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Award Opportunities

The Faculty of LA&PS values and recognizes the contributions and hard work of our graduate students undertaking research. We provide support for master’s and doctoral students with numerous awards to offset costs connected to research, travel to scholarly conferences or workshops, the public dissemination of research publications and completion of fieldwork for dissertations, among other activities. Follow the links below for funding amounts, deadlines, application details and eligibility requirements.

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LA&PS Research Cost Fund

Deadlines: Rolling deadline. Apply between November 1 and mid-January for research to be conducted between December and April. Apply between March 1 and mid-April for research to be conducted between May and November.

Value: Up to $1,600

Eligibility: This fund assists with the costs directly connected to research undertaken by registered full-time LA&PS-based graduate students who are not currently and have not previously been members of CUPE 3903. It is intended to provide a parallel fund for graduate students who are not eligible for the Faculty of Graduate Studies-administered Research Cost Fund (for which current or past CUPE membership is an eligibility requirement). Students who receive the FGS-administered Research Cost Fund are not eligible for the LA&PS Research Cost Fund.

Expenses: Allocated funds are provided to successful applicants by reimbursement after eligible expenses are incurred and original, detailed receipts are provided (including incentives payments).

Reimbursement claims must match the budget line items approved by the committee.

Eligible Expenses:

  • Student travel and/or accommodation necessary for research
  • Incentive payments or token gifts to research participants – where an incentive is deemed necessary, a $5 to $10 gift certificate is recommended for survey and interview respondents
  • Materials, supplies, photocopying and other services essential to the research; and,
  • Disability accommodation costs for participants (e.g., accessible transportation, interpreters, note takers)

Ineligible Expenses:

  • Books
  • Conference costs
  • Subsistence costs
  • Tuition and related fees
  • Equipment and services considered a normal student expense including the cost of researcher’s intra-city transportation within the GTA (e.g., city taxis, TTC)
  • Services deemed essential without a quote from a certified professional

Graduate Program Responsibilities: This award is adjudicated by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and follows the same adjudication process as the FGS-administered Research Cost Fund. Graduate students are responsible for ensuring their research proposals and that their student risk assessment forms are on file for travelling abroad.

Graduate program offices must submit the following to Lindsay Gonder, graduate manager, at

Application process: Ensure you have the following elements before completing the online portion of the application:

  • Personal information, including student number and program details;
  • Information regarding destination and duration of research travel;
  • Information regarding previous applications to the Research Cost Fund;
  • Detailed research budget; and
  • Information on additional sources of funding.

Complete, print and sign the online application form. (Note: Ensure you are able to print before beginning the application – it cannot be saved for access at a later time.) You will be sent an email confirmation after submission of the online portion of the application.

Submit the printed online application form to the relevant graduate program office with:

  • A one-page (250-word maximum) description of the thesis/dissertation project; and,
  • A statement/letter of support from you principal supervisor (may be written on actual application form or on separate page).

Allocation process: After the committee determines allocations, all applicants are notified by email of the decisions. Successful applicants receive notification of the maximum value of the allocation, the budget line items approved for reimbursement and the process for filing reimbursement claims.

Questions? Contact Lindsay Gonder, graduate manager, Office of the Dean, Faculty of LA&PS, at 416-736-2100, ext. 44548, or

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LA&PS Graduate and Post-Doctoral Research Events Fund

Deadline: Rolling deadline

Value: Up to $5,000 per year

Eligibility: LA&PS-based graduate students and post-doctoral fellows (who must be applying for an event that occurs within the period of their fellowship) who plan to organize a scholarly conference or workshop at York University are invited to apply. This fund supports research-related events that engage LA&PS community members in fruitful exchanges with other members of the York community, scholars and students from outside York, or individuals and organizations that form part of the University’s neighbouring communities.

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LA&PS Graduate Student Travel Grant for Dissemination

Deadlines: August 1, November 1 and March 1

Value: Up to $1,000

Eligibility: This grant offsets costs associated with the public dissemination of research, scholarship or creativity undertaken by full- or part-time LA&PS-based graduate students and post-doctoral fellows (who must be applying for an event that occurs within the period of their fellowship). Applications must be submitted in advance of the presentation and include a budget, paper abstract or summary, confirmation of conference acceptance (paper or poster presentation) and confirmation from supervisor that the conference is an important part of the applicant’s professional development.

