Funding and Awards

York offers competitive funding to all qualified graduate students and is committed to promoting excellence in research and teaching. Funding opportunities are provided through fellowships, research assistantships in the student’s field of study, teaching assistantships with relevant undergraduate programs, graduate assistantships with faculty members or research units, and/or scholarships and awards.

Graduate Funding at York: For questions about graduate funding, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.
Funding Guide: The Understanding your Student Account and Funding Package guide covers the administration and disbursement of funding in great detail. We encourage you to visit this webpage to learn more about how you receive your funds.
Please Note: Funds from scholarships, awards and bursaries are applied directly to tuition (if applicable) and other student fees owing. After tuition (if applicable) and other charges to a student’s account have been cleared, award recipients who have a credit remaining on their account will be issued a refund. Refund cheques are routinely processed in November, March, and late June.

York Graduate Funding

Graduate students in research-based degrees who maintain active registration, in full-time status, are eligible to receive funding opportunities. Sources for this funding are provided from, but not limited to, fellowships, teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, research assistantships, as well as York Graduate Scholarships for our top-ranked students.

York Financial Assistance

Full-time students are eligible to receive, or apply to, the following bursaries and support for further financial assistance.

York Internal Awards

The generosity of our alumni and of corporations, foundations, and other supporters of York University has helped to establish graduate student award and support programs valued at more than $15 million annually. Recipients of these awards, who may be incoming or continuing students, are nominated by their graduate programs and selected by a program or FGS committee. New awards are added regularly.

Provincial Scholarships

The Province of Ontario generously supports the research, leadership, and academic achievement of students from Canada and abroad pursuing graduate education in Ontario. It does so through a number of competitive and prestigious scholarship programs that are administered by Ontario universities and by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU).

Tri-Council and Other Canadian Scholarships

The Government of Canada’s research agencies and funded partners—the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Mitacs—promote innovation in research and reward academic excellence by offering a number of valuable and prestigious scholarships and awards. National foundations, created to honour the legacy of great Canadians, also offer major scholarship and fellowship programs which aim to support and enhance the research, innovation, and leadership of top emerging scholars from around the world who have chosen to pursue their graduate studies in Canada.

Other External Scholarships

The following is a list of external scholarship opportunities. Generally, students apply directly to the funding agencies.

  • John W. Davies Memorial Award (Deadline: June 30) - The competition is open to full time graduate student at a recognized University in Canada or the US State of Alaska whose research will assist in providing solutions to problems encountered in the Arctic or in cold ocean environments.
  • IODE War Memorial Scholarship (Deadline: October 1 for Letter of Intent, November 1 for Complete Application) – Awarded to Canadian doctoral students.
  • Fulbright Canada Scholarship (Deadline: November 15) - This scholarship is open to graduate students who wish to conduct research in the United States.
  • The International Council for Canadian Studies Scholarships (Deadline: November 24) – for graduate students in the thesis/dissertation stage of their program carrying out research in the field of Canadian Studies.
  • The Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships (Deadline: November 25) – This award will be granted to Canadian graduate students wishing to study at Harvard University for one academic year.
  • American Association of University Women International Fellowships (Deadline: December 1) – This award provides support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Canadian North Studies Trust (Deadlines: mostly January 31)– a list of awards offered to graduate students pursuing research related to the Canadian North.
  • J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship Trust (Deadline: March 30) – Awarded to graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian University.
  • Robert Bertram Doctoral Research Award (Deadline: May 17) - Awarded to graduate students who are pursuing research in Canadian corporate governance.

International Student Award Opportunities

Transcript Requests

Students are required to submit original, official transcripts as part of the application requirements for many scholarships, awards, and fellowships, including the Tri-Council scholarships and fellowships (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) and the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS).

Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with all application requirements and order transcripts well in advance of scholarship deadlines. To request transcripts, please visit Registrar's Office - Transcripts.

Graduate Funding - Summer 2020

This video will help you better understand how and when you'll receive your funds.

Guides for Developing Successful Grant Proposals

Applying for scholarship programs is an important activity for many graduate students, both supporting their studies financially and an opportunity to develop skills in grant writing that may serve them in their future careers. In order to write strong, supportive, and effective scholarship applications, FGS encourages all graduate students to consult the following guides: