Financial Information and Awards

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Please visit the links below for information on fees and financial support for graduate students.

Tuition and Fees

Academic fees are determined with reference to the formula fee schedule set by the Province of Ontario. Accordingly, any adjustments to the formula fee schedule by the Province of Ontario will result in adjustment to the University's academic fees. The University will endeavour to inform the student community immediately upon any such adjustment.

Tuition fees are paid in September for the fall term, in January for the winter term, and in May for the summer term. A registration fee of $15.00 is charged for each term.

Please remember to make your payments - no reminders will be sent. Consult the Fee section of the Student Financial Services for further information, including the fees and fee refund schedules.

York's residency requirement requires Master's students (full-time or part-time) to pay a minimum of one year full-time fees. Doctoral students (full-time or part-time) are required to pay as a minimum, the equivalent of two years' full-time fees.

Please visit the Student Financial Services website for more information on tuition and fees, including tuition fee rates.

Funding Packages

For information on the funding packages available to students for the 2021–2020 academic year, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Funding Model site.   Please note that funding packages for the 2022–2023 academic year have not yet been announced.


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 Graduates awards website.

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

Program Awards

Mary-Jo Nadeau Activist Scholar Award

The Mary-Jo Nadeau Activist Scholar Award (the M.J.) was established in 2021 for full-time Ph.D. students in Sociology at York University. Dr. Nadeau graduated with a Ph.D. from the York’s Graduate Program in Sociology in 2005. She was an anti-racist feminist scholar, activist, instructor, and union organizer who believed that these categories should never be separate. Dr. Nadeau was involved with anti-poverty campaigns, labour struggles in the university sector, Palestinian solidarity, and support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. She was committed to social justice in her scholarly research, the classes she taught, and the labour unions she fought for. Over her long career of activism, Mary-Jo inspired many younger activists and scholars in and around Toronto. This award will support emerging activist scholars who integrate anti-racism, feminist inquiry, and solidarity with local and global struggles for social justice into their own research.

The M.J. is awarded annually to a full-time Ph.D. student enrolled in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. The value of the award is $1000, and a student can hold the award only once. The M.J. supports a Ph.D. student whose dissertation research reflects the principles of activist scholarship developed by Dr. Nadeau, including, most importantly, a commitment to anti-racism and feminist inquiry and solidarity with local and global struggles for social justice.

Applications are assessed by the Graduate Program in Sociology Research Awards and Appeals Committee.

Graduate Sociology Distinguished Dissertation Award

The Graduate Program in Sociology Distinguished Dissertation Award of $1000 will be given to a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Sociology in recognition of their dissertation being nominated by the Sociology program for the annual university-wide dissertation competition.
The student must be nominated following the guidelines for Dissertation Prize nominations outlined by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

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.

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.