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LA&PS Graduate Student Support for Publications

Deadline: Rolling deadline

Value: Up to $1,000

Eligibility: This grant offsets costs associated with the public dissemination of research publications, scholarship or creativity undertaken by LA&PS-based graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and may include book indexing costs and open-access fees for scholarly articles.

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LA&PS Dissertation Fieldwork Fellowship

Applications are open as of May 1st 2021

Deadline: Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 4 p.m.

Value: The Dissertation Fieldwork Fellowship supports up to a one-year leave from holding a teaching assistant (TA) position by replacing the value of portions of the graduate funding package – the grant-in-aid, the graduate financial assistance and tutorial wages – with Fieldwork Fellowship funding. Up to 20 Fieldwork Fellowships will be available in each academic year.

The Dissertation Fieldwork Fellowship amounts are as follows.

Dissertation Fieldwork Fellowship$18,488(3 instalments of $6,162.67 in Fall, Winter, Summer)Dissertation Fieldwork Fellowship$27,264(3 instalments of $9,088 in Fall, Winter, Summer)
York Doctoral Fellowship$5,403York Doctoral Fellowship$8,467

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are doctoral students who need to complete fieldwork or other research in support of their dissertations that makes it impossible to take up a tutorial assistant (TA) position during the academic year. This includes traditional fieldwork conducted abroad or within Canada, it may be ethnographic research or participant observation and extended archival research.

As a doctoral student in a LA&PS-based graduate program, the Fellowship will allow you to fully engage in your research and finish your dissertation in a timely manner without foregoing the basic funding package.

  • Applicants can apply in years two or three of their doctoral programs.
  • Applicants cannot hold both a TA position and the Fellowship in the same academic year.
  • Fieldwork must be conducted no later than the fourth year of study; applications for fieldwork to be conducted in years five or six will not be considered.
  • Students applying to the fund with the intention of leaving on fieldwork must communicate their plans to their graduate program director.
  • Applicants must have completed all course work, passed all qualifying examinations and submitted their dissertation proposals to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) and, if required, to the Office of Research Ethics.
  • Graduate students will receive instalments of the Fellowship in their student account at the beginning of the Fall, Winter and Summer terms.
  • Upon completion of the Fellowship, students will be eligible to take up TA positions within the Faculty of LA&PS.
  • Students who hold a Canadian graduate scholarship or other large scholarship designed to fund fieldwork are not eligible.

Application Requirements: Fill out an application online, ensuring you submit the appropriate documents:

  • Your two page statement describing the research project: make sure to describe in your application the reasons that you cannot conduct your research while remaining on-site at York University (for example, your research must be conducted abroad; or, the nature of the research and its time commitments – even if conducted closer to Toronto – make it impossible for you to be on site at York through one academic year).A timeline for the research, travel dates, site location, must be included in the statement. Please include a COVID-19 contingency plan as requested below.*
  • Upload your proposal, confirmation of FGS and Ethics approvals, risk assessment (if required by FGS).
  • Students must request two statements, one from their supervisor and one from a committee member. Statements should address whether the student is in good academic standing; the student’s ability to carry out the activities proposed in the proposal; the merit of the intended dissertation and clearly indicating the name of the student in the header of the document.
  • Students who have not yet submitted their proposals, research ethics and risk assessment documentation to FGS may still apply, but the statements of support must confirm expected timing of receipt of proposals and should speak to the work you have conducted thus far. The adjudication committee may contact your Graduate Program Director for feedback on your application.
  • No funds will be deposited in student accounts until FGS approvals have been received. Please plan accordingly before applying to this fund.

Note: For the duration of the Fellowship, students shall:

1) Retain their placement status within the CUPE 3903 priority pool (this should not be understood to extend a participant’s years of doctoral funding or priority pool status);

2) Accrue applicable prior experience at the rate of .67 for the one-year duration of the fellowship; and

3) Retain their entitlement to health and dental benefits on the same terms as graduate students actively engaged in TA work.

*Guidance Regarding COVID-19

In response to the declaration of a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 18, 2020, York University moved to a required services model. In this exceptional circumstance, the Faculty recognizes that requirements for physical distancing, travel availability and site access may restrict the capacity of students to conduct their fieldwork.

