Funding and Fees

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In addition to the generous funding packages described below, York offers a competitive tuition rate for domestic graduate students in both the LLM and PhD programs.  In comparing the cost of attending Osgoode Hall Law School’s Research Graduate Program in Law to other graduate programs, students should consider both low tuition fees and York University’s Funding Package.

The program also has a significant number of entrance and continuing scholarship funds and conference funding available to support our graduate students during their studies.


York offers one of the lowest competitive tuition for domestic graduate students in deregulated programs. At the graduate level, all students are required to maintain continuous registration in three terms (fall, winter and summer) while in the program.

Fees are paid per term, and there are three terms in a year.

2021-22 fees per term are as follows:

  • Domestic full-time PhD and LLM: $1,711.39 (per term)
  • International full-time LLM: $6,550.88 (per term)
  • International full-time PhD: $6,275.88 (per term)

Note that the per term fees listed above include both tuition and supplementary fees.

Check the Student Financial Services page (linked above) for the most current information.

Funding Packages

Applicants admitted to our Research LLM and PhD will all receive significant funding packages. Funding is contingent on continuous registration as a full-time student, continued satisfactory academic performance and, for doctoral students, fulfillment of any funding-related employment obligations.  While some scholarships will be treated as part of the funding package, others may be paid on top of the minimum amount.

Please visit Faculty of Graduate Studies – Funding at York for more information, including York internal and external scholarship opportunities.  Osgoode’s extensive list of donor-funded awards can be seen here.

Research LLM Students

  • Domestic Research LLM: approximately $10,000 (minimum) for the year of the degree.
  • International Research LLM: approximately $19,256 (minimum) for the year of the degree. Funding availability for international graduate students is limited and highly competitive.

PhD Students

Doctoral funding packages are comprised of York Graduate Fellowships and some combination of teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, research assistantships, scholarships and awards.   Doctoral students are ordinarily expected to hold a Teaching Assistant [TA] position as a condition of their funding. Osgoode hires TA’s for Legal Process and Ethical Lawyering in a Global Community, both JD courses.  Graduate students in Law have also held teaching assistantships in the York programs in Criminology, Law and Society, Philosophy and Business.

  • Domestic PhD: approximately $23,890/year (minimum), in PhD 1. A similar level of funding is available in subsequent years of the program, contingent on full-time registration.
  • Full-time international PhD; approximately $35,779/year (minimum), in PhD 1. A similar level of funding is available in subsequent years of the program, contingent on full-time registration.

Osgoode Scholarships & Fellowships

In addition to the funding packages, Osgoode’s Graduate Program may offer York or Osgoode donor funded scholarships to students based on merit and financial need. These are assessed on the basis of the application package – for the majority of these awards, there is no need for a separate application.   A number of Graduate Fellowships are also offered by Osgoode’s Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security.

View the complete list of donor funded awards open to Osgoode Research Graduate Program students.

External Scholarships

All applicants should make reasonable efforts to secure funding from external agencies-both prior to coming to Osgoode and as continuing students. External awards include those from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Province of Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS). Information on external awards are available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website

Osgoode’s continuing students have had significant success in applying for major graduate scholarships, such as the Ontario Graduate Scholarships, the Ontario Trillium Scholarships, and those awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Trudeau Foundation.  For in-program students, the Graduate Program Office, along with the York Faculty of Graduate Studies, provide support to you in drafting, revising and improving applications for these awards, and are proud that each year many of our students are awarded major scholarships through these, and other, scholarship competitions.

Financial Awards and Scholarship Competitions for International Students

Osgoode’s Research Graduate Program and the Faculty of Graduate Studies have some scholarship funding available for international students.  Students can refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarships and Awards webpage to view what is available for international students or contact the Research Graduate Program office for more information.

Some countries offer scholarship opportunities for their nationals.   Applicants should investigate funding available from their home country or through agreements between Canada and their home country.

Conference Funding

The Graduate Program in Law supports the intellectual engagement of our students in a variety of ways. One such way is by providing funding for graduate students to present and attend at a number of legal education conferences. Students are notified at various points in the year when funding applications are available.