Funding and Awards

Funding to help meet the financial needs of graduate students is comprised of one or more of the following internal and external funding sources: fellowships, teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, scholarships and awards, and research assistantships.

Full-time master’s students who receive funding support from York can expect a funding package of approximately $10,000 in their first year, met primarily through a fellowship. Full-time PhD students who receive funding support from York can expect a funding package of approximately $22,500 in their first year.

Funding availability for international graduate students is limited. Full-time international master’s students who receive funding support from York can expect a funding package of approximately $19,000 in their first year, met primarily through a fellowship. Full-time international PhD students who receive funding support from York can expect a funding package of approximately $33,500 in their first year.

Funding is contingent on continuous registration as a full-time student, continued satisfactory academic performance, and fulfillment of any funding-related employment obligations.

Please visit Faculty of Graduate Studies – Funding and Awards for more information, including internal and external scholarship opportunities.

For all the information Graduate Funding please visit:  Graduate Funding Model

Faculty of Graduate Studies Award Information

Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship is awarded by the Faculty of Graduate Studies to encourage and assist outstanding students in the final year of doctoral study to concentrate exclusively on their dissertations. Students must meet certain criteria to be nominated by the Program for this award.

Research Costs Fund: The Research Costs Fund is funded by CUPE 3903 representing Teaching Assistants. The Fund is administered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The 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. All full-time registered graduate students who are members (past and present) of CUPE 3903 are eligible for a grant. Master's students should note that Doctoral students take priority.

There are generally two competitions each year, in the Fall and Spring. Students will be informed when application forms are available in the Program Office, usually in September and February.

SSHRC and OGS: Outstanding students are encouraged to apply for scholarships, and other grants for which they may be eligible. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Province of Ontario offer Fellowships (OGS) for which students are encouraged to apply. Graduate students in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies have a high level of success in these competitions.

Please also visit Faculty of Graduate Studies - Funding and Awards for more information on available financial support.

The following are Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies scholarships, awards, and bursaries. They have all been donated to give financial support to students in the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies. Please note that awards funded by the Ontario Student Opportunities Trust Fund require students to demonstrate financial need as well as a strong academic standing. Many are only available to Ontario residents, Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. Notices about application deadlines and how to apply will be sent out to all students at the appropriate time.

The Doris Anderson Graduate Scholarship
The Doris Anderson Graduate Scholarship in Feminist Research is offered each year to a full or part-time Graduate Student in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies who is doing research in the field of advanced feminist studies. The applicant must also demonstrate financial need and must have been awarded an OGS.
This fund was set up to honour the life and work of Doris Anderson. As editor of Chatelaine Magazine for 20 years, Doris Anderson tackled many new and controversial issues for Canadian women during the 1960’s and 70’s across the country.

The Doris Anderson Canadian Bursary
The Doris Anderson Canadian Bursary is offered each year to a full-time or part-time Graduate student in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies who studies at York University but whose permanent address is outside of Ontario. The applicant must demonstrate financial need.
This fund was set up to honor the life and work of Doris Anderson on the occasion of her 80th birthday. As the pioneering feminist editor of Chatelaine Magazine for 20 years in the 1960’s and 70’s, Doris Anderson transformed the traditional “women’s magazine” into a vibrant national vehicle, advocating for women’s equality rights. In 1979, she was instrumental in securing women’s rights in the new Charter of Rights and Freedoms, when she dramatically resigned as chair of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women to protest the government’s exclusion of women. Her work continues to be an inspiration to all who cherish justice and equality.

The Doris Anderson Research Fellowship
The Doris Anderson Research Fellowship is offered each year to a Graduate Student in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies presenting a feminist research paper in appropriate forums, either in Canada or abroad.
This fund was set up to honour the life and work of Doris Anderson. As editor of Chatelaine Magazine for 20 years, Doris Anderson tackled many new and controversial issues for Canadian women during the 1960’s and 70’s across the country.

The Ethel Armstrong Awards for GFWS Doctoral Students
The Ethel Armstrong Awards for GFWS Doctoral Students are for students entering or continuing in a doctoral program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies who have strong academic standing and demonstrate financial need. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents, and must demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to female students. Students may receive the bursary more than once.
The intention of the Ethel Armstrong bursaries is to give financial and moral support to students enrolled in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University. The Ethel Armstrong Bursaries are named in honour of Ethel Armstrong, one of the first women to graduate from McGill University, and the beloved grandmother of a York graduate. Born in Montreal in 1875, Ethel wanted to become a doctor – but was turned down by the McGill medical school on grounds of gender. She studied Arts instead, graduating in 1895, as class president and valedictorian. Ethel went on to motherhood and active volunteer work in Winnipeg. Widowed at 48, she put two of her children through university, one son becoming the doctor she herself had dreamed of being. Her eleven grandchildren, who remember her with great affection and respect, celebrate her life through these bursaries which will help women to go to university and to pursue Women’s Studies.

