Financial Support

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Various forms of financial assistance are available to incoming graduate students.  York University and external agencies offer numerous fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, awards, prizes, and grants.

Tuition and Fees

Please visit the Student Financial Services website for information on tuition and fees.

2016-2017 Funding Packages

Funding to help meet the financial needs of graduate students is comprised of one or more of the following internal and external funding sources:  fellowships, teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, scholarships and awards, and research assistantships.

Current full-time master's students who are receiving funding support from York, are receiving a funding package of approximately $10,000 in their first year, met primarily through a fellowship.  Current full-time PhD students who are receiving funding support from York are receiving a funding package of approximately $22,500 in their first year.

Funding availability for international graduate students is limited.  Current full-time international master's student who are receiving funding support from York are receiving a funding package of approximately $19,000 in their first year, met primarily through a fellowship.  Current full-time international PhD students who are receiving funding support from York are receiving a funding package of approximately $33,500 in their first year.

Funding is contingent on continuous registration as a full-time student, continued satisfactory academic performance, and fulfillment of any funding-related employment obligations.

For more information on the funding packages available to students for the 2016-2017 academic year, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Funding Model site.   Please note that funding packages for the 2017-2018 academic year have not yet been announced.

Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships

A stipend may be paid to a full-time degree candidate who teaches in one of the York Faculties or colleges. Normally, such teaching will consist of tutorial or seminar work in a timetabled course in which the lectures are given by a full-time member of Faculty, this teaching being considered equal, when preparation is counted, to no more than ten hours of work per week.  During the 2016-2017 academic year, full year Unit 1 Teaching Assistants will earn $11,218.00 in wages plus $3,705.00 grant-in-aid for a total of $14,923.00 for the time period September 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017. Full-time students in sociology are eligible for Unit 1Teaching Assistantships, while part-time students are eligible for Unit 2 Teaching Assistantships.

Graduate Assistantships

A stipend may be paid to a full-time degree candidate for various types of activity. The duties of a graduate assistant may include participation in a practicum, as an apprentice in a laboratory or applied setting, library work for the department or for a research group (normally in cases where it is possible for students to make small but constructive contributions to group research projects), administrative, clerical and research work. Formal arrangements for work in this category are made with the program director after admission. It should be noted that neither a Master’s nor a Doctoral candidate is permitted, while registered as a full-time student, to accept more than ten hours of paid work per week through the University. Graduate assistants are members of the CUPE 3903 - Unit 3 bargaining unit.   During the 2016-2017 academic year, full year Graduate Assistants will be paid $6,933.00 in wages plus $3,638.00 grant-in-aid for a total of $10,571.00 for the time period September 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017.

Research Assistantships

A stipend may be paid to a full-time degree candidate for research or academic activities relevant and related to the student’s field(s) of study within the academic program. Formal arrangements are made with the program director after admission. Research assistants are not part of the CUPE 3903 - Unit 3 bargaining unit.   Research assistantship salary is negotiated between the supervisor and student.

Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships

York University offers various forms of financial assistance to its students through fellowships,  scholarships, awards, prizes and grants.  For a complete list of these financial awards, including entrance scholarships, please visit the Faculty of Graduates awards website.

Students are encouraged to check with the graduate program to ensure that they are eligible for these awards.

External Awards

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) - doctoral

The CIHR doctoral competition is now open.  The online application can be found at the following site:

http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/193.html

Complete applications must be submitted online no later than September 29, 2016.

For those who are not aware, CIHR is Canada's federal funding agency for health research. Under their mandate, many health-related proposals should be adjudicated through them and NOT through SSHRC. Please see their website for further information on this.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Program in Sociology at (416) 736-5013.

 

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) - doctoral and masters

The 2017-2018 OGS scholarship competition is now open.  The application can be found at the following site:

http://gradstudies.yorku.ca/current-students/student-finances/funding-awards/ogs/

Please note that there are three different deadlines.  Deadlines are dependent on whether or not you're also applying for a Tri-Council award, as well as your program level.

Deadline:  September 29, 2016

For students who are also applying to the CIHR doctoral competition, please submit Part A only of the OGS application to:  Audrey Tokiwa, Graduate Program in Sociology, 2075 Vari Hall, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3.

