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Graduate Program in History

Financial Information & Awards


York's Graduate program in History attempts to provide reasonable funding to all students admitted to the MA or PHD degrees who meet certain requirements and who are in good standing in the program. There is no separate application for funding, either at the point of initial application or once accepted into the program. If you are eligible (normally in cases where you have achieved a B+ average in your previous degree), you will be automatically considered. Full time MA students can expect 8 months of support. Full time doctoral students can expect up to six years of support as long as they remain in good standing and register as a full-time candidate in the program. This commitment distinguishes York from other Canadian universities: York's Graduate program in History can offer a total package of funding for six years of the doctoral degree.

Support usually takes a number of forms, in combination, depending upon each application and year of study. Fulltime MA students accepted to the York program can expect to receive a minimum of approximately $9,000 in funding. Fulltime PHD students can expect to receive a minimum of $19,400 in their first year. This support is made up of scholarships and assistantships. Students coming into the program with major external scholarships may have their funding packages adjusted.

Scholarships

  1. York Scholarships
    Each applicant to the MA and PHD program is considered for a York Scholarship. These scholarships are tenable for one year only. and are not renewable.

  2. International Tuition Fee Scholarship
    These are scholarships for Visa/International students, currently set at a maximum of $1,600 per term that are applied directly to tuition fees. The award is for one year at the MA level and three years at the PHD level, and is subject to renewal. Visa students also receive a 50% bursary to help cover the cost of the Universities Health Insurance Plan.

Graduate Program in History Scholarships

  1. The John Bosher Award In FRENCH HISTORY & THE FRENCH EMPIRE
    The Graduate program in History at York University announces the competition for the John Bosher Award in French History. This award of up to $2,500.00 has been established by York University President and Vice-Chancellor, Lorna R. Marsden, in honour of her brother, retired York History Professor, John Bosher. The award is available for distribution to one or more graduate students in need of financial help for the purpose of advancing their research on their dissertation.   Deadline Tuesday April 9th 2013.

  2. The Ramsay Cook Fellowship For CANADIAN HISTORY
    The Graduate program in History at York University announces the competition for the Ramsay Cook Fellowship. This award of up to $5,000 has been established to honour the contributions to the study of Canadian history made by York historian Dr. Ramsay Cook, the purpose of the fellowship being to provide support for doctoral students at York whose research would advance the understanding of Canadian history. In particular, this award is intended to facilitate research essential to the completion of doctoral theses of an historical nature by covering expenses such as travel, subsistence, copying and other related research expenditures at archives, libraries and repositories in Canada and abroad.  Deadline Tuesday April 9th 2013.

  3. The Robert Cuff Fellowship For AMERICAN HISTORY
    The Graduate program in History at York University announces the competition for the Robert Cuff Fellowship. This award of up to $1,500 has been established to honour the contributions to the study of American history made by York historian Dr. Robert Cuff, the purpose of the fellowship being to provide support for doctoral students at York whose research would advance the understanding of American history. In particular, this award is intended to facilitate research essential to the completion of doctoral theses of an historical nature by covering expenses such as travel, subsistence, copying and other related research expenditures at archives, libraries and repositories in the United States and abroad.  Deadline Tuesday April 9th 2013.

  4. The Albert Tucker Award In BRITISH HISTORY
    The Graduate program in History at York University announces the competition for the Albert Tucker Award in British Graduate History. This award of up to $3,300.00 has been established by Prof. Tucker to support graduate students in British History. The award is available for distribution to one or more graduate students in need of financial help for the purpose of advancing their research on their dissertation.  Deadline Tuesday April 9th 2013.

        5.  The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Fellowship in MODERN GREEK HISTORY

              Number of Awards: 1

Amount: $13,000 (varies year to year)

This Fellowship will be awarded to a student in the Graduate Program in History, specializing in Modern Greek History, who is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident or protected person; a resident of Ontario; and who demonstrates financial need. It will normally provide funding in addition to a teaching or research assistant position.

