Financial Information and Awards

For full and up-to-date information about fees, funding and awards, see http://gradstudies.yorku.ca/current-students/student-finances/

All questions about funding may be directed to the Graduate Program Assistant, Karen Dancy (2172 Vari Hall, 416-736-5127, ghisprog@yorku.ca)

Academic fees are charged per term, and in most cases include both tuition costs and supplementary fees. Additional fees may include health plans, the YU-card (where applicable) and associated course and program fees. Please note that course and program fees are subject to approval by York’s Board of Governors in accordance with the fees guidelines set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and are subject to change.

York’s Graduate program in History attempts to provide reasonable funding to all students admitted to the MA or PhD degrees who are in good standing in the program.

Financial support takes a number of forms, in combination, depending upon each application and year of study. Students coming into the program with major external scholarships may have their funding packages adjusted.

Graduate Program in History Scholarships

  1. The John Bosher Award In FRENCH HISTORY and THE FRENCH EMPIRE
    The Graduate program in History at York University announces the competition for the John Bosher Award in French History. This award of up to $2,500.00 was established by former York University President and Vice-Chancellor, Lorna R. Marsden, in honour of her brother, retired York History Professor John Bosher. The award is available for distribution to one or more graduate students in need of financial help for the purpose of advancing their research on their dissertation.
    Deadline Tuesday April 9th.
  2. The Ramsay Cook Fellowship For CANADIAN HISTORY
    The Graduate program in History at York University announces the competition for the Ramsay Cook Fellowship. This award of up to $5,000 has been established to honour the contributions to the study of Canadian history made by York historian Dr. Ramsay Cook, the purpose of the fellowship being to provide support for doctoral students at York whose research would advance the understanding of Canadian history. In particular, this award is intended to facilitate research essential to the completion of doctoral theses of an historical nature by covering expenses such as travel, subsistence, copying and other related research expenditures at archives, libraries and repositories in Canada and abroad.
    Deadline Tuesday April 9th.
  3. The Robert Cuff Fellowship For AMERICAN HISTORY
    The Graduate program in History at York University announces the competition for the Robert Cuff Fellowship. This award of up to $1,500 has been established to honour the contributions to the study of American history made by York historian Dr. Robert Cuff. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide support for doctoral students at York whose research would advance the understanding of American history. In particular, this award is intended to facilitate research essential to the completion of doctoral theses of an historical nature by covering expenses such as travel, subsistence, copying and other related research expenditures at archives, libraries and repositories in the United States and abroad.
    Deadline Tuesday April 9th.
  4. The Albert Tucker Award In BRITISH HISTORY
    The Graduate program in History at York University announces the competition for the Albert Tucker Award in British Graduate History. This award of up to $3,300.00 was established by Prof. Tucker to support graduate students in British History. The award is available to one or more graduate students in need of financial help for the purpose of advancing their research on their dissertation.
    Deadline Tuesday April 9th.
  5. The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Fellowship in MODERN GREEK HISTORY
    Number of Awards: 1
    Amount: varies year to year.
    This Fellowship will be awarded to a student in the Graduate Program in History, specializing in Modern Greek History, who is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident or protected person; a resident of Ontario; and who demonstrates financial need. It will normally provide funding in addition to a teaching or research assistant position.The application is made up of a statement of interest in Greek History, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation, and must be submitted to the Graduate History Program Office by the deadline indicated annually. The recipient may hold this award in conjunction with other awards.
  6. Kostas Tsotsos Graduate Greek History Award
    Number of awards: 1
    Amount: $1,400 (varies year to year)This award, which honours the memory of Kostas Tsotsos, provides support for students in the Graduate History Program at York University whose research will advance the understanding of Greek history in any period, Greek literature, or Greek law. The competition is open to MA and PhD students, although preference is given to PhD students. All recipients must be registered as full-time students, and must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons; residents of Ontario; and demonstrate financial need.The application is made up of a statement of interest in Greek History, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation, and must be submitted to the Graduate History Program Office by the deadline indicated annually.The recipient may hold this award in conjunction with other awards.
  7. Women's Canadian Historical Society of Toronto Graduate Scholarship
    The Women's Canadian Historical Society of Toronto Graduate Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding Canadian or landed immigrant full time with a superior academic record and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with a major concentration in history. This student must have been accepted into a Master of Arts program with a specialization in Candian History.
  8. The United Empire Loyalists' Award
    Awarded to a student in the Master's or Doctorol program whose research is on a topic devoted to the study of the United Empire Loyalists during the time period of 1760-1841, their descendants and their legacy.  Such research may focus on the history of loyalists in the 13 colonies, Upper Canada, Lower Canada, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or PEI.
  9. The Avie Bennett Historica Dominion Institute Dissertation Scholarship in Canadian History
    The Avie Bennett Historica Dominion Institute Dissertation Scholarship in Canadian History is awarded to encourage and assist excellent graduate students in their final years of doctoral study to concentrate exclusively on their dissertations.

Other awards, including FieldWork Costs Funds, Graduate Developemnt Fund, and Research Costs Funds, are available internally through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Please visit Faculty of Graduate Studies - Funding and Awards for more information.

Assistantships

Each doctoral student's funding package includes some form of Assistantship. These fall into three categories: research assistantship, graduate assistanship, and (most commonly) teaching assistantship.

  1. Research and Graduate Assistantships
    Research Assistantships (RA) or Graduate Assistantships (GA) for PHD students are paid according to the Collective Agreement. An RA is designed to support student's research; a GA entails research or other work for a professor (usually in History). This work must be done between 1 September and 30 April and must not exceed 270 hours.
  2. Teaching Assistantship
    Doctoral students can normally expect to be assigned a teaching assistantship. Teaching assistants are expected to attend lectures, lead tutorial groups each week, mark student work and hold office hours. This should take no more than 270 hours between 1 September and 30 April. Our Teaching Assistants are unionized as members of CUPE 3903 and rates of pay are negotiated in each collective agreement. Please refer to the current CUPE 3903 Collective Agreement for specific terms and eligibility criteria. For students who do not hold TAships, access to a health plan is available for a fee through the Graduate Students' Association.

External Scholarships

Students in both the MA and PHD programs are encouraged to apply for external scholarships, particularly OGS and SSHRC. Deadlines for these scholarships vary, but are usually in the fall. A SSHRC scholarship may be held without any reduction of support offered by York. If a student wins an OGS, their support from York is reduced by the amount contributed by York to the OGS scholarship.

Please visit Faculty of Graduate Studies - Funding and Awards for more information.

Tuition

Tuition is not covered in the funding support from the Graduate program in History.