Our Program

Science & Technology Studies offers an interdisciplinary program of study focused on the critical role of science and technology in society, both past and present. Research in the field applies the methods and theories of the humanities, social sciences, and cultural studies to the examination of technology and scientific knowledge and practice.

Science & Technology Studies is particularly well positioned to provide analytical, critical, and historically informed insight to complex questions regarding science, health and engineering policy, intellectual property, expertise, ethics, and the public understanding of science. This field contributes to timely debates that bridge the academy and the world beyond it with a nuance that is often difficult to achieve from within traditional disciplines.

Our Students win scholarships!

Since the program began in 2009, 70 % of our PhD students have received external funding to support their studies from varied sources such as: SSHRC, OGS, Vanier, Trillium, Elia, Colciencias (Colombia), Tubitak (Turkey), NASA and Enbridge.

News & Events

** Upcoming Event: 7 February STS Futures Symposium **

The STS Graduate Program is holding a symposium on STS Futures on 7th February at York University. Speakers include Sheila Jasanoff, Ulrike Felt, Joan Fujimura, Banu Subramaniam, Sergio Sismondo, Yves Gingras, Kelly Bronson, Alessandro Delfanti, Patrik Keilty, Raquel Velho, Orit Halpern, William Turkel, and Jonathan Roberge. Organizing committee chaired by Denielle Elliott.

13 January 2020 Toronto Star Opinion

Prof Kean Birch had an opinion article published in the Toronto Star today called: "Artificial intelligence doesn’t need ‘agile’ governance, it needs firm regulation"

09 January 2020 New Postdoc Job!

Prof Conor Douglas' collaborators in the Netherlands are looking for a postdoc on their new project: "Social Pharmaceutical Innovation for Unmet Medical Needs". See here for more information.

01 November 2019 Congratulations to Peggy Chiappetta

Congratulations to Peggy for passing her PhD defence this week!


Dates and Deadlines

Entry for 2020-2021 is currently suspended with the aim to relaunch the program for entry in 2021-2022. Please feel free to contact us for more information. Details on the application process can still be found here.
YUGSA Academic Funds deadline
Aug 1 all-day

These include the Conference Support Fund, Thesis Support Fund, and Skills Development Fund. Applicants are eligible for funding from only one of these funds per year. Average funding is $100 per applicant and varies depending on the number of applicants.

Conference Support Fund
This fund is for students presenting at a conference. This fund is not for students who are only attending conferences and it is not meant to be a primary source of funding for conferences.

Thesis Support Fund
This fund is designed to help defray the costs involved in producing theses or major papers. Expenses covered under this fund include the costs of supplies, materials, and services expended on the project. Purchases of reusable/resaleable items such as computers, books, and journals will not be covered.

Skills Development Support
This fund supports projects that help students develop skills in relation to their programme of study. It is intended for practical, skills-based training programs not offered at York.

CUPE Professional Development Fund (PDF) deadline
Sep 10 all-day

The Professional Development Fund provides funding to members in all Units to support them in attending and presenting at conferences, and with other professional development expenses.

A total of $125,000 is allocated to this fund for purposes such as assisting new employees (priority to those within first two years of employment) develop professional competence and ability, to  assist employees in upgrading professional qualifications, and to help cover some of the expenses associated with presenting at conferences (airfare, hotels and such). The PDF does not cover capital costs such as equipment, software, stationary, and books, but does cover conference funding, professional development such as fees for courses/programmes/workshops.