Award Information

Award Information


The VISTA Entrance Award will provide financial support to high-calibre scholars doing research that is aligned with the VISTA program under the supervision of a CVR-VISTA Core or Associate Member. This support provides funds in addition to standard York University support to attract and train leading vision researchers of tomorrow.


To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Have applied, or be in the process of applying for full-time admission to an eligible graduate program at the doctoral level at York University. You must be registered as a new doctoral student in the program to hold the scholarship.
  • Be supported by a CVR-VISTA Core or Associate Member who would become your supervisor. If your primary supervisor is an Associate Member, a Core Member must also be identified to co-supervise.
  • Include a mandatory advisor to enhance interdisciplinary expertise for the proposed project.
  • Conduct research in the vision sciences that is aligned with the VISTA program.
  • Previous VISTA award/scholarship holders are not eligible.
  • You cannot hold multiple CFREF funded graduate awards/scholarships at the same time

Award Details


$10,000 for 1-year.


One competition per year.

Expectations of successful applicants

  • Meet annually to discuss progress with your VISTA committee
  • Submit an annual progress report
  • Present progress annually at the VISTA research retreat
  • Apply for external funding (e.g. CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, OGS)

How To Apply

Candidates must:

  1. Have applied or been accepted to a full-time program in an eligible department.
  2. Identify and confirm a CVR-VISTA Core or Associate Member supervisor and a co-supervisor. If the primary supervisor is an Associate Member, a Core Member must also be identified to co-supervise.
  3. Email the following documents and completed forms to
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Application form
  • One-page summary of proposed research
  • Voluntary self-identification survey
  • Masters transcripts (electronic copies acceptable)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Referee Form
  • Use the application checklist to ensure your package is complete


Application deadline: Friday, March 22, 2024

Applications must be submitted by the deadline to

Results deadline: Results can be expected to be communicated by mid to late May.

Acceptance and declines of offers: Applicants will have 21 days from the date of each offer of the award to accept or decline. Replies can be sent to The status of offers not accepted or declined within the 21 days will automatically be considered Declined.