Provost Dissertation Scholarship


The Provost Dissertation Scholarship is awarded to encourage and assist outstanding students in the fifth year of doctoral study to concentrate exclusively on the completion of their dissertations.  At the time of application, student must be in fourth year of Ph.D.


  • Upto $22,500
  • $1,000 accountable research grant
  • $1,000 additional stipend payable upon successful defense within 12 months of commencement of award (within 6 weeks of completion of the award, upon submission of the final three copies of the dissertation and all revisions)

Students will also receive York Graduate Fellowship in the amount of the student's domestic or international tuition (as applicable) and ancillary fees (excluding student referenda and registration fees). International students will no longer receive the International Tuition Fees Scholarship. Disbursements of the fellowship will be made per term in accordance to the charging of the tuition and ancillary fees.


  • Full-time Doctoral student in the 2nd term of Ph.D. 4
  • Must have an A average
  • Must have completed all required course work and all program requirements except the dissertation
  • Have a dissertation proposal approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Nominees must be in a position to complete all degree requirements within twelve months of the commencement of the award (if a recipient’s dissertation is not successfully defended by that time, he/she will not be permitted subsequently to register full-time)
  • Recipients of the Scholarship may not hold any York University support in the form of student assistantships or equivalent and may not hold any other major scholarship (e.g. equivalent in value to an OGS award)

Graduate Program Responsibility

Students may contact graduate programs to express interest by March 1.  Candidates will be nominated by their Graduate Program. Graduate Programs will normally be permitted to nominate one student.  If two students are nominated, then the program is required to submit a formal ranking of the nominees and a rationale for the ranking.


Each nomination must include:

  • A statement from the student outlining their research and plans for completion of the dissertation within the year and agreeing to the terms of the Scholarship
  • Letter of nomination from the Graduate Program Director indicating how the nominee meets the criteria, including when the Program expects completion of the dissertation during the term of the Scholarship
  • Two letters of references-
    • A letter from the supervisor commenting on the nominee’s progress on the dissertation to date, and the plan for completion during the term of the Scholarship
    • A letter of reference from one other faculty member
  • Unofficial York transcript
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Copy of nominee’s FGS approved thesis proposal form


Programs to submit nominations to Scholarship and Awards Coordinator at by March 30.

How to Apply

Candidates will be nominated by their Graduate Program. Graduate Programs will normally be permitted to nominate one, and in no case more than two students each year.  Students may directly contact their graduate program to express their interest to be nominated.

Recipients will be announced in June.


Students to contact individual Graduate Program office to express interest.

For other queries:

  • Scholarship and Awards Coordinator
    230 York Lanes
    Office of the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies