PhD Financial Assistance

Schulich Fellowship

Students who are offered admission to Schulich’s PhD program have displayed a strong record of academic excellence, a commitment to research, and a passion for scholarship and academic pursuits. To support students during their time in the program, the Schulich School of Business guarantees financial support to full-time doctoral students for the first five years of study.

All incoming full-time PhD students will be offered a Schulich Fellowship, valued at:

Domestic students:  $30,000* per year, from year 1 to year 5
International students:  $43,000* per year, from year 1 to year 5

*Values are subject to change.

Tuition fees are not covered by the School. As such, students should expect to allocate a portion of their funding towards tuition fees. Current tuition fees are available on the Registrar’s Office website. Cost of living estimates are available on the Schulich website.

The Schulich Fellowship is renewed each year, provided that students maintain full-time status and demonstrate satisfactory progress in the program.

In years one through three, the Schulich Fellowship is tied to a Research Assistantship. Details are available from the PhD program.

Schulich Awards and Scholarships

Students will also be considered for the following awards, scholarships, and prizes. Where applicable, students will be invited to submit an application.

Applicants who are accepted into the PhD program are automatically considered for Entrance Scholarships.

Schulich Awards, Scholarships, and Bursaries
Award NameValueProgram(s)TypeVisa/DomesticTimingStatusSpecializationDescription# availableRenewable?MeritCommunity ServiceLeadershipFinancial NeedProgram Level
PhD Leadership Award in Research and Community BuildingVariesPhDContinuingAnyAnyFull-timeAnyThis award is granted to a full-time Schulich PhD student who has made notable leadership contributions, with a minimum of one year student leadership service, to the overall academic and PhD community at the Schulich School of Business. The recipient has passed their comprehensive examinations, achieved academic excellence in their program of study and is demonstrably pursuing the preparation or submission of work in a leading edge, innovative research stream to top-tier journals. The submission of a one page statement of interest demonstrating how the recipient meets the criteria is required.1NYNNNPHD
Schulich Entrance Scholarship of Merit PhD $ 14,740 PhDEntranceAnyFallFull-timeAnyIn 1996, Seymour S. Schulich made a generous donation to York University to support the ongoing activities of the School of Business. The Schulich Entrance Scholarship of Merit for PhD was created to recognize and support academic excellence. Each year the entering PhD student with the highest level of academic achievement will be selected to receive this scholarship. 4NYNNYPHD
The Invesco Doctoral Scholarship $ 5,000 PhDEntranceAnyFallFull-timeFINEThe Invesco Doctoral Scholarship will be awarded each year to an entering student in the PhD program who has chosen finance as a major area of specialization. The successful recipient will have demonstrated exceptional academic ability in previous university studies. The award is renewed in the second-year on the condition that the student maintain an A- average in first year coursework.1YYNNNPHD
Schulich Dissertation Proposal Defense Prize $ 2,000 PhDContinuingAnyAnyFull-timeAnyThe Schulich Dissertation Proposal Defense Prize will be awarded to Schulich doctoral students who defend their dissertation proposal before May 15 of their third year of study (by the end of Term 8).VariesNYNNYPHD
Robert Cuff Fellowships $ 1,500 PhDContinuingAnyFallFull-timeAnyThe Graduate Program in History and the Schulich School of Business at York University created the Robert Cuff Fellowship in honour of the memory of Professor Robert Cuff, an internationally celebrated scholar who taught in both the York History Department and the Schulich School of Business. The Robert Cuff Fellowship provides travel grants to Masters or Doctoral students researching US topics. Eligible students must be enrolled full-time in the History Department or the Schulich School of Business. Applications are accepted from both Masters and Doctoral students, but preference is given to Doctoral students. Award recipients are selected based upon academic ability, financial need and a proposal explaining how research travel in the United States will contribute to their scholarly objectives.1NYNNYPHD
Schulich PhD Conference Fund $ 1,000 PhDContinuingAnyAnyFull-timeAnyThe Schulich PhD Conference Fund was created to provide eligible full-time Schulich PhD students with support for conference travel up to a maximum of $1,000 per academic year (September 1 to August 31).VariesNYNNYPHD
Anthony P. Cunliffe Award $ 500 PhDEntranceAnyAnyFull-timeORGSAwarded to an entering doctoral student with an interest in the Organizational Behaviour, Industrial Relations area. Preference will be given to applicants with relevant work experience.1NNNNNPHD

*All awards and scholarship information is accurate at the time of posting and are subject to change.

York University, Provincial, and Federal Scholarships

Throughout the program, students will be invited to apply for bursaries, and prestigious awards and scholarships. These scholarships are offered through York University and external agencies. To learn more about these opportunities, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.


Students are encouraged to take on teaching opportunities to hone their skills in front of the classroom.

Doctoral students receiving the Schulich PhD Funding Package can take on up to one (3.0 credit) teaching assistantship or teaching instructor position per year. Students are eligible for TA positions from the start of their program, but must complete their comprehensive exams before serving as a course instructor. Teaching is limited to one class per academic year to ensure students achieve strong academic progress.

Teaching assignments are covered under the Collective Agreement between the University and CUPE Local 3903. The CUPE 3903 Collective Agreement and employment-related benefits information can be accessed at:

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

Domestic students may be eligible for student loan funding through the federal and the provincial government from their home province. For details, visit:

Doctoral students are required to report the value of the funding package on your OSAP application as income. For more information, please visit: