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Graduate Studies

Internal Awards

York University and the Faculty of Graduate Studies provide a variety of awards to assist full–time graduate students.

These awards include:

Abella Scholarship for Studies in Equity
Named in honour of the 20th anniversary of the Abella Commission on Equality in Employment and in celebration of the appointment of Rosalie Abella to the Supreme Court of Canada, this scholarship is designed to provide support for an outstanding full–time graduate student at York University whose thesis, dissertation or major research paper touches on issues that relate directly or indirectly to the theme of equality.
Applications are reviewed and awarded by the Graduate Studies Awards Committee.

Award Value & Number of Awards Available Up to 1 award of $5,000 each*
Eligibility Criteria
  • Full-time registered York graduate student;
  • Students must have completed all required course work and all program requirements except for the dissertation and must have a dissertation proposal approved by the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies.
Application Deadline Applications are due to the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies by December 16, 2013 at 4:00pm.
Application Process Students must submit:
  • A completed application form;
  • A one-page outline of planned work for the period of the award and a description of how the scholarship will contribute to the progress of the major research paper, thesis or dissertation;
  • A current Curriculum Vitae;
  • A copy of the officially approved research paper/thesis/dissertation proposal;
  • A confidential letter of reference in a sealed envelope from the major research paper, thesis or dissertation supervisor.
Allocation Process After the Graduate Studies Awards Committee determines the recipient, the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies will contact all applicants by e–mail and post the allocation to the successful applicant’s student account.
For more information, contact Sandra Yiu (fgssac@yorku.ca).

* Subject to change.


Ambassador Gary Smith Award
The Ambassador Gary Smith award is given to excellent Masters or Doctoral students whose area of specialization includes an international focus, preferably relative to Canadian Foreign Policy.
Applications are reviewed and awarded by the Graduate Studies Awards Committee.

Award Value & Number of Awards Available Up to 1 award of $4,500 each*
Eligibility Criteria
  • Full-time registered York graduate students;
  • Area of specialization includes an international focus, preferably relative to Canadian Foreign Policy. Preference given to Glendon College students studying in this area;
  • Strong academic background;
  • Confirmation of financial need;
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person;
  • Must be a resident of Ontario.
Application Deadline Applications are due to the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies by December 16, 2013 at 4:00pm.
Application Process Students must submit:
Allocation Process After the Graduate Studies Awards Committee determines the recipients, the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies will contact all applicants by e-mail and post the allocations to successful applicants’ student accounts.
For more information, contact Sandra Yiu (fgssac@yorku.ca)

* Subject to change.

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Barbara Godard Prize for the Best York University Dissertation in Canadian Studies
The Barbara Godard Prize for the Best York University Dissertation in Canadian Studies honours Barbara Godard, a committed feminist, talented critic and dedicated citizen. Professor Godard was a dedicated academic. A professor emerita in York University’s Department of English, the Avie Bennett Historical Chair in Canadian Literature, a member for the graduate programs in Women’s Studies and Social and Political Thought, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (inducted posthumously). Barbara Godard was known worldwide for her important work as a researcher, translator and critic of Canadian literature. A prolific writer and editor who did groundbreaking theoretical research, she shared her passion for literature and the politics of culture by supervising an astounding number of graduate students during her career. Barbara Godard was a dynamic woman and her sudden passing in 2010 left a hole in all of our lives.

