Dissertation Fieldwork Fellowship - Two Year Pilot Project



The fellowship is intended to provide funding support to doctoral students who need to complete fieldwork or other research in support of their dissertations which makes it impossible for them to take up a TA position during the academic year. This will include traditional fieldwork conducted abroad or within Canada, it may include ethnographic research or participant observation and it can also include extended archival research. The Dissertation Fieldwork Fellowship supports up to a one year leave from holding a tutorial assistant position by replacing the value of the TA position with Fieldwork Fellowship Funding.

As a doctoral student in a LA&PS-based graduate program, the Dissertation Fieldwork Fellowship will allow you to fully engage in your research and finish your dissertation in a timely manner without foregoing the basic funding package you were offered upon admission.

Value and Duration

The fellowship is intended to support graduate students with the same amount of funding they were to receive pending their availability to take up a TA position. The standard funding package is made up of the following components:

Domestic  International
Wages $11,976.00 $11,976.00
GIA (Grant in AID $3,954.00 $3,954.00
Vacation Pay $479.00 $479.00
Subtotal $16,409.00 $16,409.00
Graduate Financial Assistance $2,079.00 $3,475.00
York Doctoral Fellowship $5,403 $5,403
International Tuition Offset N/A $6,709.00
UHIP N/A $624.00
$23,891 $32,620

The Fieldwork Fellowship replaces the following portions of your funding package: the Grant-in-Aid, the Graduate Financial Assistance and Tutorial wages. In addition, up to $1000 is made available as a LA&PS Health Care bursary (these funds are to be used cover the Graduate Student Benefits Package only, if the student elects to participate). The Fieldwork Fellowship amounts are as follows:

Domestic International
LA&PS Field Work Fellowship $18,488 $19,884
York Doctoral Fellowship $5,403 $5,403
Health Care Bursary $1,000 $1,000
International Tuition Offset $6,709
UHIP $624
Total $24,891 $33,620


• Applicants can apply in years 2 or 3 of their doctoral programs.
• Applicants cannot hold both a TAship and the Fieldwork Fellowship in the same academic year
• Applicants must have completed all course work, passed all qualifying examinations, and have submitted their dissertation proposals to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and, if required, to the Office of Research Ethics
• Fieldwork must be conducted no later than the fourth year of study; applications for fieldwork to be conducted in years five or six will not be considered
• Graduate Students will receive installments of the Fellowship in their student account at the beginning of the Fall, Winter and Summer terms
• Students applying to the fund with the intention to leave on field work must communicate their plans to their Graduate Program Director
• All efforts will be made by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies to support the student in finding a TA position or other relevant work upon their arrival back from fieldwork
• Students who hold a CGS or other large scholarship designed to fund field work are not eligible
• Please contact Lindsay Gonder (lgonder@yorku.ca), in our office to determine eligibility

Application Requirements

• Students will fill out an application form available here and will provide up to two pages describing your research project Dissertation Field Work Fellowship Application
• Make sure to describe in your application the reasons that you cannot conduct your research while remaining on-site at York University (for example, your research must be conducted abroad; or, the nature of the research and its time commitments – even if conducted closer to Toronto – make it impossible for you to be on site at York through one academic year)
• A timeline for the research, travel dates, site location, must be included in the statement
• Students must upload their proposal, confirmation of FGS and Ethics approvals, risk assessment if required by FGS, and two statements of support, one from their supervisor and one from a committee member. Statements of support should address whether the student is in good academic standing; the student’s ability to carry out the activities proposed in the proposal; the merit of the intended dissertation.
• Please note: students who have not yet submitted their proposals, research ethics and risk assessment documentation to FGS may still apply, but the statement of support must confirm expected timing of receipt of proposals and should speak to the work students have conducted thus far. The adjudication committee may contact your Graduate Program Director for feedback on your application
• No funds will be deposited in student accounts until FGS approvals have been received, please plan accordingly before applying to this fund
• Up to 20 Fieldwork Fellowships will be available in each academic year, the deadline to apply for a Dissertation Fieldwork Fellowship in the 2019/20 academic year is April 1 2019.