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Financial Information & Awards

All Candidates for M.A. or PhD degrees are strongly urged to apply for OGS, CGS, SSHRC Fellowships, and other scholarships where they are eligible, given the overall limitation of available funds at all levels. For more information regarding external awards, the Faculty of Graduate Studies has developed a scholarship database, which is available for students to use in 283 York Lanes. Various forms of financial assistance are available to students. York University and external agencies offer numerous fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, awards, prizes, and grants. Graduate students are encouraged to consult with their particular program for advice on financial matters. Unfortunately, space does not permit a complete listing, but below is a directory of some of the assistance that may be of particular interest to graduate students.

Entrance Scholarships | Assistantships | External Scholarships | Other York Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards |
Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies Scholarships and Bursaries


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Entrance Scholarships

York Scholarships
York University offers a limited number of scholarships to students entering programs at the Master's and Doctoral level. There are no application forms for these scholarships. Offers are made by the Graduate Program Directors to selected applicants who have unequivocal "A" standing in their previous two years of study.

Graduate Fellowships for Academic Distinction
The Graduate Fellowships for Academic Distinction are awarded to incoming students with high potential for future leadership in international affairs. The students eligible for these awards will be those engaged in research in the Social Science aspects of environmental protection, fine arts, or political economy. Fellowships include a scholarship ($5,000 for Master's students; $10,000 for Doctoral students), a graduate assistantship valued at $7,000, and all tuition fees.

International Tuition Fee Scholarships
The Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University offers International Tuition Fee Scholarships to highly qualified international students. There are a limited number of these Scholarships and they are awarded on the recommendation of the Graduate Program to which the student is applying. These scholarships are applied directly to the international differential tuition fee in varying amounts (up to approximately $4,800 in 2004-2005) and are awarded at the time an offer of admission is made to the applicant.

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Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships
A stipend may be paid to a full-time degree candidate who teaches in one of the York Faculties or colleges. Normally, such teaching will consist of a tutorial or seminar work in a timetabled course in which the lectures are given by a full-time member of Faculty, this teaching being considered equal, when preparation is counted, to no more than ten hours of work per week.

Graduate Assistantships
A stipend may be paid to a full-time degree candidate for various types of activity. The duties of a graduate assistant may include participation in a practicum, as an apprentice in a laboratory or applied setting, library work for the department or for a research group (normally in cases where it is possible for students to make small but constructive contributions to group research projects), administrative, clerical and research work. Formal arrangements for work in this category are made with the program director after admission. It should be noted that neither a Master's nor a Doctoral candidate is permitted, while registered as a full-time student, to accept more than ten hours of paid work per week through the University.

Research Assistantships
A stipend may be paid to a full-time degree candidate for research or academic activities relevant and related to the student's field(s) of study within the academic program. Formal arrangements are made with the program director after admission.

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External Scholarships

Canada Graduate Scholarhships-Master's Scholarships
The Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's program offers non-renewable twelve-month awards valued at $17,500, and tenable only at recognized Canadian universities, to applicants who will be registered as full-time students at the master's level in a discipline supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The deadline for the submission of applications from full-time registered students is set by the Graduate Program office in early fall. Applicants not registered at a university must apply directly to the Council by December 1st. In the 2004-2005 academic year, 66 scholarships were awarded to York University students.

Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Program - Doctoral Scholarships and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council offers two types of awards for doctoral-level study to students who have demonstrated a high standard of academic achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies: (i) SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships; and (ii) Canada Graduate Scholarships Program - Doctoral Scholarships. Applicants apply for both awards by completing one application form. SSHRC considers all eligible applicants for both awards. SSHRC Doctoral fellowships, tenable at Canadian universities or abroad, are valued at $20,000 per annum. CGS Doctoral Scholarships are valued at $35,000 per annum, and are tenable only at recognized universities in Canada. The deadline for the submission of applications from full-time registered students is set by the Graduate Program office in early fall. Applicants not registered at a university must apply directly to the Council by November 15th.

Ontario Graduate Scholarships
The Ontario Ministry of Education and Training offers the Ontario Graduate Scholarships to individuals intending to pursue Master's or Doctoral studies in a wide variety of disciplines. Applicants need not be accepted to graduate school at the time of application but must apply a year before planning to undertake their studies. International students are also welcome to apply. The value of the scholarship is currently $5,000 per term or $15,000 per year. Full-time registered students in their last year of undergraduate studies must apply through their university. At York they must submit their applications to their graduate program by their preset deadline.

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowships Plan
These funds are available to graduate students for study in a Commonwealth country other than their own. The scholarships and fellowships include funds for tuition, travel, living expenses and books. They are generally tenable for two academic years. The deadline date for most countries is October 25. For New Zealand it is December 27.

