seek to support activities that will propel and sustain programming in Philippine Studies at York University into the future.