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Funding Opportunities

External Funding Opportunities

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.

For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires signatures from your chair and dean. To ensure that the approved application is ready by the agency deadline, a complete application folder must be submitted to the ORS ten (10) working days prior to final submission date.

Upcoming Deadlines

Rolling Deadlines

Internal Funding Opportunities

Funding for Research Events and
Scholarly Activities

Deadlines: Rolling deadlines. Please submit a completed application at least 6 weeks before the event is scheduled to take place.

Objective: The Office of the VPRI offers seed funding to support events or outreach activities that strengthen the research culture and build the profile and reputation of research at York University.

Value: Successful applicants can normally expect funding in the range of $500-$1,500 depending on the level of demand across the University and the scope of the activity.

Duration: All funds that are unused 12 months following the award decision must be returned to the Office of the VPRI.


ContactShelly Khushal

Mariano A. Elia Research Fund

Deadlines: November 1 and March 1

Objective: To support small-scale research projects where a significant contribution to Italian-Canadian studies will be made and the prestige of the university enhanced. Eligible expenses include research costs and travel to conferences.

Value: Not specifically stated. "Limited resources do not allow support for major projects."

Duration: Not stated.


Contact: Alon Teper

Specific Research Grants

Deadlines: May 1 and November 1

Objective:The program permits, under certain conditions, a researcher to receive a research grant in lieu of salary through a mechanism which includes peer review.



Contact: Mala Thakoor

SSHRC Grant in Aid of Travel

Deadlines: February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1

Objective: To provide assistance for attendance at national and international scholarly conferences for which the applicant is giving a paper, making a poster presentation, or featured at a solo or 2 person opening of an exhibition, a principal screening, premier performance of dance, theatre or musical production.

Value: Generally, up to a minimum APEX or Charter Class airfare.

Duration: Not applicable.


Contact: Denise Jagdeosingh-Martinez

SSHRC Small Grants Program

Deadlines: October 31 and March 31

Objective: To provide support to full-time faculty members and professional librarians for pilot studies, junior faculty, ‘opportunistic’ small projects, and projects not readily funded elsewhere.

Value: Up to 4,000

Duration: One year.


Contact: Denise Jagdeosingh-Martinez

Walter L. Gordon Research Fellowship

Note: Not currently being offered.

Deadline: January 15

Objective: To recognize merit in research or creative work by providing an individual scholar with opportunities to complete works or projects requiring a period of intensive effort, free of teaching and other university responsibilities.

Value: Full salary and benefits.

Duration: One academic year.


Contact: Alon Teper

York Ad Hoc Research Fund

Conference Grants

Deadlines: December 15

Objective: To help defray the cost of conferences held at either the York or Glendon campus which are open to faculty and students.

Value: Not specifically stated, but usually in the $500-$1,000 range.

Duration: Not applicable.


Periodical Support

Deadlines: December 15

Objective: To support the publication of a new periodical.

Value: Not stated.

Duration: Grants are for one year only, and renewals are rare.


Travel Grants to Conferences

Deadlines: March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15

Objective: To provide full-time faculty members and librarians with travel grants to conferences at which a substantial presentation is being made.

Value: Up to the cost of return minimum airfare.

Duration: Not applicable.


Contact: Mala Thakoor

York Incentive Grant

Deadlines: February 1, May 1, July 1 and November 1

Objective: To provide support to defray costs that are essential to the preparation of a successful grant application, such as those associated with assembling collaboration teams. It is intended to assist in the quest for large-scale initiatives involving external funding of at least $75,000. These grants are not awarded to support the preparation of applications for the usual programs of research support (e.g., CIHR Operating, NSERC Discovery and SSHRC Insight Grant). Applications will be considered in support of the development of large-scale tri-council applications seeking funding for $1million or more.

Value: Approximately $5,000.

Duration: Eighteen months.


Contact: Denise Jagdeosingh-Martinez

York-Massey Fellowship

The Office of Research Services (ORS) invites applications for the 2015-2016 York Fellowship and two Visiting Scholarships at Massey College in the University of Toronto. The Fellowship and the two Scholarships are open to full-time faculty members planning to go on sabbatical or other leave during 2015-2016. The Fellowship will provide the selected faculty member with prime office space in the College for the academic year and the status of a full Senior Resident of the College, with dining privileges (such as attendance of all High Tables subject to College rules). The title "York Fellow of Massey College" remains for life or while mutually agreeable.

The Visiting Scholars will have a carrel in the College and access to Robarts Library and all public rooms in the College. Membership in the Massey Alumni Association is granted to Visiting Scholars at the completion of their program.

Massey College is an independent college situated in the University of Toronto campus, almost directly opposite the Munk School of Global Affairs and very close to the Robarts Library. It consists of a junior fellowship, made up of graduate students, and a senior fellowship, consisting primarily of faculty, of whom an increasing number come from York University. (See below for a list of past successful candidates.) York Fellows and Visiting scholars are expected to participate in the activities of the College and contribute to fulfilling its mission.

There are no application forms, but interested individuals are asked to submit a letter outlining their sabbatical or other leave plans, providing their detailed reasons for wishing to be at Massey College, with their up-to-date curriculum vitae to ORS, by Monday, January 12, 2015. Please submit the letter and curriculum vitae via e-mail to Mala Thakoor at Applications for both the Fellowship or the Visiting Scholarships will be considered by the Major Awards Advisory Committee (MAAC) and applicants may be invited for an interview at Massey College. Results are expected to be announced in March 2015.

Contact: Mala Thakoor

York Seminar for Advanced Research


This opportunity has been discontinued.

Objective: The York Seminar for Advanced Research is a year-long seminar that provides a forum in which a small group of scholars who work in closely-related fields can consult extensively on a particular theme.

Value: Maximum of $7,500 from the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation. Additional funds needed to run a successful seminar must be generated by the organizers through external grants, awards, contracts, or donations.

Duration: One year.

This notice is for all full-time faculty members. Seminar proposals should be submitted by email to the Office of Research Services addressed to Sarah Whitaker (

Contact:Sarah Whitaker

The York University President's Research Excellence Award

Deadlines: Friday, November 28, 2014 by 4:30pm

Objective: The York University President’s Research Excellence Award recognizes senior established, full-time, active faculty members at the rank of Professor, with distinguished scholarly achievements who have had a notable impact on their field(s) and made a significant contribution to advancing the University’s international reputation for research excellence while significantly and positively contributing to one or more aspects of the York community’s intellectual life.

Value: $10,000 internal research grant deposited to the recipient’s generic research cost centre

Contact: Terry Carter


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Joan Broussard
Director, Research Grants
Office of Research Services

Kaneff Tower, Fifth Floor

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel: 416.736.2100 x 88859

Fax: 416.736.5512

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