Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship


The Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship is awarded to encourage and assist outstanding students in their final year of doctoral study to concentrate exclusively on and complete their dissertations. It is designed to be awarded to students who have made significant progress on the research and writing of their dissertations, and who will forge ahead independently and with their supervisory committees.


  • Up to nine awards of up to $22,500
    (must be held over a minimum of 2 terms to receive full value)

    • The value and number of award(s) in any given year will depend on the rate of distribution from the endowment fund and the number of recipients selected
  • Program fees will be covered for both domestic and international students
  • $1,000 Research Allowance to support you and your research, and,
  • $1,000 Completion Bonus (within 6 weeks of completion of the award, upon submission of the dissertation, and all revisions, via the ETD system)
  • Non-renewable


  • Full-time registered York doctoral student;
  • Must be a current student;
  • Both domestic and international students are eligible;
  • Open to all graduate programs;
  • Selection criteria includes:
    • Nominees must be outstanding students (with an A average) and must be registered as a full-time student;
    • Nominees must have completed all required course work and all other program requirements except the dissertation;
    • Nominees must have a dissertation proposal approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies;
      FGS will confirm approval of dissertation proposal after submission of nomination
    • Nominees must have completed no more than 48 months (4 years) of full-time doctoral studies at York University at the start of the award, which is normally the fall term following the award adjudication. Approved disability accommodations will be taken into account;
    • Nominees must be in a position to complete all degree requirements within twelve months of the commencement of the award. If a recipient’s dissertation is not successfully defended and submitted to FGS by that time, he/she will not be permitted to register full-time in subsequent terms.
      Please be aware of any possible VISA and OSAP implications, due to switch to part-time status, if all degree requirements are not completed by the end of the award

Note: Recipients of the Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship may not hold any graduate assistantships,  teaching assistantships or course directorships. Health benefits available through GSA Health Plan.


Please note that the Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship is adjudicated with the Provost Dissertation Scholarship. The required documents, deadlines and selection criteria are the same for both awards and only one nomination is required for both.

  • Student deadline: FGS suggests that students indicate their interest in being nominated, and submit their documents, to their graduate program by  March 1.
  • Graduate program deadline: Program nominations, with complete documentation, are to be submitted to Scholarships and Awards Coordinator by March 29.

Award Period (when the award will be paid)

  • Upcoming academic year

How to Apply

  • Students must be nominated by their graduate program


  • Candidates will be nominated by their Graduate Program.
  • Graduate Programs will normally be permitted to nominate two, and in no case more than four students each year for the Provost and the Susan Mann Scholarship. If multiple students are nominated, then the program is required to submit a formal ranking of the nominees and a rationale for the ranking. Complete nomination packages (with all documents) are to be submitted in one package to FGS by the deadline date.


  • A statement from the student outlining their research and plans for completion of the dissertation within the year and agreeing to the terms of the Scholarship;
  • A letter of nomination from the Graduate Program Director indicating how the nominee meets the criteria, including when the Program expects completion of the dissertation during the term of the Scholarship;
  • A letter from the supervisor commenting on nominee’s progress on the dissertation to date, and the plan for completion during the term of the Scholarship;
  • York University Transcript (an unofficial transcript or records from student account are acceptable), and;
  • A current curriculum vitae.


  • Scholarship and Awards Coordinator
    230 York Lanes
    Office of the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
    (416) 736-2100 ext. 33954
  • Research Officer
    230 York Lanes
    Office of the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
    (416) 736-2100 ext. 44168