Ontario Graduate Scholarships in Science & Technology
Established by the provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, these scholarships are awarded to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are studying full-time or part-time in approved Master's or Doctoral programs in science and technology at Ontario universities. Recipients must exhibit overall academic excellence, having maintained an overall average of at least A minus or equivalent during their last 20 one-term/semester courses (or equivalent) of post secondary study. Applicants entering third year or beyond of graduate studies must have an average of A minus on all graduate courses completed. Recipients will also exhibit research ability or potential; excellent communication skills; and interpersonal and leadership abilities. The scholarships are valued at $15,000 annually or $5,000 per term. The deadline date for nominations by graduate programs is February 15th. Recipients may hold other awards of up to $10,000 but may not hold an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in the same year of study in which they hold an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science & Technology.

Foreign Government Awards Program
These awards are intended to assist Canadian students to further their studies or conduct research abroad at the Master's, Doctoral or Post-Doctoral level and usually cover a period of at least six months. Participating countries include: Chile, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Russia, Spain & Venezuela. The deadline date for receipt of applications varies but can be as early as October 25th.

Organization of American States
The objective of this program is to promote the economic, social, scientific and cultural development of the Member States. Fellowships are for periods of three months to two years. The benefits include a round trip ticket, study materials and tuition fees, health insurance and a subsistence allowance. The deadline date for applications is January 24th.

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Other York Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

Fieldwork Costs Fund
This is a program of funding for Master's and Doctoral students to defray the cost of thesis and dissertation research which must be carried out "in the field." Up to $50,000 will be available and a maximum of $5,000 will be awarded to each individual recipient. The deadline for graduate programs to submit applications is March 15th. Students should check for earlier deadlines in their graduate program office.

President's Dissertation scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to encourage and assist outstanding students in their final year of doctoral study to concentrate exclusively on their dissertations. Candidates must be nominated by their graduate program and all nominations must be submitted by April 1st. The value of the award is a $15,000 stipend, $1,000 accountable research grant and $1,000 additional stipend payable upon successful defence.

Research Costs Fund
The Research Costs Fund helps subsidize students' own research expenses that are above and beyond those costs that are typically associated with graduate work, such as travel to sources of research, payment of subjects, supplies, services, photocopying, etc. The Fund generally does not cover books, conference costs, subsistence and tuition fees. ("Generally" means that the Committee will award funds if they are convinced that the expenses are essential for the completion of the research and/or a cheaper alternative is not available.) All full-time registered graduate students who are members (past and present) of CUPE are eligible for a grant. Master's students should note that Doctoral students take priority. Funding is awarded early Spring and early Fall. Application forms are available for printing on the FGS website at http://www.yorku.ca/grads/cs.htm or in Graduate Program Offices from mid-August through September and from mid-January to February. Deadline for application submissions are set by individual program offices.

Graduate Development Fund
The Graduate Development fund subsidizes travel costs for students who are presenting their scholarly or creative work outside the Toronto area. Funding is awarded early Spring and early Fall. Application forms are available for printing on the FGS website's deadlines for application submissions are April 15 and October 15.

Mariano A. Elia Scholarship
The Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies offers annually three $1,000 awards to students whose research contributes to our understanding of the Italian-Canadian (or related) experience. These scholarships may be applied for by graduate students currently pursuing a degree in any program. The deadline date is in early February.

Zdenka Volavka Research Fellowship
The goal of this award is to stimulate and support the study of art history of the indigenous people of Africa and North America through fieldwork and to provide opportunities for comparative study through field activities and related collections research. The annual award of $6,000 has an application deadline of April 15th.

The CCCJ John Lockwood Memorial Award
The CCCJ- John Lockwood Memorial Award, which is valued biannually at $3,750, is to be given to a graduate student who is focusing her or his studies on issues related to cultural diversity or crosscultural understanding in Canada. Among other things, the student's research may focus on prejudice in Canadian society and/or proposals for its elimination. Nominations must be received by April 1st, each year, in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, 283 York Lanes.

David Leyton-Brown Award
This award will be offered annually to an entering graduate student at the Masters or Doctoral level, with preference given to students specializing in international relations. The student will be judged, according to his/her academic excellence and financial need, by the Director and the Admissions Committee of the Graduate Program in Political Science. This award is valued at $1,200.

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Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies Scholarships and Bursaries

please note: Awards that were donated to the Graduate Program in Women's Studies keep that name in their descriptions.

