Canada-China Initiatives Fund

Officially launching the CCIF are (from left to right) Abidin Kusno (Director, York Centre for Asian Research), Rui Wang (Interim Vice-President, Research & Innovation) and B. Michael Frolic (Director, Asian Business & Management Program)

Founded in 2019, the Canada-China Initiatives Fund (CCIF) was created to support scholarly exchanges and research on modern (i.e. post 1911) and contemporary China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, their global reach, their linkages with Canada, or the experiences of the diaspora communities.

It was created thanks to the generous support of the Asian Business and Management Program at York University.

Proposals for activities with budgets between $5,000 and $25,000 are welcome. The number of funded projects will depend on submissions but generally, at least two projects will be funded annually. Applicants are expected to show cash or in-kind support from other sources for their applications to be considered.

The activities supported by the CCIF at YCAR will vary from year to year, but they will be prioritized in the following ranked order:

  1. Workshops or conferences at York (or in which York plays an institutional partnering role) that bring together researchers from York and elsewhere that are focused on themes within the scope noted above;
  2. Research projects by York faculty on issues within the stated scope;
  3. Visiting scholars to York whose work is focused on the stated scope and who will work with a York faculty member, preferably on collaborative research.
  4. Graduate student field research in China or Canada (both domestic and international  students registered at York will be eligible);

The detailed Call for Applications is available here.

There are two deadlines annually. The 2020 deadlines are: Wednesday, 22 January 2020 and Wednesday, 22 July 2020.

Application Forms

Applicants are encouraged to contact the CCIF at YCAR Coordinator before submitting their application (

CLICK HERE for photos from the CCIF launch on 13 September 2019

CLICK HERE to watch Ezra Vogel (Harvard) deliver the keynote speech at the CCIF launch (13 September 2019).

CLICK HERE for information about CCIF-YCAR’s 2019 inaugural recipients.

~ CCIF Recipients ~


Marxist Perspectives on Economy, Business and Society in China [Workshop]
—Raju Das, Department of Geography

International Tax Disputes Among Belt & Road Countries: Can There Be One Mechanism that Works for All (Big and Small)? [Research project]
—Jinyan Li, Osgoode Hall Law School

From the 2019 Hong Kong Protests to the World’s Tomorrow: The Power of Disobedience, Discourse and Creative Dissent [Exhibition and event series]
—Wendy S. Wong, Department of Design


Chinese-Canadian Emigration and the China Rust Belt [Graduate Student Research]
—Liu Xin, Cinema and Media Arts

Chinese Urbanization in Global Urban Age: A Scenic Approach [Research Project]
—Cary Wu, Sociology

Woman and Urbanization in China: Building a Transformative Knowledge Network [Workshop]
—Linda Peake, Social Science

Making Gender in China: Third Biannual Conference of the China Academic Network on Gender [Conference]
—Christopher Vogel, History

Substantiable Urbanization in China and Canada: Comparative Perspectives [Workshop]
—Cary Wu, Sociology