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.

2019-2020 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, domestic sociology 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, plus a $1000 health care bursary.  Current full-time, domestic sociology PhD students who are receiving funding support from York are receiving a funding package of approximately $23,891 in their first year.

Funding availability for international graduate students is limited.  Current full-time international sociology master's student who are receiving funding support from York are receiving a funding package of approximately $19,256 in their first year, met primarily through a fellowship, plus a $1000 health care bursary.  Current full-time international sociology PhD students who are receiving funding support from York are receiving a funding package of approximately $35,684 in their first year.

Funding is contingent on continuous registration as a full–time student, continued satisfactory academic progress as determined by Faculty of Graduate Studies Regulations and Program Requirements, and fulfillment of any funding-related employment obligations.

For more information on the funding packages available to students for the 2019-2020 academic year, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Funding Model site.   Please note that funding packages for the 2020-2021 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.  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.

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 Graduate Studies Awards website.

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

External Awards

DOCTORAL AWARDS

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) - doctoral

The 2020-2021 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 through ResearchNet no later than October 11, 2019.

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.

Note that students must submit the names and email addresses of their referees on their application, after which your referee will be sent an invitation to submit their letter online.  Your references must be submitted as part of your complete application (you will not be able to submit your application without these), so be sure to follow up with your referees regularly.  We recommend that you ask your referees to submit their letters a few days before your submission deadline to ensure that you have a completed application by the October 11 deadline. Failure to have your letters uploaded by the deadline will result in you being unable to submit your application to CIHR.

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 2020-2021 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 online no later than October 11, 2019.

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.

Note that students must submit the names and email addresses of their referees on their application, after which your referee will be sent an invitation to submit their letter online.  Your references must be submitted as part of your complete application (you will not be able to submit your application without these), so be sure to follow up with your referees regularly.  We recommend that you ask your referees to submit their letters a few days before your submission deadline to ensure that you have a completed application by the October 11 deadline. Failure to have your letters uploaded by the deadline will result in you being unable to submit your application to CIHR.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) - doctoral

The 2020-2021 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/

Complete applications must be submitted no later than October 11, 2019

For students who are also applying to the CIHR and SSHRC doctoral competitions please submit only the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and Tri-Council Scholarship Information Form which can be filled out and submitted online.  Check off that you'd like to be considered for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Your supporting documentation for the CIHR and SSHRC competitions will be used for the OGS competition.

For students not applying to the CIHR or SSHRC doctoral competitions, please:

(i) Fill out the OGS application form
(ii) Scan the completed OGS application and all transcripts into one complete and merged document
(iii) Fill out the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and Tri-Council Scholarship Information Form and upload at the bottom of this form, your OGS application/transcripts as one complete pdf file
(iv) Applicants should provide their referees to the link containing the OGS reference assessment form. Your referees should send their letters to the Graduate Program Office, 2075 Vari Hall.

For students who are applying to us from an institution and/or program external to York University's Graduate Program in Sociology, please follow the same OGS process as those who are not applying to the CIHR or SSHRC doctoral competitions.

MASTERS AWARDS

Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS)/Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) - 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, 2019 (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.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) - masters

The 2020-2021 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/

Completed applications must be submitted by December 2, 2019.

For students who are also applying to the CGS/CIHR masters competition, please submit only the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and Tri-Council Scholarship Information Form which can be filled out and submitted online.  Check off that you'd like to be considered for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Your supporting documentation for the CGS/CIHR competitions will be used for the OGS competition.

For students not applying to the CGS/CIHR masters competition, please:

(i) Fill out the OGS application form
(ii) Scan the completed OGS application and all transcripts into one complete and merged document
(iii) Fill out the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and Tri-Council Scholarship Information Form and upload at the bottom of this form, your OGS application/transcripts as one complete pdf file
(iv) Applicants should provide their referees to the link containing the OGS reference assessment form. Your referees should send their letters to the Graduate Program Office, 2075 Vari Hall.

For students who are applying to us from an institution and/or program external to York University's Graduate Program in Sociology, please follow the same OGS process as those who are not applying to the CGS/CIHR masters competition.

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.