For students not applying to the CIHR doctoral competition but whose research falls under the CIHR mandate, please submit Part A AND Part B of the OGS application to:  Audrey Tokiwa, Graduate Program in Sociology, 2075 Vari Hall, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3.

Deadline:  October 26, 2016

For students who are also applying to the SSHRC doctoral competition, please submit Part A only of the OGS application to:  Audrey Tokiwa, Graduate Program in Sociology, 2075 Vari Hall, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3.

For students not applying to the SSHRC doctoral competition but whose research falls under the SSHRC mandate, please submit Part A AND Part B of the OGS application to Audrey Tokiwa, Graduate Program in Sociology, 2075 Vari Hall, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3.

Deadline:  December 1, 2016

For students who're also applying the Masters Canada Graduate Scholarship/CIHR competitions, please submit Part A only of the OGS application to:  Audrey Tokiwa, Graduate Program in Sociology, 2075 Vari Hall, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3.

For students not applying to the Masters Canada Graduate Scholarship/CIHR competitions, please submit Part A AND Part B of the OGS application to:  Audrey Tokiwa, Graduate Program in Sociology, 2075 Vari Hall, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3.

Please follow the above deadlines as no application materials can be accepted after these dates.  All required documentation, including transcripts and reference letters, must be included with your application.

Please visit the website above for further details on this scholarship, including eligibility and procedures for filling out the application.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Program in Sociology at (416) 736-5013.

 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) - doctoral

The 2017-2018 SSHRC doctoral competition is now open.  The application can be found at the following site:

http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

Complete applications must be submitted to the Graduate Program in Sociology no later than October 26, 2016.  Submit the application and all supporting documents to:  Audrey Tokiwa, Graduate Program in Sociology, 2075 Vari Hall, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3.

Applicants whose proposed research is health-related should consult CIHR's mandate first to explore eligibility.  CIHR has policies and procedures in place to adjudicate the full range of social science and humanities research proposals related to health research.  Research eligible under the mandate of CIHR will not be considered by SSHRC.  Please see SSHRC's website for further information.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Program in Sociology at (416) 736-5013.

 

Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS)/Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHS) - masters

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for either a Canada Graduate Scholarship (master's) award, or a Canadian Institute of Health Research Graduate Scholarship (master's) award.  Application forms are now available online at:

http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca

The application and all supporting documents for both competitions are due online no later than December 1, 2016 (applicants may apply to only one competition).  All required documentation, including transcripts and reference letters, must be uploaded by the above date in order to be eligible to compete in these competitions.

Please refer to the website above for further details on these scholarships.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Program in Sociology at (416) 736-5013.

Research Funds

Faculty of Graduate Studies offers a number of funding opportunities for students who require financial assistance for costs directly connected to their research.

Graduate Development Fund

The Graduate Development Fund subsidizes students' travel costs to events for presentation of their scholarly or creative work.  This fund, available to all registered York graduate students, may provide funds for (i) transportation costs necessary for the student to present their scholarly or creative work at recognized events; (ii) transportation expenses incurred for travel to/from an event taking place within seven months prior to the application deadline or six months after the application deadline.

Research Cost Fund

The Research Cost Fund assists students with costs directly connected to their own research.  This fund, available to full-time students who are or have been members of CUPE 3903 within their current program of study, may provide assistance for (i) student travel and/or accommodation necessary for research; (ii) incentive payments or token gifts to research participants; (iii) materials, supplies, photocopying and other services essential to the research; (iv) disability accommodation costs for participants.

Fieldwork Cost Fund

The Fieldwork Cost Fund assists students with research costs directly connected with research costs carried out "in the field" by registered, full-time York graduate students.  This fund may provide assistance with (i) student travel and/or accommodation necessary for research; (ii) incentive payments or token gifts to research participants; (iii) materials, supplies, photocopying and other services essential to the research; (iv) disability accommodation costs for participants.

Part–time Status

Part-time students are ineligible for some Teaching Assistantships and Graduate and Research Assistantships and Scholarships; but otherwise there are no restrictions on the amount and sources of income.