Award Value & Number of Awards Available 1 award of $ 500
Eligibility Criteria
  • Have successfully defended a dissertation in the field of Canadian Studies at York University during the preceding calendar year;
  • Nominated by the Graduate Program Director.
Application Deadline No deadline.
Application Process Graduate Program Directors will identify students to be considered to the Robarts Centre.
Allocation Process This prize is awarded to the doctoral dissertation on a Canadian topic defended at York University in the course of the calendar year that best advances our knowledge of Canada. Special attention will be given to dissertations that transcend disciplinary boundaries and demonstrate innovation in thought and/or methodology. A Robarts Centre committee will adjudicate the prize from the nominated dissertations.
For more information, please see the Robarts Centre webpage: robarts.info.yorku.ca/awards/.
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CCCJ–John Lockwood Memorial Award
John Lockwood (1913—1997) was a long time member and Honourary Chairman of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews. This award honours his leadership in, and commitment to, breaking down the barriers of bigotry and discrimination.
The Canadian Council of Christians and Jews is a non–religious organization dedicated to eliminating prejudice through education and bridging and to promoting respect, understanding and goodwill among all groups in Canada.
Applications are reviewed and awarded by the Graduate Studies Awards Committee.

Award Value & Number of Awards Available Up to 2 awards of $3,500*
Eligibility Criteria
  • Full–time registered York graduate students;
  • Students must focus their studies on issues related to cultural diversity or cross-cultural understanding in Canada. Among other things, the student's research may focus on prejudice in Canadian society and/or proposals for its elimination;
  • Academic excellence;
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have Protect Person status, and a resident of Ontario;
  • Confirmation of financial need.
Application Deadline Applications are due to the student’s graduate program office by December 13, 2013.
Graduate programs must then submit their nominations to the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies by Wednesday January 8, 2014.
Application Process Students must submit: Graduate Program must submit:
  • Letter of support from graduate program director;
  • If the Graduate Program is nominating more than one student, nominations must be ranked.
Allocation Process After the Graduate Studies Awards Committee determines the recipients, the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies will contact all applicants by e-mail and post the allocations to successful applicants’ student accounts.
For more information, contact Sandra Yiu (fgssac@yorku.ca)

* Subject to change.

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David Hunter Jorgensen Memorial Award
David Hunter Jorgensen was a graduate of the Master’s program in English at York University and a member of the Doctoral program. His family has established this award in his honour, to recognize a Master’s or Doctoral student with a physical disability.
Applications are reviewed and awarded by the Graduate Studies Awards Committee.

Award Value & Number of Awards Available Up to 2 awards of $3,500 each*
Eligibility Criteria
  • Full-time or part-time York graduate students who are, or who will be at the time of taking up the award, enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program at York University and who has a physical disability. Financial need will be considered as part of the adjudication.
Application Deadline Applications are due to the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies by December 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm.
Application Process Students may apply directly, or be nominated by their Graduate Program Director. To be considered for the award, the following documents must be received:
  1. A completed application form;
  2. A letter from the applicant or from the Graduate Program Director (should include a brief statement indicating what difference the award would make to the applicant and a brief outline of the applicants’ financial status);
  3. A medical statement outlining the disability or letter of accommodation from Counselling and Disability Services confirming the physical disability;
  4. Print out of transcripts from the online My Student Records/Grades and Transcripts;
  5. Two letters of support;
  6. Student Financial Profile.
Allocation Process After the Graduate Studies Awards Committee determines the recipients, the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies will contact all applicants by e-mail and post the allocations to successful applicants’ student accounts.
For more information, contact Sandra Yiu (fgssac@yorku.ca)

* Subject to change.

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Jaclyn and Michelle Marcus Award
The Jaclyn and Michelle Marcus Award will be given to a York University graduate student who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, and is a resident of Ontario who demonstrates financial need. This award celebrates student volunteerism. It is available to students who demonstrate volunteerism through charitable work at York University or in the broader community.

Award Value & Number of Awards Available Up to 1 award of $950 each*
Eligibility Criteria
  • Full-time registered York graduate student;
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person and resident of Ontario;
  • Must demonstrate financial need;
  • Must demonstrate volunteerism through charitable work at York University or in the broader community
Application Deadline Applications are due to the student's graduate program office by December 13, 2013 at 4:00pm. Graduate programs must then submit their nominations to the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies by Wednesday January 8, 2014.
Application Process Students must submit: Graduate Program must submit:
  • Letter of support from Graduate Program Director;
  • If the Graduate Program is nominating more than one student, nominations must be ranked.
Allocation Process After the Graduate Studies Awards Committee determines the recipient, the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies will contact all applicants by e–mail and post the allocation to the successful applicant’s student account. For more information, contact Sandra Yiu (fgssac@yorku.ca).

