Awards and Bursaries
Michael Baptista Essay Prize
The friends of Michael Baptista and the Royal Bank of Canada established the Michael Baptista Essay Prize. Two $500 prizes are awarded annually to both a graduate and an undergraduate student in recognition of an outstanding scholarly essay of relevance to the area of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
The Michael Baptista Essay Prize and Lecture are named in honour of Michael Baptista in recognition of the areas central to his spirit and success: the importance of his Guyanese/ Caribbean roots, his dedication to and outstanding achievement at the Royal Bank of Canada , and his continued and unqualified drive and love of learning.
The W. W. Anderson Award in Caribbean Studies
Awarded annually to a continuing third-year student enrolled in The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, Division of Social Science. The recipient must have succesfully completed at least 60 credits, with a cumulative grade point average of 6.0 or higher and is currently registered in a minimum of 18 credits. The recipient must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, be an Ontario resident and demonstrate financial need. The award of $560 is given during the Fall session. Preference is given to a student of African-Canadian heritage.
To receive consideration for this award, students must submit a Student Financial Profile available at www.yorku.ca/osfs/bursaries.shtml. Students with disabilites have the option of submitting a paper application. Paper copies of the application are available at any of the disabilities service providers on campus.
Lydia Covenay Burnett Bursary
Offered: In-Course (Fall)
No. of Awards: 1
Description: The bursary will be given annually to an undergraduate student currently enrolled in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a minimum of 18 credits and have completed a minimum of 18 credits. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate a clear and compelling passion for, and a history of working with, the Caribbean community or the Caribbean-Canadian community. Applicants must be in good academic standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 6.0) and demonstrate financial need.
Application Process: To receive consideration for this award, students must submit a Student Financial Profile to the Office of Student Financial Services at www.yorku.ca/osfs/bursaries.shtml. When submitting the Student Financial Profile on-line, students will be given the option to include a written statement re community involvement. Students with disabilities have the option of submitting a paper application. Paper copies of the application are available at disability service providers on-campus.
Founders College Internship - Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program
(With York University Service Bursary)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Academic Assistant
Start Date: Early October End Date: Mid-April
Description of Position Duties: The Academic Assistant will be expected to carry out the following activities: Research on topics of interest to the field of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, including Career Opportunities, Study Abroad Programmes and Graduate Studies. The Academic Assistant will also update existing data-bases containing information on topics of interest to LACS students: Study-abroad Programme information on language training and academic courses in universities in LACS; up-to-date information will be kept on programmes at the University of West Indies and the University of Guyana (York has a formal student-exchange programmes with both of these institutes); graduate studies information regarding graduate schools (in Canada and abroad) in the field of Latin American and Caribbean Studies; and Internet Research, information regarding electronic access to data of interest to researchers working in the area of LACS. The Academic Assistant will organize special meetings for LACS majors to discuss the data collected through research.
Preferred Qualifications: The candidate should have an interest in fostering community, cultural and academic life in the University. Good interpersonal skills, along with good computer skills (wordprocessing, Internet use), are required.
Terms:The intern is required to give 125 hours of service (approximately 5 hours a week over 25 weeks) for a stipend of $1,500. The period of service falls within the Fall/Winter session. There will be three payments of $500, the first at the end of October, the second in early January and the third at the end of February. The stipend will be applied to the student's account at the University. Contact the Founders College Master's Office for further details.
Applicants should complete both the Founders College Internship Application Form and the Service Bursary Application Form. The deadline for both forms is September, though earlier application is desirable (application forms are available in the Master’s Office). As well, applicants must should submit a resume detailing their experience relevant to this internship, and expect to be called for an interview.