 

These funds have all been donated to give financial support to students in the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies.  Please note that awards funded by the Ontario Student Opportunities Trust Fund require students to demonstrate financial need as well as a strong academic standing. Many are only available to Ontario residents, Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.  Notices about application deadlines (typically in the Spring) and how to apply will be sent out to all students at the appropriate time.

 

The Doris Anderson Graduate Scholarship  

 

This fund was set up to honour the life and work of Doris Anderson. As editor of Chatelaine Magazine for 20 years, Doris Anderson tackled many new and controversial issues for Canadian women during the 1960's and 70's across the country. The Doris Anderson Graduate Scholarship in Feminist Research is offered each year to a full or part-time Graduate Student in Women's Studies who is doing research in the field of advanced feminist studies. The applicant must also demonstrate financial need and must have been awarded an OGS.

 

The Doris Anderson Research Fellowship  

 

This fund was set up to honour the life and work of Doris Anderson. As editor of Chatelaine Magazine for 20 years, Doris Anderson tackled many new and controversial issues for Canadian women during the 1960's and 70's across the country. The Doris Anderson Research Fellowship is offered each year to a Graduate Student in Women's Studies presenting a feminist research paper in appropriate forums, either in Canada or abroad.

 

The Doris Anderson Canadian Bursary  

 

This fund was set up to honour the life and work of Doris Anderson. As the pioneering feminist editor of Chatelaine Magazine for 20 years in the 1960's and 70's, Doris Anderson transformed the traditional "women's magazine" into a vibrant national vehicle, advocating for women's equality rights. Her work continues to be an inspiration to all who cherish justice and equality. The Doris Anderson Canadian Bursary is offered each year to a full-time or part-time Graduate Student in Women's Studies who studies at York University but whose permanent address is outside of Ontario. The applicant must also demonstrate financial need.

 

Ethel Armstrong Bursaries
 
 

The intention of the Ethel Armstrong bursaries is to give financial and moral support to full-time or part-time doctoral students enrolled in the Graduate Women's Studies Program in memory of a remarkable woman. The criteria for the Bursaries are financial need and strong academic standing.

 

The Ethel Armstrong Bursary for Students With a Physical Disability  

 

This award is designated for one or more students with a physical disability. Preference will be given to a student majoring or minoring in Women's Studies in second, third, fourth year, a Master's Program or a Doctoral Program. Preference will be given to female students.

 

The Encouragement Bursary  

 

A retired faculty member established this award to encourage thoughtful study. The recipient will be a deserving graduate student continuing study in Women's Studies. This award is an alternate year award offered in even years beginning in 2000. The recipient must demonstrate financial need.

 

The W. Jean Fewster Bursary  

 

This award has been established to encourage a focus on communications and/or international studies within the Graduate Women's Studies Program and will be extended to a deserving graduate student who is completing research in this area. The criteria include financial need, and recognized achievement and talent or promise.

 

The Louise H. Mahood Award  

 

The purpose of this endowment is to provide support for Women's Studies students at York University. It is hoped that with financial support the candidate can contribute to their education by serving on committees, collectives or boards within the University. This award is designated to a graduate student in the Women's Studies Program with a minimum of a B grade point and demonstrated financial need.

 

The Jerilyn Manson-Hing Bursary  

 

This award is given in honour of the memory of Jerilyn Manson-Hing by her friends and family to provide financial support for a deserving graduate student in the Women's Studies Program at York University.

 

The Margaret R. Bursary
 
 

 

The funding of this bursary has been donated in memory of a remarkable woman in order to give financial support to students in the Graduate Program in Women's Studies at York University. Students must demonstrate financial need and a strong academic standing in order to be eligible for the bursary.

 

Beverly Mascoll Bursary
 
 

 

This award is available to students in the School of Women’s Studies.  Recipients must be Ontario residents and demonstrated financial need. 

The Sherrill Cheda Graduate Scholarship

A number of donors have established this award in memory of Sherrill Cheda. She was a feminist, librarian, cultural nationalist, political activist, founding member of Toronto's New Feminists and had a lifelong love of books, learning, the arts and was devoted to improving the lives of women. The Sherrill Cheda Graduate Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming graduate student in the Graduate Program in Women's Studies whose research addresses current issues facing women. All domestic and international students are eligible for consideration. Recipients must have a minimum “A-” average.

 

The Thelma McCormack Prize  

 

The Thelma McCormack Prize is awarded to a student enrolled in the Graduate Program in Women's Studies for the best essay or project completed for a Graduate Women's Studies course during a given academic year. The nomination may be made by students and faculty.

 

The Virginia Rock Prize  

 

The Virginia Rock Prize is awarded to a student enrolled in the Graduate Program in Women's Studies for one of the two best essays or projects completed for a Graduate Women's Studies course during a given academic year. The nomination may be made by students and faculty.