Applicants whose fieldwork has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic should provide a brief statement (maximum 500 words) explaining how they intend to complete their fieldwork while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. The statement must be approved by their PhD supervisor and signed off by their Graduate Program Director. In preparing this statement, applicants are encouraged to consult the detailed guidance on research services, travel restrictions and research work provided by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and the Faculty of Graduate Studies policies.

Applicants are further encouraged to consult the University’s COVID-19 community information website for regular updates, as well as federal and provincial guidelines.

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LA&PS Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline: November 22, 2021, by 4 p.m.

Value: Fellowships are effective from July 1, 2022, with an annual salary of $50,000 per year, paid monthly. Appointments will be for one year, and may be renewed for an additional year.

Eligibility: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDFs) will support promising Canadian or International new scholars in the humanities, social sciences and professional studies. LA&PS especially welcomes applications for research projects that aim to foster new collaborations with the York LA&PS community. Topics may be Canadian or international in scope. Applicants must indicate a full-time LA&PS faculty member who will act as supervisor, and projects should be closely aligned with the current research of that person, who will need to provide a letter of support. Proposals should also align with the York University Academic Plan.

Eligible applicants should have completed a PhD in a relevant field from a recognized postsecondary institution no earlier than January 1, 2018. If applicants experienced career interruptions due to maternity, parental, medical, bereavement leaves, their window of eligibility will be credited with twice the amount of time taken (see CV – “Special Circumstances”). Applicants who currently hold a postdoctoral fellowship must explain in the proposal how the proposed LA&PS PDF is distinct from any previous postdoctoral appointment(s).

PhD Candidates may only apply if a dissertation defense date prior to the start of the Fellowship has been confirmed. Awards to PhD Candidates are contingent on the completion of the doctoral degree. If a successful PhD Candidate applicant fails to complete the PhD before the start date of the Fellowship, the Fellowship offer will be rescinded.

Successful applicants must be eligible to work in Canada.


Only Full-Time, Tenured or Tenure Track York University Faculty Association (YUFA) Faculty Members associated with LA&PS are eligible to be Supervisors for LA&PS PDFs. 

A LA&PS faculty member may act as Supervisor for only one (1) submission to the competition per application cycle. 

Note: A total of four (4) Fellowships will be awarded in this call for submissions. No more than one (1) Fellowship will be awarded to an applicant who received their PhD from York University.

2021-2022 Special Initiative - Championing Emerging Black Scholars: In recognition of the lack of research development opportunities for emerging Black scholars, the 2021-22 competition will give priority for one Fellowship to qualified applicants who self-identify as a Black person of African Descent (for example, Africans and African heritage people from the Caribbean, Americas, Europe).

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LA&PS Graduate Entrance Awards for Black and Indigenous Students

The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS) wishes to recognize the historic under-representation of Black and Indigenous students in LA&PS graduate programs by creating a new entrance award of $5000 per student. We particularly wish to encourage applications to study in programs that have not traditionally seen participation from Black or Indigenous students. 

A limited number of these awards will be available on a first-come basis for both MA and PhD students beginning in Fall 2022. 

At the time of application an applicant must: 

  • Self-Identify as a Black* and/or Indigenous** person (either in their statement or in other written communication to the program). 
  • Be a domestic or international graduate student (MA or PhD). 
  • Receive an initial offer of admission to a full-time LA&PS graduate degree program (commencing September following the current competition). 

Applicants must also demonstrate the following:

  • Academic merit – they have achieved at least A- (or equivalent) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent); or if the student has competed two years of graduate studies at the time of application, the student must only demonstrate an overall average of at least A- (or equivalent) on all graduate courses completed. 
  • However, programs may put forward candidates who have not demonstrated that average provided they can show significant community experience or traditional knowledge.  

Graduate Programs are asked to indicate to the AD Graduate which of their applicants qualify and that they wish to put forward for this award, including a brief rationale. These awards are held on top of normal funding packages and any York Graduate Scholarships that may be provided.

​​Note: Recipients must maintain full-time registration throughout the academic year immediately following the current competition. 

* Applicants who self-identify as a Black person of African Descent (for example, Africans and African heritage people from the Caribbean, Americas, Europe). 
** Consult with Indigenous Council on the (need for) a definition. 

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