The purpose of the Jules Léger Endowment for the Faculty of Arts is to promote and advance the study of the Humanities and Social Sciences by providing support that engages StFX students and faculty with contemporary scholarship, creative pedagogy, and leadership training opportunities. The Endowment supports the Jules Léger Research Chairs in the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the Jules Léger Lecture Series in the Arts, student conferences and colloquia, faculty development in pedagogical and administrative leadership, and the Jules Léger Undergraduate Scholarship for Achievement in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Support from the Endowment shall take the form of the following five categories:

  • The Jules Léger Lecture Series in the Arts 
  • Student Conferences and Colloquia 
  • Faculty Development in Pedagogical and Administrative Leadership
  • The Jules Léger Undergraduate Scholarship for Achievement in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • The Jules Léger Research Chairs in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Current chairholders 

  • Dr. Yvon Grenier, Department of Political Science Jules Léger Research Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2023-25) 
  • Dr. Erin Mazerolle, Department of Psychology Jules Léger Scholar in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2023-25) 
  • Dr. Kara Thompson, BASC in Health and Department of Psychology Jules Léger Scholar in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2023-25)
  • Dr. Ken Penner, Department of Religious Studies Jules Léger Research Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2022-24) 
  • Dr. Louis Groarke, Department of Philosophy Jules Léger Research Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2022-24) 
  • Dr. Greg Tkacz, Department of Economics Jules Léger Research Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2021-23) 
  • Dr. Lindsey Berrigan, Department of Psychology Jules Léger Scholar in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2021-23) 
  • Dr. Susan Vincent, Department of Anthropology Jules Léger Research Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2020-23) 
  • Dr. Kailin Wright, Department of English Jules Léger Scholar in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2020-23)

Applications 

Applications for funding from the Jules Léger Endowment for the Faculty of Arts may originate from Departments or Programs in the Arts Faculty, or from individuals within the university who are able to demonstrate that their applications are relevant to the Endowment’s purpose. All applications to the Endowment must be accompanied by a statement containing: an identification of the category for which funding is being proposed; a description of how the proposal fits the purpose of the Endowment, or the name of the undergraduate student being nominated for the Scholarship and an outline of her or his achievements; and a budget detailing the expenses to be covered by the application and a rationale for the costs to be supported by the Endowment.

Applications for any of the initiatives supported by the Jules Léger Endowment are made using the StFX ROMEO Researcher Portal.

The adjudication Committee will meet to consider applications three (3) times a year, the deadlines for which are October 1, January 15, and April 1. Applications for the Jules Léger Research Chairs in the Humanities and Social Sciences may only be submitted at the January 15 deadline. If one of these dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the next working day.

The total sum available per year is 4% of the total endowment, or approximately $60,000 (as of 2015). The amount available per year shall increase in size as the endowment grows, and the total amount is to be divided amongst all categories.

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