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.
FES supports our graduate students through scholarships, awards and bursaries available exclusively to FES graduate students. In addition to entrance awards, which you apply for before you begin your program, there are also current student awards that support you when you’re in your upper years. For complete details, please see the Financial support page in the Services & Community section of our website.
York University offers various financial supports for graduate students through bursaries, internal scholarships and funds. For details, please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies Financial Support page.
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for major external awards. York graduate students have a very high success rate in attracting these scholarships. For details please see the Major external graduate scholarships information on the Financial support page in the Services & Community section of our website.
NOTE: Any amounts received from major external competitions (i.e. OGS, SSHRC) are considered part of your guaranteed funding.
Teaching Roles of PhD Students
PhD students in FES perform a central pedagogical role, serving as Teaching Assistants (TAs), Course Directors, guest lecturers, advisors, and mentors. Teaching Assistantships assigned as part of the PhD funding package (see Fees and funding) are normally tutorial leaders in the Bachelor in Environmental Studies (BES) program, but can also be team lecturers or course directors. These positions give PhD candidates the opportunity for intellectual and professional development as well as to extend their discourse on areas of interest.
FES PhD students can apply for Course Directorships in existing BES courses, and can also propose and teach new “Special topics” courses in the BES program.