* Subject to change.

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Nirvan Bhavan Graduate Fellowship
Nirvan Bhavan is a non–profit, charitable organization established in the late 1970s. One of its aims is to increase awareness and appreciation of the arts, society, and culture of India in the Metro Toronto area. Since the organization was formed, it has also strived to raise sufficient funds to establish a cultural centre for people of East Indian origin in the local community.
The Nirvan Bhavan Graduate Fellowship has been established to provide financial assistance to graduate students completing research in India studies.
Applications are reviewed and awarded by the Graduate Studies Awards Committee.

Award Value & Number of Awards Available Up to 1 award of $6,800*
Eligibility Criteria
  • Full-time registered York graduate students;
  • Completing research on the arts, society, and/or culture of India;
  • A GPA of an A- or higher;
  • Confirmation of financial need;
  • A Canadian citizen (permanent resident or landed immigrant status) and be a resident of Ontario.
Application Deadline Applications are due to the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies by December 16, 2013 at 4:00pm.
Application Process
  • A completed application form;
  • A one–page statement outlining their research project and how they meet the requirements for this award;
  • Two letters of reference;
  • Student Financial Profile.
  • Print out of transcripts from the online My Student Records/Grades and Transcripts;
Allocation Process After the Graduate Studies Awards Committee determines the recipients, the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies will contact all applicants by e-mail and post the allocations to successful applicants’ student accounts.
For more information, contact Sandra Yiu (fgssac@yorku.ca)

* Subject to change.

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The Penelope Jane Glasser Graduate Award
This scholarship assists York students returning to university from a work or family career, who are pursuing a graduate degree in interdisciplinary studies or in interdisciplinary fields such as education, social work or women's studies. Preference will be given to those whose studies focus on women's studies.
Applications are reviewed and awarded by the Graduate Studies Awards Committee.

Award Value & Number of Awards Available Up to 5 awards of $6,100 each*
Eligibility Criteria
  • Full–;time registered York graduate students;
  • A GPA of an A or higher;
  • Confirmation of financial need;
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person who is a resident of Ontario;
  • Preference will be given to first year students but continuing graduate students will be considered in instances where there are no suitable incoming candidates.
Application Deadline Applications are due to the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies by December 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm.
Application Process Students must submit:
  • A completed application form;
  • Student Financial Profile;
  • A one–page support letter indicating how you meet the requirements of the award;
  • Print out of transcripts from the online My Student Records/Grades and Transcripts.
Allocation Process After the Graduate Studies Awards Committee determines the recipients, the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies will contact all applicants by e-mail and post the allocations to successful applicants’ student accounts.
For more information, contact Sandra Yiu (fgssac@yorku.ca)

* Subject to change.

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Ralph Nicolls Graduate Scholarship
The Dr. Ralph Nicholls Graduate Scholarship has been established as a meaningful tribute to Dr. Ralph Nicholls for his many years of service to the University and mentoring of York faculty members and students.
Applications are reviewed and awarded by the Graduate Studies Awards Committee.

