Gearing up for your Research

Proposing Your Research Project research

Building from the Statement of Intent you wrote in order to gain admission to Interdisciplinary Studies, students will consult with their entire supervisory committee in order to strength, adapt and refine this statement into a thesis proposal.

A first draft is due to your committee on January 30th of your 1st FT year or your 2nd PT year. This is just a draft and we choose this date to get you thinking, meeting and planning. From this you'd then begin to craft out your research ethics protocol (see below) and you submit BOTH your THESIS proposal and the relevant Research Ethics Forms to your committee for approval, and then to the Graduate Program Director for Approval. From there, the program forwards these to FGS and you will receive approval from the Dean of Graduate Studies shortly after that. Remember, you cannot commence ANY research until your proposal and ethics protocol have been approved at all three levels.

We suggest you aim to have your final approved thesis proposal  into the IS program office by April 30th. 

Note: If you are applying for Research Cost Funds (see below for more information about that) to support travel perhaps for your field work, this requires both ethics approval and an approved thesis proposal. Therefore those deadlines apply and are far earlier. Please do check that are on the FGS page for the deadlines.

Research Ethics

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For any and all questions regarding Research Ethics, the IS program has a strong respectful relationship with Ms. Alison Collins-Mrakus, Senior Manager and Policy Advisor.   Please connect with her even at the early stages to ask questions and ensure that your research protocol is as strong as possible.
The program has an annual Research Ethics workshop specifically for our students. It's in the fall. If you miss it, there are often FGS-sponsored Research Ethics workshops also. interdisciplinary research

Research Cost Fund

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The FGS Research Cost Fund (RCF) assists with the costs directly connected to research undertaken by registered full-time York graduate students who are or have been members of CUPE 3903 within their current program of study.

Value and Duration

  • Successful applicants may be allocated up to $1,500 per year. The Research Cost Fund is available in both the Spring and Fall semester each year.


  • Full–time registered York graduate students who are or were members of CUPE 3903 Unit 1 & 3 during their current program of study.


  • Applications from doctoral students are normally given priority, followed by applications from master’s students
  • Applicants may apply more than once but no more than twice for the Research Cost Fund and Fieldwork Cost Fund combined within a single program of study to a maximum combined total of $2,500 for the same research (in separate competitions); however, ongoing annual trips which do not produce significantly different progress will not be supported. In a case of re–application, applicants must submit a sound rationale for additional research and a recommendation from the program director
  • Note: Applicants whose research involves human participation must have received research ethics approval for their proposed research
  • Only complete applications are considered
  • Applicant’s thesis/dissertation proposal must have been approved by the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies prior to submission of the application; or applicant’s MRP proposal must have been approved and on file with their Graduate Program Office prior to submission of the application; and,
  • Students intending to travel abroad should complete the Graduate Student Risk Assessment Form and file with their Graduate Program Office.

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.

Please note: Research Cost Fund/Fieldwork Cost Fund do not support student travel to present at conferences. However, if research plans include travel to a conference site for the specific purpose of interviewing experts presenting there, the applicant must provide evidence that interview appointments were arranged in advance of travel.

To apply, please fill in  the Research Cost Fund/Fieldwork Cost Fund Submission. Be sure to  Look Research Cost Fund page also for more information.

Don't forget to look into other avenues of financial support for your research.