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Public Ethnography Research Fund

Value: $1,000

No longer unsecure about their aesthetic sensibilities, contemporary ethnographers produce works that not only stimulate the intellect, but that also delight the senses. From visual to reflexive ethnography, from narrative to arts-based inquiry, from hypertext to multimodal research, and from autoethnography to ethnodrama, public ethnography is now a catalytic field of experimentation and reflection, innovation and revelation, transformation and call to action.

The Public Ethnography Research Fund provides funding for time students spent on research and will be available to fieldwork-based projects that appeal directly to new audiences of scholarly research through the use of new media and new genres. Combining a classical ethnographic attention to thick description of ways of life and to insightful cultural interpretation, successful public ethnographies challenge the boundaries between ethnography and documentary journalism, between the scholarly essay and the novel, between academia and drama. Refusing to be relegated to dusty drawers and irrelevance, successful public ethnographies enter the public realm by entertaining, enlightening, and educating. This work is directly related to Vannini’s Canada Research Chair program.


  • submitted a public ethnography research product to Phillip Vannini within the competition year
  • enrolled in any program at Royal Roads University during the competition year
  • eligible to graduate in the competition year (e.g. students who graduated in the spring ceremony are still able to compete)

Interested applicants from any Royal Roads University program will submit their work to Phillip Vannini, throughout the year to be considered for this funding.