Award Value & Number of Awards Available Up to 1 award of $4,500*
Eligibility Criteria
  • Incoming or continuing full-time graduate student in Physics, Astronomy, Atmospheric or Space Sciences;
  • Entering students must have exhibited outstanding academic achievement (minimum A average) and participated in scientific activities related to their area of study;
  • Continuing graduate students must demonstrate a high level of research and academic performance and good communication skills as demonstrated through participation in teaching, presentations (conferences/seminars), or the publishing of research papers;
  • Must be a Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and residents of Ontario;
  • Must demonstrate financial need;
  • Preference will be given to first year students but continuing graduate students will be considered in instances where there are no suitable incoming candidates.
Application Deadline Applications are due to the student’s graduate program office by December 13, 2013.
Graduate programs must then submit their nominations to the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies by Wednesday January 8, 2014.
Application Process Students must submit:
Graduate Program must submit:
  • A letter of support from graduate director;
  • Transcripts from Admissions or student file;
  • If program is nominating more than one student, nominations must be ranked.
Allocation Process After the Graduate Studies Awards Committee determines the recipients, the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies will contact all applicants by e-mail and post the allocations to successful applicants’ student accounts.
For more information, contact Sandra Yiu (fgssac@yorku.ca)

* Subject to change.

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Zdenka Volavka Research Fellowship
The goal of the Zdenka Volavka Research Fellowship is to stimulate and support the study of the art history of the indigenous peoples of Africa and North America through fieldwork and to provide opportunities for comparative study through field activities and related collections research.
Applications are reviewed and awarded by the Graduate Studies Awards Committee.

Award Value & Number of Awards Available Up to 5 awards of $6,000 each*
Eligibility Criteria
  • Full–time registered York graduate student;
  • Students must be engaged or propose to engage in field–based art historical research, which may include comparative study through collections as well as field activities, focusing on the art of the indigenous peoples of Africa and/or North America.
Application Deadline Applications are due to the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies by December 16, 2013 at 4:00pm.
Application Process Students must submit:
  • A completed application form;
  • Brief outline of the proposed research project including scholarly goals and the rationale for the fieldwork;
  • An estimated budget for the use of the proposed award;
  • A current Curriculum Vitae;
  • Print out of transcripts from the online My Student Records/Grades and Transcripts;
  • Two letters of reference, including one letter from an Art Historian.
Allocation Process After the Graduate Studies Awards Committee determines the recipients, the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies will contact all applicants by e-mail and post the allocations to successful applicants’ student accounts.
For more information, contact Sandra Yiu (fgssac@yorku.ca)

* Subject to change.

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Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship at York University
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship at York University is made possible through the sale of the limited edition, The Essential Trudeau, edited by Ron Graham. The award will assist graduate students in the humanities and social sciences with travel costs, subsistence, copying and other related research expenses at archives, libraries and repositories in Canada and abroad.

Eligible Applicants
  • Full-time York graduate students;
  • Selection will be based on academic excellence and strength of the research project;
  • Research proposals must be on file with FGS for theses;
  • Research proposals must be on file with the graduate program for MRPs;
  • Applicants must have an “A” average.

Conditions include:

  • Only complete applications will be considered;
  • Students who applied for the Fieldwork Cost Fund can also apply for this fellowship.
Application Deadline Applications are submitted to the student’s graduate program office by March 3, 2014.
Graduate programs must then submit their nominations to the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies by March 17, 2014.
Required Documentation
  • A completed application form;
  • A letter of intent to the Graduate Program Director;
  • A one-page project description;
  • A budget detailing how the proposed research travel will contribute to your scholarly objectives in an approved graduate research project;
  • Two letters of reference;
  • Print out of transcripts from the online My Student Records/Grades and Transcripts.
Amount of allocation This award will be made annually to one student in the amount of $3,750*. The award must be used during the next twelve–month period (May 2014—April 2015).
Reimbursement process Field research must be claimed for and taken within the next 3 terms after the deadline (i.e. research trip must be taken prior to April 30, 2015). Applicants will be required to submit original receipts up to the total amount of the award in order to be reimbursed. A Claim for Reimbursement of Expenses form must be completed and signed. Funding will not be advanced prior to the trip. Applicants will be required to submit a brief report on the research activity prior to final reimbursement.

* Subject to change.

