Funding and Awards


Competitive Funding to Support Your Research

At York, all qualified graduate students receive a guaranteed funding package for the duration of their program with their offer of admission. Funding and training opportunities come in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, graduate assistantships and York Graduate Scholarships.

Internal Scholarships and Awards

York offers a range of awards for students, with more than $10 million in internal recruitment scholarships alone, including:

  • the Elia Scholars Program, York University’s most prestigious graduate award for incoming domestic or international doctoral students ($40,000)
  • Graduate Fellowships for Academic Distinction, scholarships awarded to incoming doctoral or master’s students with high potential for future leadership in international affairs. Fellowships include a scholarship (PhD: $15,000; Master’s: $7,000), a research assistantship ($7,000) and all tuition fees ($5,500)
  • Chancellor Bennett Master’s and Doctoral Scholarships, supporting exceptional doctoral or master’s students entering a full-time program in the Liberal Arts ($20,000). At the doctoral level, the award is renewable for a maximum of four years

For more information, please visit Current Students - Funding and Awards.

Financial Assistance

Full-time students are eligible for further financial assistance:

  • Bursaries
  • Fieldwork Cost Fund
  • Graduate Development Fund
  • Research Cost Fund
  • Minimum-Guarantee Assignment
  • External Awards and Scholarships

You are also encouraged to apply for external awards, including support from the Government of Canada, national foundations and the Province of Ontario. York graduate students have a high success rate in attracting these scholarships: for example, 10 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships went to York grad students in the past two years, each worth $50,000 and renewable for up to three years.

For more information, please visit Current Students - Funding and Awards.

Award Application Support

Need help with applications for external agencies? We’re here to assist you with information sessions and workshops throughout the year:

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

For more information, please visit Current Students - Funding and Awards.

Also, please visit, the Canadian government’s website on financial aid and other scholarships.