The application is made up of a statement of interest in Greek History, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation, and must be submitted to the Graduate History Program Office by the deadline indicated annually. The recipient may hold this award in conjunction with other awards.  See here for details.

        6.   Kostas Tsotsos Graduate Greek History Award

              Number of awards: 1

Amount: $1,400 (varies year to year)

This award, which honours the memory of Kostas Tsotsos, provides support for students in the Graduate History Program at York University whose research will advance the understanding of Greek history in any period, Greek literature, or Greek law. The competition is open to MA and PhD students, although preference is given to PhD students. All recipients must be registered as full-time students, and must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons; residents of Ontario; and demonstrate financial need.

The application is made up of a statement of interest in Greek History, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation, and must be submitted to the Graduate History Program Office by the deadline indicated annually.The recipient may hold this award in conjunction with other awards.

        7.   Women's Canadian Historical Society of Toronto Graduate Scholarship

The Women's Canadian Historical Society of Toronto Graduate Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding Canadian or landed immigrant full time with a superior academic record and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with a major concentration in history.  This student must have been accepted into a Master of Arts program with a specialization in Candian History.

      

        8.   The United Empire Loyalists' Award

               Awarded to a student in the Master's or Doctorol program whose research is on a topic devoted to the study of the United Empire

               Loyalists during the time period of 1760-1841, their descendants and their legacy.  Such research may focus on the history of

               loyalists in the 13 colonies, Upper Canada, Lower Canada, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or PEI.

       

         9.   The Avie Bennett Historica Dominion Institute Dissertation Scholarship in Canadian History

                The Avie Bennett Historica Dominion Institute Dissertation Scholarship in Canadian History is awarded to encourage and

                assist excellent graduate students in their final years of doctoral study to concentrate exclusively on their dissertations.

                  

Other awards and Funds; Field Work Costs Funds, Graduate Developemnt Fund, Research Costs Funds and many more, are available internally through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. For more information please go to http://www.yorku.ca/grads/gen/awards.htm

Assistantships

Scholarship support is usually combined with some form of Assistantships, falling into three categories: research assistantship, graduate assistanship, and teaching assistantship.

  1. Research and Graduate Assistantships
    Research Assistantships (RA) or Graduate Assistantships (GA) for MA studentsare paid according to the Collective Agreement. Research Assistantships (RA) or Graduate Assistantships (GA) for PHD students are paid according to the Collective Agreement.

    Both kinds of assistantships are designed to support student's research or entail research or other work for a professor (usually in History). This work is to be done between 1 September and 30 April and must not exceed 270 hours.

  2. Teaching Assistantship
    Doctoral students wishing to work as a Teaching Assistantship can normally expect to be assigned a teaching assistantship in their second year, unless nothing is available in their area of expertise. Teaching assistants are expected to attend lectures, lead tutorial groups each week, and do marking and office hours. This is supposed to take no more than 10 hours a week for a total of 270 hours between 1 September and 30 April. Our Teaching Assistants are unionized as members of CUPE 3903 and rates of pay are negotiated in each collective agreement. It is currently the highest rate in the province of Ontario.

    Please refer to the current CUPE 3903 Collective Agreement for specific terms and eligibility criteria.

    For students who do not hold TAships, access to a health plan is available for a fee through the Graduate Students' Association.

External Scholarships

Students in both the MA and PHD programs are encouraged to apply for external scholarships, particularly the OGS, Hannah and SSHRC. Deadlines for these scholarships vary, but are usually in the fall. A Hannah or SSHRC scholarship may be held without any reduction of support offered by York. If a student wins an OGS, their support from York is reduced by $5000 as this is the amount contributed by York to the OGS scholarship.

Tuition

Tuition is not covered in the funding support from the Graduate program in History, with the exception of the International Student Fee Waivers for Visa/International students. The current rate of domestic tuition is $1,812.16 per term, three terms a year.