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.

2022-2023 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.

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 2022-2023 academic year, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Funding Model site.

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.

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.

Academic Excellence Fund

The Academic Excellence 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.