YCAR accepting applications for three different awards

The York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) will be accepting applications for three awards offered in the winter 2012 term – the Vivienne Poy Asian Research Award, the YCAR Language Award and the Albert C.W. Chan Foundation Fellowship. The application deadline for all three awards is 4pm on Monday, Feb. 13.

There is one Vivienne Poy Asian Research Award available worth $1,500. It will be given to a graduate student who is enrolled at York and is a graduate associate of YCAR. Priority will be given to students who apply to do research in fulfilment of the fieldwork requirement of the Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GDAS). The award is open to local and international students who have a grade point average of at least B+ and can demonstrate how fieldwork in Asia will contribute to the completion of their program and to an understanding of Asia. Financial need will also be considered.

The criteria for selection will include the importance of fieldwork for the graduate student’s program, the academic merit of the research proposal, the fit with YCAR’s research mandate and active participation in YCAR, including enrolment in the GDAS. Academic merit will include the clarity of the proposal, the potential contribution of proposed research to Asian studies and Asian communities, and the feasibility of the research.

There are up to three YCAR Language Awards available to local and international graduate students enrolled at York and registered for the GDAS with a grade point average of at least B+. Each award will provide up to $1,500 to reimburse costs directly related to language study. Receipts will be required before related language training expenses are reimbursed. The awards are open to students with demonstrated need to learn a specific Asian language to appreciate and better understand the context and perspectives relating to their area of research study.

One Albert C.W. Chan Foundation Fellowship worth $1,000 is available. Established by the Albert C.W. Chan Foundation, the fellowship encourages and assists graduate students to carry out field research in East and/or Southeast Asia. Applicants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, be Ontario residents and demonstrate financial need.

For more information, to obtain the application forms and for details on what to include in the application, visit the YCAR website or e-mail .