Financial Information and Awards

Ryerson and York graduate scholarships are available. In addition, full-time students are eligible for paid assistantships that involve teaching, lab, or resource centre supervision, and/or research. Some additional summer funding is also available.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada [SSHRC] and the Ontario Graduate Scholarships also offer funds.

Please ask either of the Program Directors about funding opportunities during your advising sessions and take note of the bursary and scholarship competition notices that are circulated by the Program Office throughout the year via e-mail.

For more information about tuition schedules and other fee-related information, please go to the York University Student Financial Services website where there are detailed guides to fees, including breakdowns and online statements. Ryerson information can be found by navigating the Communication & Culture Program website listed in the left menu of this page.

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

Ioan Davies Award

MA students in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture are invited to apply for the Ioan Davies Award. This award is given annually to an outstanding MA student in the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture who is in financial need and has demonstrated an interest in the topics reflected in the work of Ioan Davies:

  • aesthetics;
  • critical cultural theory;
  • culture in the global arena;
  • culture in everyday life;
  • technology and identity;
  • the culture of cities.

Professor Davies taught at York from 1972 until his death in 2000, helped establish the African Studies Program, the Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought and the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, and was a founder of the journal border/lines. Students may be nominated by faculty, or may apply independently. The nomination, or application, must include the application form and the submission of a completed paper, thesis, or proposal. The award recipient will be invited and honoured at the annual Ioan Davies lecture.

Amount: $500 minimum

Eligibility: MA Students registered full-time at York University in Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents, and an Ontario resident. Nominations/Applications should be submitted to Diane Jenner, Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, TEL Building in the spring of each year. Students will be notified of the specific deadline when the competition is announced each year.

To apply for the Ioan Davies Award, please download the following application. If you have any questions about the award, please contact the Program Office.

You can also visit the Ioan Davies memorial website, most of which was created by Professor Davies himself.

E. B. Rowe Communication and Culture Politics and Policy Scholarship

This scholarship is given annually to a graduate student in the Graduate Program in Communication & Culture, with preference given to students specializing in politics and policy. The recipient will have demonstrated academic excellence (minimum A average), financial need, and needs to be a Canadian citizen/permanent resident/protected person and an Ontario resident. The Graduate Program Director or associate director and/or admission committee will make the selection. The award is valued up to $2,000.

Bell Globemedia Scholarships

Scholarships of up to $10,000 may be awarded to graduate students in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture who have a stated interest in leading edge media research with a Canadian focus. Normally, students entering their second year of MA studies in the Joint GraduateProgram in Communication and Culture will be considered for this award.

Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

For information and application: OGS

The DEADLINE for returning a COMPLETED application to the Program Office is announced on the program website under the “OGS Deadline” post on our home page. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the competition. Students who are interested in applying for this scholarship must contact the Program Directors for information beyond what can be found on the OGS website. Continuing students and external applicants must submit their application through the program.

Graduate Development Fund (GDF)

The GDF helps subsidize students’ travel costs to a recognized academic event where they are presenting their scholarly or creative work. The Fund will not support travel to a commercial or remunerated event [it does not cover taxis, conference fees, hotels, associated research costs, etc.

Students are eligible to apply for the Graduate Development Fund for presentations/exhibitions already made/completed within the 6 months prior to the GDF competition deadline AND for proposals for presentations/exhibitions not yet made/completed that fall within the 6 months after the GDF competition deadline.

Students must attach to their application, either the call for papers, for events occurring after the application due date, or the program sheet from the conference, showing the conference title, host institution, title of presentation, date/time and name of the student, for events occurring before the application due date.

If you are successful in the competition the amount of the award will be deposited to your Student Account and a cheque will be cut and sent to the address that the Office of Student Financial Services has for you. Therefore, it is vital that you keep them up to date on any changes to your contact information.

Click here for complete information on the GDF.

Research Costs Fund (RCF)

The RCF helps subsidize students’ own research expenses that are above and beyond those costs that are typicallyassociated with graduate work, such as travel to sources of research, payment of subjects, essential supplies, services and photocopying, etc.

The Fund generally does not cover books, conference costs, subsistence & tuition fees.

Only full-time registered graduate students who are members [past and present] of CUPE 3903 are eligible. Normally, Doctoral students have priority, followed by final year Master’s. When demand is high, first-year Master’s and Doctoral students are less likely to receive funding. Funding is generally not awarded on a second consecutive application within the same fiscal year [May 1 to April 30] as the first award. The Committee cannot consider applications that are incomplete.

For full details on the RCF – please see the back of the application form. Application forms are posted on the Program Office door in TEL building; or you may obtain a copy from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, 280 York Lanes. The forms are not available in electronic format. Deadlines will be announced via e-mail by the Program Offices.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

For information and application: SSHRC
If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, have completed or are about to complete a master’s degree in the humanities or social sciences or are already pursuing a PhD or equivalent, and intend to pursue an academic career, you may be eligible to apply for a Doctoral Fellowship.

The DEADLINE for returning a COMPLETED application to the Program Office is announced on the program website under the “SSHRC Deadline” post on our home page.

Fees and Tuition

Academic fees are determined with reference to the formula fee schedule set by the Province of Ontario. Accordingly, any adjustments to the formula fee schedule by the Province of Ontario will result in adjustment to the University’s academic fees. The University will endeavour to inform the student community immediately upon any such adjustment.

Please visit Faculty of Graduate Studies – Student Finances for more information, including fee deadlines, payroll deduction and income tax information.

Financial Support, Busaries and Scholarships

Please visit Faculty of Graduate Studies – Funding and Awards for more information, including financial support, bursaries and scholarships.