Opportunities

Lecture Series

We are always looking for interesting topics on sonic research, artistic and musical projects, and anything related to the study of sound.  Please contact us if you would like to make a presentation about your research.  For information about the current series, see our lecture series page.

Seed Grants

Each year, SSI award between 2-3 $5000 seed grants to affiliated researchers at the University of Alberta.  These are designed to explore possibilities for collaborative, interdisciplinary research in sound. The research expected includes proposal writing, workshops, and other activities that move towards major partnerships and Tri-Council or industry funding. This is an extraordinary funding opportunity for SSI-related projects that may not be available in future years.  Applications are reviewed in June of each year by the Sound Studies Research Committee, with the results normally announced by July 1.  Funds must be spent by March of the following year.

If you are interested in applying, please review the application details (PDF). Submission deadline is May 15 of each year the grant program is offered.  The next grant deadline is May 15, 2021.

Become an Affiliated Researcher

If you are a University of Alberta faculty member working with sound, from any Faculty, and would like to become an affiliated researcher, please visit contact us.  Becoming an affiliated researcher enables you to apply for seed grants, as well as become part of a community network of researchers working on sound-related research.  In some cases we can also provide meeting space, administrative assistance with grants, access to our digitization lab, and other resources.

Become a Partner or Sponsor

Interested in becoming a partner or sponsor? There are many ways in which you can be a part of our vision at this unique University of Alberta Institute:

  • contribute to academic research through the establishment of student scholarships and awards
  • become a sponsoring partner of our weekly events
  • support the public museum and archive of the Moses and Frances Asch Collection of Folkways Records at the University of Alberta
  • participate in Sound Studies Institute concerts
  • encourage the recording of new artists and sounds to enhance the University of Alberta collection and preserve cultural expression and diversity
  • contact us to discuss these and other ways you can help

Tours & School Visits

If you’d like to join us for a tour of the Sound Studies Institute offices and Moses and Frances Asch Collection of Folkways Records, please contact us.

To book a school group visit, contact the University of Alberta’s USchool program.