Financial Support

Various forms of financial assistance are available to graduate students.  York University and external agencies offer numersous fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, awards, prizes, and grants.  For more information on York and awards, please visit Faculty of Graduate Studies - Funding and Awards.

Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships

A stipend may be paid to a full-time degree candidate who teaches in one of the York Faculties or colleges. Normally, such teaching will consist of a tutorial or seminar work in a timetabled course in which the lectures are given by a full-time member of Faculty, this teaching being considered equal, when preparation is counted, to no more than ten hours of work per week.  During the 2015-2016 academic year, full year Unit 1 Teaching Assistants will earn $11,052.00 in wages plus $3,650.00 grant-in-aid for a total of $14,702.00 for the time period September 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016. Full-time students in sociology are eligible for Unit 1Teaching Assistantships, while part-time students are eligible for Unit 2 Teaching Assistantships.

Graduate Assistantships

A stipend may be paid to a full-time degree candidate for various types of activity. The duties of a graduate assistant may include participation in a practicum, as an apprentice in a laboratory or applied setting, library work for the department or for a research group (normally in cases where it is possible for students to make small but constructive contributions to group research projects), administrative, clerical and research work. Formal arrangements for work in this category are made with the program director after admission. It should be noted that neither a Master’s nor a Doctoral candidate is permitted, while registered as a full-time student, to accept more than ten hours of paid work per week through the University. Graduate assistants are members of the CUPE 3903 - Unit 3 bargarining unit.   During the 2015-2016 academic year, full year Graduate Assistants will be paid $6,831.00 in wages plus $3,584.00 grant-in-aid for a total of $10,415.00 for the time period September 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016.

Research Assistantships

A stipend may be paid to a full-time degree candidate for research or academic activities relevant and related to the student’s field(s) of study within the academic program. Formal arrangements are made with the program director after admission. Research assistants are not part of the CUPE 3903 - Unit 3 bargaining unit.   Research assistantship salary is negotiated between the supervisor and student.