Lorna Marsden International Visitor Fellowship


Thanks to the ongoing generosity of York University president emerita Lorna Marsden, the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies (RCCS) invites applications for the 2017-2018 Robarts Visiting Fellowship at York University (Toronto, ON). The Fellowship is open to full-time (tenured or tenure-track) faculty members who work on issues concerning Canada and who are based outside the country, are planning to go on sabbatical or other leave during 2017-2018 and have demonstrated scholarly expertise on Canada and a commitment to Canadian studies.

The Fellowship will provide the selected faculty member with $2500 CAD in funding to cover travel and accommodations costs while in residence*. Visitors will also be offered prime office space in the Centre for the duration of the visit and they will have access to York Libraries. The Archives of Ontario and the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections are also 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 a workshop or seminar connected to their research expertise. Visitorships will be at least one month’s duration. The Robarts Centre can 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 Robarts Centre: northern studies, black Canada, the environment, Indigenous studies or Canadian culture. Other approaches will also be considered.

Application Process & Deadline

Researchers must supply the following as part of their application:

  1. A current CV;
  2. 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;
  3. 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 (click here for a list of faculty); and
  4. A letter of support from their Departmental Chair or Dean.

The extended deadline for consideration for this award is March 10, 2017 (11:59 pm EST). Applications should be sent to the Robarts Centre at robarts@yorku.ca.

*PLEASE NOTE Visitors will be reimbursed for travel and accommodation related expenses incurred, up to $2500 CAD, upon completion of the visit, in accordance with York University travel reimbursement policy.