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.
- Thesis and Dissertation Proposal Form (.pdf)
- The INST Thesis Proposal (.pdf)
- TD 1 (.pdf)
- TD 2 (.pdf)
- TD 3 (.pdf)
- A great resource on research proposals
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.
- Office of Research Ethics
- Ethics Forms
- Informed Consent Checklist (.pdf)
- Human Participants Research Protocol (.pdf)
- Informed Consent Template (.pdf)
- Ethics Policy and Procedures—IS Student Version By Alison Collins (.ppt)
- Tri–Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans
Fieldwork Cost Fund
The Fieldwork Cost Fund (FCF) assists with costs directly connected with research carried out “in the field” by registered, full-time York graduate students.
Allocated funds are provided to successful applicants by reimbursement after eligible expenses are incurred and original, detailed receipts are provided. Reimbursement claims must match the budget line items approved by the Fieldwork Cost Fund Committee. Successful applications may be allocated up to $1,000/year.
More information can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.
Don't forget to look into other avenues of financial support for your research.