For information on research at York, go to Research & Innovation.

Reopening Labs

The University has begun careful planning to re-open access to critical research labs, studios and equipment, as well as some field research, in ways that will adhere to rigorous public health regulations ( Every effort will be made to prioritize early access starting in June for graduate students who are facing potential delay to a planned 2020-21 graduation date as a direct result of loss of access to these facilities, where student learning outcomes cannot be achieved by alternate means. Our goal is to enable students who have lost irreplaceable time in the lab, the studio, or the field to remediate and, wherever possible, to graduate on their planned timeline. Please note that all university plans are subject to change based on government health agency directives in this consistently evolving pandemic.

Research Ethics

Graduate Students must submit all required documentation to their Graduate Program Assistant by email. Signatures from supervisory committee members must be collected over email, either through a digital signature on the PDF form or an accompanying email attachment stating “I have read and approved this submission.”

Further information including relevant forms can be found at:

Please note that, subsequent to obtaining ethics approval, prior to commencing any research activities, researchers are advised to review the latest updates on research involving human participants at:

Note: Graduate Students are asked to inform the Faculty of Graduate Studies of any delay or hiatus in research by email to Required information includes the following: name, student number, graduate program, research ethics certificate number, research stop date, and the expected start date for research to resume. For more information on research ethics submissions, please visit the Office of Research Ethics’ Frequently Asked Questions page at:

Further information can be found at:


The Library has numerous online resources to continue to support academic progression in a remote setting. While the physical library remains closed, e-books, journals, and other resources can still be accessed online. York libraries will not collect late fees for overdue books during the closure. For additional information about Library Services and Operations please go to the library website.

Disrupted Research

We acknowledge that for some students remediation will require a one-term extension to your degree programs. These one-term extensions will be on part-time status, free of charge, bearing no tuition or fees. To be eligible a student's supervisor and Graduate Program Director must confirm that your program completion in 2020-21 is unavoidably delayed because your approved research project mandated in-person data collection/production, access to lab/studio space and related equipment, or travel,  for which virtual access through electronic means could not provide an alternative.  Application should occur at the beginning of what would regularly be the final term of your degree, using the FGS Academic Petition Form with appropriate documentation: Instructions and additional information will be communicated to you directly.  They will also be provided on the FGS petitions website and the FGS COVID-19 website.

The Emergency Travel Disruption Bursary will help to provide up to $1,500 in immediate short-term relief for unexpected costs related to emergency housing, rent, food and other costs due to COVID-19. For more information, go to

For financial assistance during a COVID-specific extension, students may apply to their Faculties for consideration for a MITACS Training Award, Research Assistantship, or other forms of research funding.  The FGS Emergency Bursary Fund also continues to accept applications, and this summer, some students will qualify for federal emergency student benefits:

Students who have been approved for a COVID-specific extension and who have no alternative funding source may apply to their Faculties for a special extension bursary of up to $1,000/month, for up to 4 months. Further information about the application process will be conveyed by your home Faculty Dean’s Office and graduate programs shortly.