Financial Support

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


Tuition and Supplementary Fees Total (in CDN$):
(For students entering York University on September 5, 2019 or later)

Domestic: $1707.33
International: $6546.82


Incoming students are eligible for consideration for a variety of entrance scholarships including the Elia Scholars Award (PhD only), the Graduate Fellowship for Academic Distinction (GFAD), Vista Graduate Scholarships, and Susan Crocker and John Hunkin Scholarship in the Fine Arts (PhD) (Master's). See "Awards for Incoming Students" at Faculty of Graduate Studies: Funding and Awards for possible specialized awards that may match your research or creative areas.

All eligible students are expected to apply to Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) awards, available to MA, MFA, and PhD students. The deadline is in the autumn of each year, and applicants can also apply for the SSRHC and OGS Awards in the autumn before they are admitted.

Over $20,000/year in graduate awards to support MFA students complete thesis films are available in the Graduate Program in Film:

Over $180,000 in awards to support graduate students across AMPD are available:

Funding available for International graduate students is limited. See International Student Award Opportunities for additional funding opportunities.

All funding is contingent on continuous registration as a full-time student, continued satisfactory performance in the program 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.

Basic Funding for Domestic Students

We offer a basic funding package to all successful domestic applicants of approximately $3333 per term, or $16,666 over a 5 term/2 year degree (Canadian $)—so their tuition is covered, and there is some additional money left for living costs, etc.

Basic Funding for International Students

We offer a basic funding package of $6400 per term, or $32,000 over a 5 term/2 year degree (Canadian $) to one or two international applicants only. This covers their tuition. In addition, they are eligible to apply for an OGS grant ($15k).

Additional Grants

Successful applicants (both Domestic and International) will be eligible for certain additional scholarships and grants during the course of their degree, which can possibly be worth an additional $15-25k in total (SSHRC, OGS, small cash grants, in-kind grants, etc). For instance, in recent years, our MFAs have achieved a 75% degree of success in securing either SSHRC or OGS grants (worth $15-17k).