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Awards and Other Support Funds

Many graduate students at York are successful in winning prestigious external or internal scholarships and you are encouraged to seek eligible opportunities. The university also offers bursaries and other support funds to assist with your scholarly and research activities. Common types of funds include the following: 

Bursaries that are allocated based on demonstrated financial need;

Research support funds to cover expenses related to scholarly and research activities;  

Donor-supported internal awards: To find internal award opportunities, please use the award search.

Information about graduate funding as well as tuition fees are available here.  Visit also this page to learn about graduate student employment types, including the Teaching Assistantship (TA), Graduate Assistantship (GA) and Research Assistantship (RA).  

For further information, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies scholarships and awards page or please contact the Graduate Program Assistant.

Graduate Program or Faculty Specific Awards

The Heisey Award (*$4000): awarded annually to students entering the second year of studies in Fine Arts.

The Visual Arts of the Americas Graduate Award ($1250): given annually to a second-year student in the Graduate Program in Art History whose research focuses on some aspect of the visual arts of North, Central, or South America. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and academic excellence.

The Cardarelli Award (*$500): awarded annually to students entering second year of the MA in Art History demonstrating financial need and academic excellence

The Dorothy Rowe Visual Cultures and Canada Graduate Award (*$1250): intended to stimulate and support the study of visual culture and Canada. The award is offered annually to a student demonstrating academic excellence and financial need, who is entering the Graduate Program in Art History with the intention of focusing his or her studies on issues related to cultural diversity or intra-cultural understanding of visual cultures within the Canadian context.

The Joyce Zemans Prize (*$250): awarded annually to a graduating student demonstrating academic excellence

The Zdenka Volavka Research Fellowship (*$6000): awarded annually to a graduate student researching the art history of the indigenous peoples of Africa or America. Its purpose 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.

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The Graduate Program in Art History & Visual Culture at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Assistant to learn more.