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Graduate Program in Political Science

Financial Information & Awards


Although hampered by a limited budget, our program, as a matter of policy, has been able to ensure that all PhD candidates receive either a full teaching or other assistantship through their eligible years of full-time study. We recognize that full-time study for a PhD involves a long-term commitment and requires at least some financial security and certainty. We are also able to provide funding at the level of a full research assistantship for almost all incoming MA candidates.

There are a number of entrance awards available either through the program, other units on campus, or the Faculty of Graduate Studies which Political Science students are eligible for and have regularly won. These include the Graduate Fellowship for Academic Distinction, the Elia Scholar Award, the International Tuition Fee Scholarship, the David Leyton-Brown Award, the York Centre for International and Security Studies’ John Gellner Graduate Scholarship in Security Studies and the George G. Bell Doctoral Scholarship. The program also offers Packer Award in Social Justice, the Comparative Political Economy Scholarship and the Neal Wood Memorial Award. No special application for any of these awards is necessary; the program automatically considers all eligible candidates.

There are, in addition to the above, externally-awarded scholarships and fellowships for which qualified students are encouraged to apply (the most well-known of these are the Ontario Graduate Scholarships and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council Scholarships and Fellowships). The program keeps students apprised of the major competitions, and does all it can to aid in the completion of application forms. We are very proud of the enviable record we have achieved in these external competitions.

Further information about Financial Assistance is also available from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.