Internal Awards Opportunities

LA&PS Research Cost Fund

LA&PS research cost fund - application form

Deadline: *** one time only: we will be accepting applications from graduate students that meet the eligibility and travelled in the last academic year***

There are two competitions each year—one in Fall and one in Spring

The online portion of the Fall 2019 LA&PS application will be available from November 5, 2019, until the deadline of January 13, 2020.

Completed and signed paper applications must be submitted to the relevant graduate program office by January 13, 2020.

Value: up to $1600; two application opportunities annually, Fall and Spring

Eligibility: This fund assists with the costs directly connected to research undertaken by registered full-time LA&PS-based graduate students who are not currently and have not previously been members of CUPE 3903. The fund is intended to provide a parallel fund for graduate students who are not eligible for the FGS-administered Research Cost Fund (for which current or past CUPE membership is an eligibility requirement) Students who receive the FGS administered Research Cost Fund are not eligible for the LA&PS Research Cost Fund.

Eligible expenses

  • Student travel and/or accommodation necessary for research;
  • Incentive payments or token gifts to research participants—where an incentive is deemed necessary, a $5 to $10 gift certificate is recommended for survey and interview respondents;
  • Materials, supplies, photocopying and other services essential to the research; and,
  • Disability accommodation costs for participants (e.g., accessible transportation, interpreters, note takers)
  • Allocated funds are provided to successful applicants by reimbursement after eligible expenses are incurred and original, detailed receipts are provided (including incentives payments).
  • Reimbursement claims must match the budget line items approved by the Committee.

Ineligible expenses

  • Books;
  • Conference costs;
  • Subsistence costs;
  • Tuition and related fees;
  • Equipment and services considered a normal student expense including the cost of researcher's intra-city transportation within the GTA (e.g., city taxis, TTC); and/or,
  • Services deemed essential without a quote from a certified professional.

Graduate program responsibilities

This award is adjudicated by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and follows the same adjudication process as the FGS -administered research cost fund.

Graduate Program Directors are responsible for confirming appropriate research proposals are on file and that Student Risk Assessment forms are on file for those traveling abroad

Graduate program offices must submit the following to Lindsay Gonder, Graduate Manager,

Application process

The applicant completes, prints and signs the online application form. You are required to print this application form immediately upon completion of the online portion. Ensure you are able to print before beginning the application. This application cannot be saved for access at a later time. You will be sent an email confirmation after submission of the online portion of the application. The following elements are required to complete the on–line portion of the application:

  • Personal information, including your student number and program details;
  • Information regarding destination and duration of research travel;
  • Information regarding previous applications to the RCF;
  • Detailed research budget; and,
  • Information on additional sources of funding.

The applicant submits the printed application form to the relevant graduate program office, with:

  • A one–page (250–word maximum) description of the thesis/dissertation project; and,
  • A supervisor’s statement/letter of support from their principal supervisor (may be written on actual application form or on separate page).

Allocation process

After the Committee determines allocations, all applicants are notified by email of the committee’s decision(s). Successful applicants receive notification of the maximum value of the allocation, the budget line items approved for reimbursement and the process for filing claims for reimbursement

Lindsay Gonder, Graduate Manager,
Office of the Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies York University
416.736.2100 x 44548

Graduate and post-doctoral research events fund

Graduate and post-doctoral research events fund - application form

Deadline: rolling
Value: up to $5,000 per year

Eligibility: LA&PS-based graduate students, post doctoral fellows who plan to organize a scholarly conference or workshop at York University are invited to apply to the Graduate Research Events Fund. This fund supports events that engage LA&PS community members in fruitful exchanges with other members of the York community, scholars and students from outside of York, or individuals and organizations that form part of the University's neighbouring communities.  This fund is intended to serve research-related events held at York. Post doctoral fellows must be applying for an event that occurs within the period of their fellowship.

LA&PS graduate student travel grant for dissemination

LA&PS graduate student travel grant for dissemination - application form

Deadlines: August 1, November 1, March 1
Value: up to $1,000

LA&PS offers this grant to offset costs associated with the public dissemination of research, scholarship, or creativity undertaken by LA&PS-based graduate students and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Eligibility: Full-time or Part-time LA&PS-based graduate students, post-doctoral fellows (who must be applying for an event that occurs within the period of their fellowship).

Applications must be submitted in advance of the presentation and includes a budget, paper abstract or summary, confirmation of conference acceptance (paper or poster presentation) and confirmation from supervisor that the conference is an important part of the student or PDFs professional development.

LA&PS graduate student support for publications

LA&PS graduate student support for publications - application form

Deadlines: Rolling Deadline

Value: up to $1,000

Eligibility: LA&PS offers this grant to offset costs associated with the public dissemination of research publications scholarship or creativity un undertaken by LA&PS-based graduate students and Post-Doctoral Fellow and may include indexing costs for books, open access fees for scholarly articles.

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 (, 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.