Founded in 1973, The ArQuives has grown to become one of the largest LGBTQ2+ archives in the world. By collecting and caring for vital historical records, personal papers, unpublished documents, publications, audiovisual material, works of art, photographs, posters, and other artifacts, The ArQuives is a trusted guardian of LGBTQ2+ histories and will be for generations to come.

The ArQuives created The Brian King Fabulous Researcher Fund in 2016 to honour the memory of former volunteer Brian King, one of the original Flashback Gala creators. Brian’s enthusiasm and devotion to the organization are legendary. The Brian King Fabulous Researcher Fund enables researchers outside of Toronto to travel to The ArQuives to conduct research.

Applications are open to Canadian and international scholars, graduate students, artists, cultural producers, and other independent researchers with an established research agenda who wish to conduct research at The ArQuives. 

Applications should explain the research project’s focus, methodology, and engagement with existing scholarship. The application should also describe the intended product and The ArQuives’ collection(s) to be used during the proposed grant. Applicants new to The ArQuives collections are encouraged to consult our Online Collections Portal or our Digital Exhibitions sites.

The ArQuives has a COVID Vaccine and Safety Policy for all staff, volunteers, and researchers. Proof of vaccination is required for all researchers. Any applicants with exemptions due to medical reasons or religious beliefs must submit accommodation requests. Accommodations will be granted where they do not cause undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and community members.


  • The value of the award is $2000 CND. One researcher will be funded in 2023.
  • Research must take place within the calendar year of 2023.
  • The funds can be used for travel and accommodations. No receipts are required.
  • Priority will be given to researchers outside the Greater Toronto Area (at least 500 km from Toronto).
  • Priority will be given to researchers from marginalized communities, including Indigenous, women, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, Black, people of colour, and persons with disabilities.
  • The recipient must acknowledge The ArQuives and the Brian King Fabulous Researcher Fund in the dissertation, publication, or project.
  • The recipient shall give a copy or documentation of the dissertation, publication, or project to The ArQuives after the completion of the project.

All applications must include the following material:

  1. Signed Application Form
  2. Project abstract (maximum 150 words).
  3. Project proposal (maximum 1000 words)
  4. Summary of the research materials you plan to consult during your visit and how they are pertinent to your project (maximum 500 words).
  5. CV and two names of references

Application deadline: January 29, 2023, @ 11:59 pm EDT

Interested applicants should send all documents as one PDF document to: with “BKFRF” in the email subject line.