Graduate Fellowship for Academic Distinction (GFAD)

Overview

Graduate Fellowships for Academic Distinction are scholarships awarded to incoming doctoral or master’s students with high potential for future leadership in international affairs; environmental protection; fine arts; and/or, political economy.

The fellowships have been supported by a generous endowment from the Sylff program, established by the Nippon Foundation and administered through the Tokyo Foundation. The goal of the Sylff Program is to nurture future leaders who will transcend geopolitical, religious, ethnic, and cultural boundaries in the world community for the peace and the well-being of humankind.

Value and Duration

  • Master's Scholarship: $7,000
    York Graduate Fellowship: $10,000
  • Doctoral Scholarship: $15,000
    York Graduate Fellowship: $10,000
  • Up to 2 awards for Master's students and 2 awards to doctoral students
  • Up to 2 years of funding is available for Master’s students who are in a program which has an advertised length of 2 years. Up to 3 years of funding is available for doctoral students
  • Renewable

Eligibility

  • Master's and doctoral
  • both Domestic and VISA students are eligible for this award
  • Selection criteria includes:
    • High potential for future leadership in international Affairs; environmental protection; fine arts; and/or, political economy
    • Academic accomplishments
    • Leadership potential
    • Experience in international affairs
    • Research topic that seeks to address social problems or needs

Graduate Program Responsibility

  • Graduate programs are encouraged to pro-actively contact applicants who are eligible for the award. Applicants to graduate programs at York may self-identify
    • Students cannot apply directly to FGS. They must be nominated by their Graduate Program
  • Nominate a maximum of two files per level to FGS in rank order

Documentation

  • CV
  • Research statement (one page)
  • Statement of strengths and weaknesses vis-à-vis leadership potential
  • List of experience(s) indicating potential future leadership in international affairs
  • Transcripts (supplied by graduate program from Admissions file)
  • Three academic letters of recommendation (supplied by graduate program from Admissions file)
    If the Admissions file contains only two letters of recommendation please indicate within the letter of nomination from the Program, and,
  • Letter of nomination (supplied by graduate program director)

Deadlines

How to Apply

  • Students must be nominated by their graduate program

Contact

  • Scholarship Coordinator
    230 York Lanes
    Office of the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
    (416) 736-2100 ext. 33954
    fgssac@yorku.ca
  • Research Officer
    230 York Lanes
    Office of the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
    (416) 736-2100 ext. 44168
    fgsro@yorku.ca