 

The Helena Orton Scholarship  

 

This scholarship is open to a student undertaking either full-time or part-time thesis graduate studies at Osgoode Hall Law School or in the School of Women's Studies, whose graduate work will explore the relationships between law and social equality. Preferences will be given to candidates committed to studying workplace issues of benefit to women. Students who would like to be nominated for the Helena Orton fellowship should submit an application to the Graduate Women's Studies office. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to equality issues.

 

The Sandra Pyke Conference Fellowship  

 

The fellowship contributes to the costs of students enrolled in the Graduate Program in Women's Studies who are presenting papers at conferences or serving as the organizer and/or Chair of a conference session. It is intended to cover expenses (including accommodation and registration fees) associated with conference presentations, and is meant to supplement funding awarded to graduate students from other sources. Students are expected to have applied to, and received, funding from the FGS Graduate Development Fund, the Graduate Students' Association, or other specified funding sources.

 

School of Women's Studies  

 

These bursaries were established by the School of Women’s Studies to assist graduate Women’s Studies students in financial need.  The graduate bursary is designated for one or more students registered in the Master’s or Doctoral Program in Women’s Studies.  All recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents, Ontario residents and must demonstrate financial need.  Three awards available.

Please note: The Graduate Program in Women's Studies has established its own fund: The Graduate Women's Studies Fund, supported by donations from faculty, students, and friends. This fund can be used for various Program events.

The sections in the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar dealing with Fellowships, Assistantships, Scholarships, Awards and Prizes and General Information provide much information as well. Students should also check the Program bulletin board for other scholarship postings.

Johanna H. Stuckey Graduate Bursary in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies

Awarded to a student enrolled in the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies. Offered every year to a currently registered, full-time graduate student who demonstrates  financial need. The purpose of this bursary is to encourage thoughtful study for a student who demonstrates community involvement at York University, which may include volunteer service in the Nellie Langford Rowell Women’s Studies Library. Preference is given to a student with a concentration of work in the humanities, where possible.


Scholarships and bursaries deadlines
Award Approx. Deadline Approx. Date of Results
Fee Bursaries Fall/Winter: mid-October
Summer: mid-May
early December
late June
Fieldwork Costs Fund February 8 end of March
Graduate Development Fund; Fall: early October
Spring: early April
early December
late June
President's Dissertation Scholarship April 17 early May
Graduate Fellowships for Academic Distinction April 17 early May
Research Costs Fund Fall: mid-October
Spring: mid-March
late November
late March
SSHRC and OGS Early to mid-November mid-April
The Doris Anderson Graduate Scholarship No application required end of May
The Doris Anderson Research Fellowship March 30 * end of April
The Doris Anderson Canadian Bursary August 28* mid-October
Ethel Armstrong Awards August 28 * mid-October
Ethel Armstrong Award - Student with a Physical Disability February 1* mid-March
Encouragement Award N/A N/A
W. Jean Fewster Award August 28 * mid-October
Louise H. Mahood Bursary August 28 * mid-October
Jerilyn Manson-Hing Bursary August 28 * mid-October
Margaret R. Award August 28 * mid-October
Beverly Mascoll Bursary August 28 * mid-October
Thelma McCormack Prize May 31* mid-June
Helena Orton Scholarship March April 15 * mid-May
Sandra Pyke Conference Fellowship Fall: February 20*
Spring: May 31*
mid-March
mid-July
Virginia Rock Prize May 31* mid-June
School of Women's Studies Bursary August 28 * mid-October
Johanna H. Stuckey Graduate Bursary in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies August 28 *  

 

* These deadlines act as guidelines only and are subject to change with any new school year. Make sure to confirm the deadlines with the Program Assistant to keep updated with any changes.


Financial allowances for MRPs, MA Theses and PhD Dissertations as agreed to in the CUPE contract
(Article 15.07)
"Upon request by any full or part-time York graduate student who is a member of the bargaining unit or who has been a member of the bargaining unit and who submits her/his Master's thesis/PhD dissertation for defense, or where permitted by a graduate Program , submits a Major Research Paper instead of a Master's thesis, the Employer shall grant such an individual up to $200 towards the cost of the final form of her/his Major Research Paper or up to $300 towards the cost of production of the final form of her/his Master's thesis, and, where applicable, up to $400 towards the cost of production of the final form of her/his Doctoral dissertation, on receipt of an invoice substantiating costs incurred."

Application forms for MRP reimbursements are available in the Program Office, and from the Thesis Secretary, FGS, for thesis/dissertation reimbursements.