Awards to Scholarly Publications Program
The Awards to Scholarly Publications Program is a key activity of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Formerly known as the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program, the ASPP is a competitive funding program designed to assist with the publication of scholarly books on topics in the humanities and social sciences.
Through this program, the Federation tangibly supports research dissemination and encourages excellence in humanities and social science scholarship.
Under the program’s mandate to support books of advanced scholarship in the humanities and social sciences that make an important contribution to knowledge, the ASPP has supported the publication of over 6,000 books that have helped to enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada and the world.
Each year, the ASPP offers 180 Publication Grants of $8,000 and five Translation Grants of $12,000, contributing 1.5 million dollars to the dissemination of Canadian research. The Federation recognizes the best ASPP-funded books through its annual Canada Prizes. The Federation supports Open Access and has established a policy to actively promote and facilitate Open Access publishing of ASPP-funded books.
The Federation gratefully acknowledges the funding of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Who can apply?
Eligible Canadian authors and publishers can apply for ASPP grants to support the publication or translation of scholarly books. Please consult the page For Authors or For Publishers to determine if you and your book are eligible.
May 28, 2021
May 14, 2021
The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the final Open Access policy for the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP).
Informed by the consultations received between May and September 2014, the Federation has crafted a policy that engages us to actively promote and facilitate Open Access publishing of ASPP-funded books.
The full policy is available here.
November 5, 2020
New Translation Grant guidelines and application forms are now available on the For Publishers and For Authors pages of this website. This update facilitates the simultaneous publication of an original work and its translation.
Previously, in order to be eligible for a Translation Grant, the work needed to be published in its original language prior to the submission of the application. This excluded the possibility of simultaneously publishing the original and the translation.
The updated guidelines state that both published and forthcoming works are eligible. When applying for a Translation Grant for a work that has not yet been published in its original language, the applicant is required to provide proof that the original work is forthcoming and that its publication date has been set.
This change takes effect immediately. Applicants are advised to ensure they are consulting the Translation Grant guidelines and application forms dated November 2014. The most up-to-date guidelines and application forms are always available for download on the For Publishers and For Authors pages of this site.
December 17, 2020
This update brings a new guideline into effect which gives applicants an opportunity to resubmit an application after having been declined. Please consult the Publication Grant Guidelines for the complete conditions for resubmissions.
This change is retroactive and will be applied to all applications that were received in full on or after April 1, 2013. Relevant applicants will be contacted directly and informed of the opportunity to resubmit.
This general provision to revise and resubmit is being introduced to the ASPP on a trial basis only. It may be discontinued if the number of resubmissions is significantly higher than expected.
Please note that this update does not affect the Translation Grant. Resubmissions are not allowed for that grant.
Applicants are advised to ensure they are consulting the Publication Grant guidelines and application forms dated December 2013.