UBC Open Access Fund for Humanities and Social Sciences Research

Program Link: www.scholcomm.ubc.ca/ubc-open-access-fund/

Sponsor: Office of the VP Research & Innovation and Office of the Provost

Value: Maximum $3,500

Description: The UBC Open Access Fund for Humanities and Social Sciences Research assists UBC faculty members who wish to publish in Open Access books and journals and who are required to pay associated fees, sometimes known as article processing charges (APCs).
The Open Access Fund supports the costs of making books or journal articles openly accessible, that is, accessible without subscription or paywalls. Open access is a requirement of many funding agencies and enables wide dissemination of University research.


  • Peer-reviewed publications (journal articles, books, book chapters) which require funding in order to make the works openly accessible.
  • Research directly aligned with the SSHRC subject guidelines above. Other disciplines are not eligible and should seek alternate funding sources.
  • Works that have been accepted for publication and for which the applicant is a primary (submitting or corresponding) author.
  • Applicants must be tenure-track faculty in the Research Stream or Educational Leadership Stream , or librarians and archivists with confirmed/confirmation-track appointments, at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan.
  • A separate application is required for each work. The limit per award is $3,500 CAD. Authors are responsible for paying publishers any amount beyond this limit.
  • $3,500 CAD is the maximum available to an individual author or individual work each academic year.

Funds will be awarded only when no other funding (grant, departmental) is available to the author for this purpose. Applicants should exhaust other funding sources that support open access charges before applying. Note that most funding agencies including SSHRC include open access charges among eligible grant expenses. More information is available about requesting funds for open access charges in your grant applications.

Individuals not normally eligible to apply include term, visiting, affiliate, honorary and emeritus faculty; lecturers, post-doctoral fellows and research associates; staff members; and students. Other campus funds such as

CTLT’s SOTL Dissemination Fund or Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ Graduate Student fund should be considered where applicable.
UBC authors who are not a primary (submitting or corresponding) author are not normally eligible, and should encourage the work’s primary author to seek alternate funding sources.

Publications supported: Please see the program’s web site for more details.

Applicants must complete an online application form available on the program’s web site and upload PDF copies of: 1) the publisher’s invoice for open access and 2) your digital signature attached. Please erase any confidential personal information such as your Social Insurance Number, if it appears on the invoice.

Note: Support depends upon funding availability and is not guaranteed. Starting September 1st, the Fund takes applications through the academic year until funding is depleted, at which point the Fund will be closed for the year.

Contact: If you have any questions, contact Leonora Crema.