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 fgssaa@yorku.ca to request an online application.

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.

Funding

All internal and external scholarship and award competitions are proceeding as planned. Visit gradstudies.yorku.ca/current-students/student-finances/funding-awards/ for more detailed information about scholarships and awards.

Government Support

The following resources are available to eligible recipients:

  • Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
    Provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19, or are not earning over $1000, and who are not eligible for either the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI). The benefit will provide $1,250 (or $2,000 if you have dependants or a disability) for each four-week period from May to August 2020. The CESB is available from May 10 until August 29, 2020. Applications are open from May 15 until September 30, 2020.
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
    Explore your eligibility for this temporary income support, which provides $500/week for up to 16 weeks.
  • 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.

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On April 22, 2020, the Government of Canada announced nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates. This plan will help provide students with financial support during the summer, and help them continue their studies in the fall, and help many get the experience they need to start their careers. These measures include launching:

  • The proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which would provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020.
  • The new Canada Student Service Grant, which will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic. For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall.

The Government of Canada will expand existing federal employment, skills development, and youth programming to create up to 116,000 jobs, placements, and other training opportunities to help students find employment and develop valuable skills this summer and over the coming months. In addition, to help students continue their studies in the fall, the government will:

  • double the Canada Student Grants for all eligible full-time students to up to $6,000 and up to $3,600 for part-time students in 2020-21. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependents would also be doubled.
  • broaden eligibility for student financial assistance by removing the expected student’s and spouse’s contributions in 2020-21, in recognition that many students and families will struggle to save for school this year.
  • enhance the Canada Student Loans Program by raising the maximum weekly amount that can be provided to a student in 2020-21 from $210 to $350.
  • increase existing distinctions-based support for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education by providing an additional $75.2 million in 2020-21.
  • extend expiring federal graduate research scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, and supplement existing federal research grants, to support students and post-doctoral fellows, by providing $291.6 million to the federal granting councils. In addition, the government intends to enhance work opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows through the National Research Council of Canada.

For more information on these initiatives, go to: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/22/support-students-and-new-grads-affected-covid-19.

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: https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/Guides-Guides/TriRTA-TriBFR_eng.asp
  • 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

Travel Disruption Bursary

The York University Emergency Travel Disruption Bursary aims to assist registered undergraduate and graduate York University students (domestic and international) who are currently on international study programs (e.g. exchanges, coops, placements) at a partner university with unanticipated financial hardship during the period from March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020. It also aims to assist international students with international travel-related expenses due to COVID-19. For more information, go to  https://sfs.yorku.ca/emergency-bursaries

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.