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Athabasca University

Academic Research Fund

Athabasca University is committed to fostering a robust and supportive culture that will effectively balance disciplinary and mission critical research. While these two fields of endeavor may overlap, the latter tends to focus on inquiry into pedagogical, cognitive, technical, and student support aspects of distance learning, open access, learning technologies, and digital media studies. Interdisciplinary approaches and partnerships within and outside the academy are encouraged to enlarge research contexts and paradigms and to generate new ways of thinking.

The Academic Research Fund supports the attainment of these goals by providing funds to support such research endeavours, foster success in the pursuit of external research funding and facilitate research that falls outside the normal eligibility criteria of external funding agencies.


Academic Research Fund (ARF) Guidelines (PDF - 187KB).

Application Deadlines

Academic Research Fund (ARF) - February 15th & September 10th

  • If these dates fall on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline shall be the next business day.

Academic Research Fund (ARF) Publications

  • Applications may be submitted at any time and will be subject to an expedited review.

Juried/Solicited Creative Works

  • Applications may be submitted at any time and will be subject to an expedited review.

Application Forms

Application for funding from the Academic Research Fund, must be submitted through the AU Research Portal

Academic Research Committee (ARC)

Updated October 28 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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