Financial Information and Awards

Visit the links below for information on fees and financial support for graduate students.

Tuition and Fees


Fees refunds/credit calculations are based on complete withdrawal from a term, not withdrawal from individual courses. This is because fees are calculated according to a student's program and full-time or part-time enrolment status/activity level. Fees are not calculated on a per course basis.

Financial Support

Various forms of financial assistance are available to graduate students. York University and external agencies offer numerous fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, awards, prizes, and grants. Graduate students are encouraged to consult with their particular program for advice on financial matters.

External awards

Applicants to the Faculty of Graduate Studies are urged to apply for external government awards and other awards tenable at York University. Some high-profile external scholarships are listed below:The following federal granting agency provides funding to both master's and doctoral students. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

SSHRC also offers Canadian Graduate Scholarships (CGS).

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) are available for graduate studies in all disciplines. Sixty of these awards are available to visa students.

For more scholarship, bursary, and awards opportunities please check the following:

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships are a matter of formal negotiation between the University and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE local 3903) of York University. Priority of appointments is a part of this contract.All full-time students are eligible to apply for Teaching Assistantship (TA) positions, which are usually advertised in the summer. Students interested in being considered for suitable positions are required to fill out a job application form and submit it to the Chair of the Dance Department with a CV attached. TA's are not permitted to hold other on campus paying jobs. For more information consult the Unit 1 Collective Agreement of CUPE.

Graduate Assistantships

All full-time students are eligible for a Graduate Assistantship (GA). Students awarded a full GA are expected to work a maximum of 10 hours a week. These are primarily administrative or clerical positions unrelated to the student’s Program of study. These positions are part of CUPE Unit 3.

Research Assistantships

All full-time students are eligible for a Research Assistantship (RA). Students awarded a full RA are expected to work a maximum of 10 hours a week. These positions involve research or related work in the area of dance. The positions are not part of CUPE.

GSA Emergency Loan

The Graduate Students Association provides short-term interest-free loans to graduate students who encounter temporary financial difficulties. At present, the maximum amount loaned is $200 with a repayment schedule of four months. To qualify, you must be a full-time York Graduate Student in good standing in the Program. To obtain a loan, contact the GSA President or Treasurer in 325 Student Centre (736-2100 ext. 33453) during office hours or by appointment.

Graduate Development Fund

The Graduate Development Fund is administered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. This fund provides limited financial assistance to students who are presenting their scholarly or creative work at conferences or other recognized academic events. There are two competitions a year: in Spring (for events taking place from May 1st to November 30th), and Fall (for events taking place from December 1st to April 30th). Applications are printed by Programs from the FGS website for their own students. Applications must be signed by the student's supervisor or the Graduate Program Director. To claim awards, students must bring original receipts and Personal Expense Reports (obtainable from the Administrative Assistant) to the FGS Office, 283 York Lanes.

Research Costs Fund

The Research Costs 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 subjects, supplies, services, photocopying, etc. The Fund generally does not cover books, conference costs, subsistence and tuition fees. (“Generally” means that the Committee will award funds if they are convinced that the expenses are essential for the completion of the research and/or a cheaper alternative is not available.) All full-time registered graduate students who are members (past and present) of CUPE are eligible for a grant. Master’s students should note that Doctoral students take priority. Funding is awarded early Spring and early Fall. Application forms are available for printing from the FGS website or in Graduate Program Offices from mid-August through September and from mid-January to February. Deadline for application submissions are set by individual Program offices.

Fieldwork Costs Fund

This program of funding for Master’s and Doctoral students helps to defray the cost of thesis/ dissertation research which must be carried out “in the field.” The trip must be claimed for and taken within the next three terms after the deadline. Forms are usually available from the Program Assistant in November. The Faculty of Graduate Studies, 283 York Lanes, can provide further information about this fund. Students doing Major Research Papers are NOT eligible to apply to the fieldwork cost fund.

Thesis/Dissertation Support Funding

Graduate students who are or have been CUPE members are also entitled to receive up to $300 reimbursement towards the cost of thesis production. A Thesis / Dissertation Reimbursement form will be given to you by the Faculty of Graduate Studies when you deliver the final copies of your thesis or dissertation to that office following successful completion of the Oral Examination. Original receipts must be provided for all expenses claimed.Virtually all of these applications require letters of reference. Faculty are generally happy to write these provided they are adequately familiar with your work and the request is made well in advance of the deadline.

Awards and Scholarships

Heisey Award
This award recognizes outstanding ability and achievement in scholarly and/or creative work. Awards valued at $3,000 each are given annually to students entering their second or higher year of study in any Fine Arts graduate Program. Eligibility criteria include financial need, Ontario residency and Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status. Students must be returning to continue studies in a Fine Arts Graduate Program in the fall.

Dance Scholar’s Award
This award is open to a graduate student who has completed course work and is working on a thesis or major research paper/project. Eligibility criteria include grade point average and financial need. There is one award of $450.

Menorama Thakkar Award in Indian Dance
This award requires demonstrated academic/artistic excellence and achievement in Indian dance studies with a strong academic average. Applicants must be enrolled in an Indian dance performance course or engaged in research in Indian Dance. Criteria include financial need and Canadian citizen or landed immigrant status.

Evelyn Carnie Rowe Graduate Studies Scholarship in Dance
This scholarship is offered annually to a full-time graduate student in the MA Dance or PhD Dance Studies program, with preference given to students specializing in research on Canadian dance. The recipient will be judged on her or his academic excellence and financial need. Recipients of the scholarship must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and residents of Ontario who demonstrate financial need.

MBA Program
A number of scholarships and bursaries are available for first year students in the MBA Program. Students in the combined Program who meet the requirements are eligible for this support for at least one year of study. In addition, the Program in Arts and Media Administration offers support for internships -- particularly in the nonprofit sector -- for students who meet the criteria (which include meeting the Ontario Student Awards Program requirements.) In their second and third years of study, students may be eligible for research assistantships and teaching assistantships.