Financial Resources

Funding FAQs for International Students

To see a list of Frequently Asked Questions for currently enrolled domestic and international students who are temporarily outside of Canada, go here.

FGS Emergency Bursary

The FGS Emergency Bursary is a bursary for York University graduate students to provide emergency assistance for rent, food and utilities.

Eligibility: Applicants must be current registered graduate students with York University

Applying: Contact FGS to request an online application:

  • Donna Hewison ( for
    • Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
    • Osgoode Hall Law School
    • Faculty of Science
  • Nisa Lawson ( for
    • Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
    • Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change
    • Glendon
    • Faculty of Health
    • Lassonde School of Engineering
    • Schulich School of Business

Receiving the bursary: The funds are posted to the student account, and refunded to the linked student bank account. Please ensure you have EFT set up to make the transfer faster. Visit the Requesting a Refund site to set up EFT between a student account and a bank account.

Is a Student Financial Profile required? A completed Student Financial Profile is not required.


All internal and external scholarship and award competitions are proceeding as planned. Visit for more detailed information about scholarships and awards.

Government Support

The following resources are available to eligible recipients:

  • Canada Recovery Benefits 
    Explore your eligibility for this temporary income support.
  • Employment Insurance (EI)
    Investigate your eligibility through the Government of Canada website.
  • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
    Particularly important for those with OSAP loans and who may be graduating, from March 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020, the Ontario Government will not require loan repayment. Interest will not accrue on your student loans.
  • Canada Child Benefit (CCB)
    Eligible recipients will receive $300 more per child with their regular May CCB payment. If you have previously applied for the CCB, you do not need to re-apply.


Internal/External Scholarships and Awards

External Scholarships

  • Current Tri-Agency award holders seeking an interruption of their award should review the Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder’s Guide:
  • For eligible students and postdoctoral researchers whose research scholarship or fellowship ends between March and August 2020, support will be extended for an additional four months and fully funded. Eligible award holders will be contacted by the Tri-agency to initiate the extension process. For conditions and other details, please go here.
COVID-19 exceptions to Tri-agency post-award regulations for trainees (Updated May 4, 2020)
Note: Extension of Tri-Agency Scholarships and Fellowships (CGS M, CGS D, Agency-Specific Doctoral Awards, PDF, Vanier CGS and Banting PDF) – Updated May 29, 2020:
OGS and QEII-GSST Leave of Absence (Updated May 29, 2020)

As a temporary measure, students who are ill, self-isolating, quarantined, or caring for an immediate family member (including spouse, parent, or dependents) as a result of circumstances due to COVID19 can be granted a leave of absence not to exceed 18 consecutive months. Leave of absences due to mental health issues resulting from these circumstances should also be considered eligible. This leave of absence is not to be combined with the other 18-month leaves included in the OGS/QEII-GSST Guidelines.

This temporary measure will be applicable for OGS and QEII-GSST awarded for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, and for the 2020-21 academic year.

Internal Awards

Internal award competitions are proceeding as planned: York Internal Awards

Research Cost Fund, Fieldwork Cost Fund, Graduate Development Fund

Research Cost Fund / Fieldwork Cost Fund

If you have received a notice of award for Research Cost Fund and Fieldwork Cost Fund:

It is recognized that research activities related to current and past Research Cost Fund and Fieldwork Cost Fund applications as awarded may be affected by COVID 19 related restrictions.

Once awarded, students have a two-year period in which to submit expense claims related to their application. Based on current restrictions, expense claim time limits are being extended for a minimum of four months. If further extension is required, requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

If applicable, costs related to the cancellation or postponement of planned research activities as described in your Research Cost Fund/Fieldwork Cost Fund application may be eligible for consideration as approved expenses. Please note, receipts and/or other supporting documentation will be required.

Graduate Development Fund

If applicable, cost of cancellation of planned transportation or cost associated with new event format may be eligible for consideration as approved expenses. Please note, in order to receive reimbursement for travel cancellation costs and/or other expenses related to continuation of the event, receipts and/or other supporting documentation will be required.