Application being accepted for 2016 YCAR Professional Development Fund opportunity

The York Centre for Asian Research’s Professional Development Fund subsidizes its Graduate Associates’ travel costs to present their scholarly or creative work. Amounts awarded will range from $50 to $500 with the expectation that they will be used in conjunction with other awards.

The deadline for applications is Monday, 18 January 2016 by 4pm.

Eligible applicants

  • YCAR Graduate Associates are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applications from students registered in the Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies.
  • Students must be Graduate Associates on the date of application and the date of presentation.

Eligible expenses

  • Registration and transportation expenses necessary to present scholarly or creative work at recognized events, e.g., conferences, colloquia, poster presentations and exhibitions.
  • Disability accommodation costs (e.g., attendant care, medical equipment costs, accessible transportation, interpreters, note takers)
  • Expenses must be incurred in the period six month before and six month after the application deadline.

Amount of allocations 

Allocation amounts may vary based on the amount of applications and the number of high-expense applications in any given application cycle.

Successful applications will be allocated a portion rather than the total amount of transportation costs, between C$50 and C$500. Students are expected to use the most economical option available and are encouraged to seek other sources of funding.

Application Process

  • The applicant completes and signs the application form; if a field does not apply, it is indicated by marking “N/A”.
  • The applicant submits the completed application form to YCAR with:
    • Call for papers/submissions
    • Abstract
    • Confirmation/proof of event acceptance (communication from event organizers, event program announcing the applicant’s participation in a session or exhibition, et cetera)
    • Short statement explaining the importance of the conference/meeting for the student’s professional development
    • Short statement of other sources of funding applied for, or awarded
    • Supervisor’s statement and signature
    • Specific travel details, including place of departure and destination, mode of transportation, estimated cost of transportation, et cetera.

 Application Deadlines 

The deadline for applications is Monday, 18 January 2016 by 4pm.

The application form is available online at:

Completed and signed paper applications must be received by YCAR (834 Kaneff Tower) before 4pm on the deadline date.

Applicants are strongly advised to complete the application well in advance of the deadline to give adequate time to obtain the required signature and comments from their supervisor.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Further Information

Applications are reviewed and allocations determined by the Awards Committee of the York Centre for Asian Research.

The notification of award will be made within one month after the deadline.

Awarded fund are made available to the awardee as reimburseable expenses. The awardee must produce appropriate receipts and other related documentation to receive the awarded funds.

For more information, contact YCAR at