The Ethel Armstrong Bursary for Students With a Physical Disability
This award is designated for one or more students with a physical disability. Preference will be given to a student majoring or minoring in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies in second, third, fourth year, a Master's Program or a Doctoral Program. Preference will be given to female students.

The Encouragement Award for a Graduate Student in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies
The Encouragement Bursary has been established as an alternate year award to a deserving graduate student in the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents, and must demonstrate financial need.
A retired faculty member established this award to encourage thoughtful study.

The Sherill Cheda Graduate Scholarship
The Sherill Cheda Graduate Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming graduate student in the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies whose research addresses current issues facing women. All domestic and international students are eligible for consideration. Recipients must have a minimum “A-” average.
A number of donors have established this award in memory of Sherill Cheda. She was a feminist, librarian, cultural naturalist, political activist, founding member of Toronto’s New Feminists and had a lifelong love of books, learning, the arts and was devoted to improving the lives of women.

The Jean Fewster Award
The Jean Fewster Award will provide an annual bursary to a deserving York University graduate student who is completing research in the area of communication and/or international studies at the School of Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, be Ontario residents and must demonstrate financial need.
Dr. Fewster worked in many countries and at HQ on programs for rural women, while serving for a decade and a half as a professional staff member with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, at HQ in Rome, Italy.

The Karen Hadley Memorial Award
The Karen Hadley Memorial Award will be given to a graduate student in the graduate program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies who is in good academic standing and whose focus of research is women and employment (research on women and work or women and the economy will also be supported). Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents, and must demonstrate financial need.
Karen Hadley graduate from York University in 1976 with a BA in Psychology. She passed away in 2004 after a 21-year battle with breast cancer. Karen worked closely with York researchers in the School of Women’s Studies on issues of work, restructuring and gender. Her husband, Bruce Roberts, and many of her friends contributed to this award in her memory.

The Louise H. Mahood Bursary (Graduate)
This award is designated in alternating years to a graduate student in the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies with a minimum grade point average of 6.0 (B). Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents, and must demonstrate financial need.
The bursary will alternate between undergraduate and graduate competitions each year.
This award is to commemorate York University’s establishment of The School of Women’s Studies. Rev. Louise H. Mahood was York University’s first graduate in Women’s Studies (1984). The purpose of this endowment is to provide support for students in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies students at York University. It is hoped that with financial support, the candidate can contribute to their education by serving on committees, collectives or boards within the University.

The Jerilyn Manson-Hing Bursary
This bursary will be awarded to an MA or PhD student in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies with preference given to a student working in an area related to women and health, and doing research from a non-racist, non-sexist perspective. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents, and must demonstrate financial need.
This bursary is named in the honour of Jerilyn Manson-Hing, a doctoral student in the Graduate Program in Women’s Studies who died an untimely death in 1998 at the age of 44. Jerilyn had a deep interest in the impact of medical sciences and technologies on women’s equality.

The Beverly Mascoll Bursary
This bursary is available to students enrolled in the School of Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents, and must demonstrate financial need.
A distinguished graduate of the Women’s Studies Program at York University, Beverly Mascoll’s contributions to the betterment of society were recognized widely. The honours bestowed upon her included the Order of Canada, the Nova Scotia Black Cultural Centre Wall of Honour Award, the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Entrepreneurship, Canadian Council of Christians and Jews Human Relations Award, the Governor General’s Commemorative Medal and the Harry Jerome Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business.

The Thelma McCormack Prize
The Thelma McCormack Prize is awarded to a student enrolled in the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies for the best essay or project completed for a GFWS course during a given academic year. Nominations may be made by students and faculty.

The Helena Orton Scholarship
This scholarship is open to a student undertaking either full-time or part-time thesis graduate studies at Osgoode Hall Law School or in the School of Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies, whose graduate work will explore the relationships between law and social equality. Preference will be given to candidates committed to studying workplace issues of benefit to women. Students who would like to be nominated for the Helena Orton fellowship should submit an application to the Graduate Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies office. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to equality issues.

The Sandra Pyke Conference Fellowship
The Sandra Pyke Conference Fellowship contributes to the costs of students enrolled in the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies who are presenting papers at conferences or serving as the organizer and/or chair of a conference session. It is to assist with expenses (including accommodation and registration fees) associated with conference presentations, and is meant to supplement funding awarded to graduate students from other sources. Students are expected to have applied to, and received, funding from the FGS Graduate Development Fund, the Graduate Students’ Association or other specified funding sources.

The Margaret R. Bursary
Awarded to full- and part-time students enrolled in the Master’s Program in the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies who have achieved a strong academic standing. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents, and must demonstrate financial need.
The funding for the Margaret R. Awards has been donated in memory of Margaret R. in order to give financial and moral support to MA students in the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies.

The School of Women’s Studies Bursaries (Graduate)
The graduate bursary is designated for one or more students registered in the Master’s or Doctoral Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents, and must demonstrate financial need.
These bursaries were established in 2000 by the School of Women’s Studies to assist undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.

The sections in the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar dealing with Fellowships, Assistantships, Scholarships, Awards and Prizes and General Information provide much information as well.