The Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies provides a modest fund to help with the research and travel needs of York faculty and graduate students engaged in activities related to Italian-Canadian studies. This fund is administered by a subcommittee to the Chair in conjunction with the Office of Research Services.

The Elia Research Fund supports small-scale research projects with specific needs and helps defray the cost of travel where a significant contribution to Italian-Canadian studies will be made and the prestige of the university enhanced. Limited resources do not allow support for major projects. Normally, awards are less than $8000 and only one grant per year will be awarded to a candidate.


Activities Eligible for Support

Research in any discipline (or of an interdisciplinary nature) related to Italian-Canadian studies is eligible for funding. Priority will be given to small-scale research projects, or specific investigations within larger efforts, which would not be conducted or brought to completion without Elia Chair funding.

Travel expenses to enable faculty and graduate students to meet clearly defined research objectives are eligible for support, particularly where alternate sources are not readily available. Because funds are limited, applicants are encouraged to seek other sources of travel support in cases where Elia Chair research funding is also being sought.

Travel to conferences will be funded in cases where a scholarly paper will be presented. Accommodation expenses normally will not be considered.



There are two annual deadlines for applications; 1 March and 1 November. If the deadline date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or statutory holiday; applications will be accepted on the next working day. Applications received after the deadline will be sent to committee marked late.

A report on the project and money spent must be provided to the Chair within 90 days of the end of the project.


How to Apply

Your application should include the following;

  • A completed and signed ORS grant checklist
  • Contact information complete
  • Project title; description, budget (research grant); or airfare quotes and supporting documents (travel grant)
  • A list of any additional funding
  • Applicant’s CV
  • A completed Chair Endorsement form

Download the application EliaChair_Grant_Application here.

Please submit application to:

The Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies
c/o Alon Teper
Office of Research Services
214 York Lanes
York University