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Ecole Polytechnique Montreal Women’s Memorial Scholarship 2014–2015
York University established this graduate award in memory of the 14 women who died tragically at the Ecole Polytechnique on December 6,1989.
The award is designed to encourage women to enter science disciplines. The scholarship will be offered to an entering, full–time female candidate in a program of study leading to the degree of a Master of Science.
Applications are reviewed and awarded by the Graduate Studies Awards Committee.

Award Value & Number of Awards Available 1 award of $2,500*
Eligibility Criteria
  • Entering full–time female candidate in a program of study leading to a degree of a Master of Science;
  • Demonstrated superior academic ability;
  • GPA of A or higher.
Application Deadline Applications are due to the student’s graduate program office by March 3, 2014.
Graduate programs must then submit their nominations to the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies by March 17, 2014. Graduate Programs can nominate one, and in no case more than two students each year. If two students are nominated the program is required to submit a ranking of the nominations and a rationale for the ranking
Application Process Students must submit:
  • A completed application form;
  • A letter of nomination from the Graduate Program Director;
  • A current Curriculum Vitae;
  • Print out of transcripts from the Admissions and/or student file;
  • Two letters of reference, (supplied by the graduate program from Admissions file).
Allocation Process After the Graduate Studies Awards Committee determines the recipients, the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies will contact all applicants by e-mail and post the allocations to successful applicants’ student account beginning in September 2013.
For more information, contact Sandra Yiu (fgssac@yorku.ca)

* Subject to change.

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Lambert Family Award 2014–2015
The Lambert Family Award will be given to support graduate students in the area of engineering or medicine. Until such a time as a medical school is established at York University, consideration will be given solely to qualified graduate students in the area of Engineering.
Applications are reviewed and awarded by the Graduate Studies Awards Committee.

After the Graduate Studies Awards Committee determines the recipients, the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies will contact all applicants by e-mail and post the allocations to successful applicants’ student account beginning in September 2013.
For more information, contact Sandra Yiu (fgssac@yorku.ca)
Award Value & Number of Awards Available Up to 2 awards of $2200*
Eligibility Criteria
  • Entering full–time graduate student studying in the area of Engineering;
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person and a resident of Ontario;
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
Application Deadline Applications are due to the student’s graduate program office by March 3, 2014.
Graduate programs must then submit their nominations to the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies by March 17, 2014.
Application Process Students must submit:
  • A completed application form;
  • A letter of nomination from the Graduate Program Director;
  • A one–page statement of research;
  • A current Curriculum Vitae;
  • Print out of transcripts from the Admissions and/or student file;
  • Student Financial Profile.
Allocation Process

* Subject to change.

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Governor General’s Gold Medal 2013–2014
The prestigious Governor General’s Gold Medal may be awarded to either a Master’s or Doctoral candidate who will be receiving his/her degree at the Spring Convocation ceremony in June 2014, or who received his/her degree in Fall 2013.

Award Level: Master’s or Doctoral
Award Value: A gold medal
Renewable: This award is non–renewable.
Domestic/VISA: Both
Number of Awards: 2 awards
Eligible Area of Study: All Graduate Programs
Selection Criteria:
  1. GPA of A or higher;
  2. Demonstrated superior academic ability.
Nomination Package:
  1. Letter of Nomination from the Graduate Program which indicates how the nominee has demonstrated “dinstinction in scholarship at York University”;
  2. CV;
  3. Two letters of support from referees who can speak knowledgeably about the nominee’s “distinction in scholarship”;
  4. Copies of transcripts;
  5. Any additional documentation that is directly pertinent to, or highlights, the nominee’s “distinction in scholarship”.
Process: The nominees must be outstanding. There are many candidates who receive only “A” grades, so it will not be possible for the Committee to make any decision based solely on grades.
GS Deadline: Program nominations with complete documentation are due at the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies by 4:00 pm Monday May 5, 2014
For more information visit the Governor General’s website.

Questions?
Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies
230 York Lanes
gsawards@yorku.ca or fgssac@yorku.ca

 

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