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Professional Development Fund

Poster for YCAR Professional Development Fund 27 JAN 2025
YCAR Professional-Development-Fund

YCAR's Professional Development Fund subsidizes relevant expenses for YCAR Graduate Associates 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 next deadline is Monday, 27 January 2025 by 4pm for activities taking place six month before and six month after the deadline.


  • YCAR Graduate Associates are eligible to apply.
  • Students must be Graduate Associates on the date of application, presentation and award.
  • Preference will be given to applications from students registered in the Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies.
  • Preference will be given to upper-level students in their degree programs

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 within six (6) months of the application.

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.

Regardless of event dates, the maximum number of allocations provided in a given academic year is one per graduate student.

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

Application Form:

Supervisor Form: