COHDS invites proposals from student- and community-affiliates for oral history-based research and research-creation projects to be considered for a grant of up to $750. Proposals can explore any theme as long as they adhere to oral history ethics.

Requests for funding may support: the completion of an existing project, including thesis research, the start of a new project, or to supplement other funding. Please note that grants of $750 will only be considered in the case of: a project of exceptional value to the COHDS community, or; a project of exceptional importance to the field of oral history and/or oral history research-creation. Funding is limited and projects may be awarded less money than requested.

The recipients of the grants will be required to organize one event at COHDS or offer a workshop related to the proposed project in Fall 2023 or Winter 2024, either in-person or virtually.

Eligibility: Students and community members affiliated to COHDS are eligible to apply, individually or in a team. Those who have been affiliates before January 2023 will have priority. In a two-page (maximum) document, please include the following information:

  • Title of your project
  • Your full name and affiliation with COHDS (student, community, core)
  • Full names of any collaborators or partners
  • A description of the project, including its connection with oral history (500 words max.)
  • A short budget itemizing the costs of your project (include full details of any other funding you may have for this project, such as amount and source)
  • The total amount of funds requested from COHDS (from $100 up to $750)

Eligible expenses include art supplies, printing, equipment rental, space rental, specialist fees (ex. translation), conference fees, COHDS staff hours (for example, to assist the affiliate in archiving a project). Book and equipment purchases will be considered if the applicant intends to offer the books/equipment to COHDS following the completion of the project. We regret that the following are not eligible for consideration: the purchase of equipment that COHDS already owns and makes freely available to affiliates; alcohol; and travel expenses incurred before receiving the grant. The award money should be spent before April 2024.

Please email your proposal in PDF format to: with the subject line “2023 Oral History Grant Proposal”. Proposals can be submitted in English or in French.

Deadline: May 19, 2023 (midnight, ET). Results to be announced by June 5, 2023.