The YUGSA offers a variety of funding and support for our members.
Deadlines: August 1st, December 1st, April 1st
These include the Conference Support Fund, Thesis Support Fund, and Skills Development Fund. Applicants are eligible for funding from only one of these funds per year. Average funding is $100 per applicant and varies depending on the number of applicants.
Conference Support Fund
This fund is for students presenting at a conference. This fund is not for students who are only attending conferences and it is not meant to be a primary source of funding for conferences.
Thesis Support Fund
This fund is designed to help defray the costs involved in producing theses or major papers. Expenses covered under this fund include the costs of supplies, materials, and services expended on the project. Purchases of reusable/resaleable items such as computers, books, and journals will not be covered.
Skills Development Support
This fund supports projects that help students develop skills in relation to their programme of study. It is intended for practical, skills-based training programs not offered at York.
Bursaries & Support Funds
Emergency Hardship Fund
Deadline: First-come, First Serve until funds last.
The Executive Committee at YUGSA recognizes that many of our members are dealing with a challenging financial period due to the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19. Many members are facing reduced hours, lost jobs, and a sudden need for money to buy basic necessities to stay at home in the coming weeks. To address this, YUGSA has set up a Hardship Fund to help affected members.
1. The eligible candidates for this bursary shall be YUGSA members (both full/part-time graduate students registered as of the Winter semester of 2020) who claim financial hardship due to recent events surrounding the pandemic.
2. The executives adjudicating the bursary will not ask for proof of financial need or economic hardship.
3. The executives will only be requiring proof of registration as a student of the University of which screenshots of student accounts showing enrollment during the Winter or Summer terms of 2020 shall be deemed enough.
4. Please note that the maximum amount per applicant is capped at $150.00. You can choose to request less if you require a smaller amount. We have a limited budget for this fund and would like to help as many applicants as we can.
5. Please direct questions regarding funding to email@example.com
Deadlines: August 1st, December 1st, April 1st
The Dependent Bursary is available to members who are primary caregivers to help them attain their academic and professional goals. Eligible members are welcome to apply every term. First-time applicants will be privileged. Up to $200 per term is available. The final amount is determined by the total number of applicants.
International Student Bursary
Deadline: April 1st
The International Student Bursary is available to provide some additional financial support to international graduate students who face higher tuition fees and are not able to access many of the funding sources, job opportunities, medical facilities and social networks that local students can access for support. Students may apply for the bursary once each year. Up to $200 is available, although the final amount is determined by the total number of applicants.
The YUGSA recognizes the extensive financial, social and mental burdens that international graduate students have to deal with once they commence their graduate studies. Moreover, we recognize their immeasurable contribution to graduate student life on campus, in Toronto and in Canada as a whole. Unfortunately, while they pay almost double of what Canadian students pay, they are not privy to a majority of the sources of funding, job opportunities, medical facilities and social networks that local students are able to participate in. For these reasons, as part of our mandate, in a bid to offer some support to these graduate students while recognizing that there are broader goals of reducing international tuition fees and facilitating a greater and accountable support network for these students which we need to work towards, the GSA established an international student bursary in October 2012. The goal of this bursary is to provide some additional financial support to these students, who face significant barriers, in order to help them achieve their academic, social and professional goals.
Publication Support Fund
This fund supports the intellectual and artistic work of graduate students and the publications with which they are involved in the hopes of generating discussion and dialogue. Publications must meet the equity mandate of the YUGSA. Only one application per publication per funding period is eligible. Applications must be submitted to the VP Finance to be seen at Council.
Community Outreach Support Program (COSP)
This fund supports the volunteer work of graduate students and community organizations at York and in surrounding area communities. Only one application per organization per funding period is eligible. Applications must be submitted to the VP Finance to be seen at Council.
Donations & Loans
Emergency Loan Fund (ELF)
DUE TO COVID-19 THIS SERVICE IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED WHILE THE OFFICE IS PHYSICALLY CLOSED. If you are in need of financial assistance resources please contact our Student Services Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Emergency Loan Fund (ELF) is an interest-free loan available to full-time members of the YUGSA. The maximum amount of the loan is $350. You may apply for an ELF at any point during the year. To receive a loan please contact our Student Services Coordinator (SSC): email@example.com to schedule an appointment to complete an application in-person at our office. You will be asked to bring your YUCard, proof of current registration as a graduate student, and post-dated cheques for repayment to your appointment.
On the basis of budgetary allowances, funds or materials may be available to student groups to help with expenses of events, projects, or activities related to the well being of graduate students and community members. Examples of funded projects include: conferences, film screenings, and lectures. Direct expenses are defined as the cost of supplies, materials, and services expended on the project. All events, projects or activities must uphold the equity mandate of the YUGSA. Donation Requests are seen at Council. Council meets the third Thursday of every month. Please submit forms ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details see the below form.