Financial Support

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Graduate 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. Please visit the FGS Funding and Awards web page for more information.


The Faculty of Graduate Studies and the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design  organize several bursaries for graduate students throughout the academic year. You will receive information via email detailing how to apply as they come up. Students should also check the Student Financial Services website and the Faculty of Graduate Studies website periodically for additional resources.

Travel Funding

If you are presenting at a conference, an artist’s talk or attending an exhibition opening at a recognized institution, you can apply to the FGS Graduate Development Fund for travel funding (not expenses — only travel). You may apply each term (early Fall and early Spring) for travel funding: a $300 maximum for a flight in North America and a $500 maximum for a flight overseas with normally a maximum of $500 per year. The grant may only cover mileage if the trip is within a reasonable driving distance. Details of deadline dates when available, may be found on the FGS’ homepage.

Research Funding

The Research Cost Fund helps subsidize students’ own research expenses that are above and beyond those costs that are typically associated with graduate work, such as travel to sources of research, payment of materials, supplies, services, photocopying, etc. The Fund generally does not cover books, conference costs, subsistence and tuition fees. All full-time registered graduate students who are members (past and present) of CUPE are eligible for a grant. Masters students should note that Doctoral – 19 – students take priority. Funding is awarded early Spring and early Fall. Application forms are available for printing on the FGS website from mid-August through September and from mid-January to February.

OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarship)

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship award is for students attending graduate programs at Ontario universities. The minimum grade for applying is an overall average of “A-/80%” in your previous two years of university (undergraduate or graduate). The deadline is in October. More information will be sent by the GPA. For more information visit the Ontario government's OSAP web page.

SSHRC/CGS (Canadian Graduate Scholarship) for Masters Students

The CGS Masters program offers non-renewable twelve-month awards, valued at $17,500, and tenable at recognized Canadian universities, to students who intend to pursue full-time studies at the master’s level in a discipline supported by SSHRC. Calls for application will be given before October by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. You will be notified by the Graduate Program office for this timeline. Some eligibility requirements do apply. Please visit the Government of Canada's SSHRC web page for more information.