York's researchers have played key roles in many of the most important scholarship and discoveries of the past half century.
Our many accomplished scholars include Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, Killam Prize researchers, President's Research Excellence Award recipients, Humboldt Fellows, Fulbright Scholars, Steacie Medalists, Molson Prize winners, 3M winners, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medalists, Trudeau Fellows, Early Career Researcher Award recipients, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Impact Award winners, Governor General Award winners, Canada Research Chairs and York Research Chairs, as well as Distinguished Research Professors. York researchers and scholars are undertaking outstanding visionary research that has local, national and international significance. The work of our scholars enriches the teaching, research and overall learning environment for our students – our brightest minds and our next generation of leaders and thinkers.
York University celebrates its faculty, students and post-doctoral fellows who have earned honours and achievements for research and creative excellence at its annual York U Research Leaders event, hosted by the President’s Office and the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation.
York's Strategic Research Plan, Building on Strength, 2013-2018 provides a vision for accelerating the growth and development of research, scholarship and activity. The plan highlights York's comprehensive research strengths and areas of opportunity for the strategic development of research.
Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows
Students and post-doctoral fellows are integral to York University's research success. They are involved in a variety of research projects across York's Faculties and Departments.
Research experience could introduce you to the passion of a lifetime while providing a unique experience to add to your resume or CV. Undergraduate and graduate students can access research opportunities through their Departments and Faculties and through York's 26 Organized Research Units.
If you're a postdoctoral fellow conducting research, get involved by connecting with other researchers through Organized Research Units on campus, and by seeking the research services and support available to postdocs through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. For more details, visit the postdoctoral pages of the Faculty of Graduate Studies website, where you'll find information about research funding opportunities, professional development resources, and research-related events for postdocs.
With one of the largest and finest cohorts of graduate students in the country, York’s Faculty of Graduate Studies has the resources and ambition to provide the strong administrative and financial support that is necessary to facilitate a first-rate student experience.
York offers academic excellence, diversity and social relevance with 50+ full- and part-time graduate degree programs, specialized graduate diploma programs, innovative joint programs, and a number of dual-degree programs. Exceptional programs in humanities, social sciences, business, science, fine arts, health and the environment help facilitate lifelong achievements and partnerships. If you're a graduate student with research-related questions, contact your supervisor, graduate program director or the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Learn more about graduate student research.
If you're an undergraduate student, talk to your academic advisor and professors about their current research and how it relates to your interests. Visit their websites and faculty profiles to see whether they’re involved with any of York’s research centres and institutes. Ask if they have any suggestions about where and how you might get involved. They may be able to provide introductions to people researching areas of interest to you.
Funding opportunities, internships, and scholarships for student research are available from a number of external organizations. Visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ website for a list of internal and external award programs.
Undergraduate students may participate in the Research at York (RAY) program, which gives eligible undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in research projects with faculty members and/or fellow students, while receiving compensation at a competitive rate .
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition is intended to attract top-tier postdoctoral applicants—who are recent PhDs from other national and international institutions—as postdoctoral researchers. The program is unique in its emphasis on the “synergy” between the applicant and the host institution—that is, the close and unique alignment of the supervisor’s research, the applicant’s research, and the institution’s strategic priorities. This “synergy” should therefore guide both the prospective supervisor’s choice of candidate and the nomination package’s points of emphasis.
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering, and health. In an effort to support students in broadening their research horizons and seeking new challenges, the Vanier CGS program strongly encourages candidates to pursue their studies beyond the university that granted their undergraduate and graduate degrees.
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Tell Us About Your Success
Have you published a paper in a peer-reviewed publication within the last six months? Do you have a forthcoming paper? Fill out the form on our Research Forecast Tool.
The Research Forecast is compiled by the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation to assist York Communications in identifying upcoming research stories by York researchers and/or York students that may interest the wider public and could be profiled in external media and/or Yfile.
We invite researchers and others to submit items to the Research Forecast:
- When you have advance information about a significant finding, publication, exhibit, event or other product of research that will be made public in the coming weeks or months; or
- You know of a research project that should interest the wider public even though it is still in progress with no findings or products available yet.
Access the Research Forecast Form to to submit your story for consideration.