Research Funding and Prizes

Are you interested in Research in the Canadian North?

Take advantage of this funding opportunity offered by the Canadian Polar Commission called the Northern Scientific Training Program. It is designed to support students interested in solving the pressing environmental, health, cultural, socio-economic, political, educational, legal, engineering or resource development challenges facing the Arctic and its peoples. York NSTP Poster (PDF) York University internal application […]


Robarts Centre Visiting Professorship in Canadian Studies

Thanks to the generosity of York University president emerita Lorna Marsden, the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies today announced a new visitorship program. Researchers working on Canada, but based outside the country, may apply for a $2,500 stipend to cover travel and accommodation costs while in residence at the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies. At […]

Robarts Centre Visiting Professorship in Canadian Studies

Thanks to the generosity of President emerita Lorna Marsden, the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies is delighted to announce a new visitorship programme.  Researchers working on Canada but based outside the country may apply for a $2500 stipend to cover travel and accommodation costs while in residence at the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies.  At least one visitorship will be awarded for the period before 1 July 2015.

Visitors will have access to office space during their time in residence, and the Centre will arrange library privileges.  The Archives of Ontario and the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections are both located on campus, and the Environment Canada library is nearby.  Visitors will be expected to contribute to the academic life at the Centre by leading an invited workshop connected to their research expertise.  Visitorships will be at least of one month’s duration.  The Robarts Centre may assist in arranging on-campus accommodation, if requested.

Priority may be given to scholars working in the one of the current main research areas at the Centre:  Cultural expression in the Arctic, Northern Studies, Black Canada, Environmental history and politics, Indigenous Studies, or Canadian culture.  Other approaches will also be considered

Researchers must supply the following as part of their application.
a.  A current CV
b.  A statement of the research project and how residency at the Robarts Centre will facilitate this project (no more than 500 words).   Applicants should indicate their preference for timing.  Normally, applicants planning to visit between September and June will receive preference.
c.  A letter of support from a current tenure-track faculty member at York University.  This faculty member must be an Associate of the Robarts Centre.

It is anticipated that the scholar will hold a tenure-track position in a foreign institution and will demonstrate scholarly expertise on Canada and a commitment to Canadian Studies.

The extended deadline for applications is March 10, 2017.  Applications should be sent to the Robarts Centre at

(York colleagues should note that this is a great opportunity for developing links with foreign-based scholars, particularly for those engaged in collaborative research.)

At a time when the Canadian government has cancelled its assistance for foreign-based scholars who work on Canadian subjects, President emerita Marsden’s generosity underlines our support for the excellent work done by our colleagues abroad.

Barbara Godard Prize for the Best York University Dissertation in Canadian Studies

“This prize is awarded to the doctoral dissertation on a Canadian topic defended at York University in the course of the calendar year that best advances our knowledge of Canada. Special attention will be given to dissertations that transcend disciplinary boundaries and demonstrate innovation in thought and/or methodology.” Eligible candidates who have successfully defended their […]

The Barbara Godard Prize for the Best York University Dissertation in Canadian Studies honours Barbara Godard, a committed feminist, talented critic and dedicated citizen. Professor Godard was a dedicated academic. A professor emerita in York University’s Department of English, the Avie Bennett Historical Chair in Canadian Literature, a member for the graduate programs in Women’s Studies and Social and Political Thought, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (inducted posthumously). Barbara Godard was known worldwide for her important work as a researcher, translator and critic of Canadian literature. A prolific writer and editor who did groundbreaking theoretical research, she shared her passion for literature and the politics of culture by supervising an astounding number of graduate students during her career. Barbara Godard was a dynamic woman and her sudden passing in 2010 left a hole in all of our lives.

Thanks to the generosity of friends and colleagues of Professor Godard, a $500 prize will be given to the author of the chosen dissertation.

Barbara Godard Prize Winners

2016: Dr. Brittany Luby (History), "Drowned: Anishinabek Economies and Resistance to Hydroelectric Development in the Winnipeg River Drainage Basin, 1873 - 1975"

2015: Dr. Jane Griffith (Education), "News from School: Language, Time and Place in the Newspapers of 1890s Indian Boarding Schools in Canada"

2014: Dr. Ameil Joseph (School of Social Work), "Authorities on the Subject: Deportation and the confluence of violence within forensic mental health and immigration systems"

2013: Dr. Monique Giroux (Music), "Music, Power and Relations: Fiddling as Meeting Place between Re-settlers and Indigenous Nations in Manitoba"

Honourable Mention: Nelson Ferguson (Social Anthropology), "From Coal Pits to Tar Sands: Examining Labour Migration between the Athabasca Oil Sands and the Atlantic Canada Region"

2012: Dr. Jamie Yard (Social Anthropology), "Working Natures: An Ethnography of Love, Labour and Accumulation on the British Columbia Coast"

Odessa Prize for the Study of Canada

The $1000.00 Odessa Prize for The Study of Canada was awarded from 2010 to 2015 to a fourth-year, undergraduate student who is judged to have written the best essay on a topic related to the study of Canada.

The Odessa Prize in The Study of Canada was established by Irvin Studin, a York alumnus and former Rhodes scholar. Mr. Studin was the editor of What is a Canadian? Forty-three Thought-Provoking Responses (Douglas Gibson Books, McClelland & Stewart, 2006). The son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, the book is dedicated to his parents, who were from Odessa. The Odessa Prize was made possible by the generous donation of profits from the sale of the book.

For further information, please contact: Laura Taman, 416-736-5499

Odessa Prize Winners

2014-15: Jesse Thistle (History), "We are children of the river’: Toronto’s Lost Métis History."

2013-14: Catherine Timms (History), "Frederick G. Gardiner: An Exploration of High Modernism and the Metropolitan Toronto Council, 1953-1961

2012-13: Lindsay Moore (Anthropology and Communication and Culture), "Touring Toronto: Experiential Narratives of History, Culture and Identity"

2010-11: Lotoya Jackson (English), "Compromises of Success: Politics of Representation and Paratext in Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes

The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies Small Grants

The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies will consider requests for funding for colloquia, speakers’ series, guest speakers, publications and research projects run by York colleagues (full-time and part-time instructors and graduate students). All requests must involve clear content related to the study of Canada. Funding is limited, and it is unlikely that any single request will receive more than $1000. The priority will be for public events, particularly those that engage graduate or undergraduate students and that occur on one of the York University campuses. The Robarts Centre is particularly keen to support projects that will be requesting additional external funds, e.g. from the SSHRC. Other projects will also be considered. All applicants must be associates of the Robarts Centre.

Please submit the application form to the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies Requests should indicate the full budget for the larger project, including the likely or confirmed sources of additional funding. Please be sure to address the criteria listed above in your request.
Robarts Funding Application Form


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