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Abella Scholarship for Studies in Equity

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.

Value and Duration

  • Up to one award of $5,000 (Subject to change)


  • Full-time registered Master’s or doctoral York graduate student;
  • Must be a current student;
  • Students must have successfully completed all degree requirements but the major research paper, thesis or dissertation. In the case of the major research paper, a proposal must have been formally approved in writing by the student's supervisor or program. In the case of a thesis or dissertation, a formal proposal must have been approved by the student's program and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


  • Student deadline: December 6

Award Period (when the award will be paid)

  • Winter Term

How to Apply

Students must complete the Award Submission Portal with the following information:

  • The applicant's statement section should outline how the student's research is aligned with the scope of the award; and
  • Upload required material(s), merged into one PDF file, 1) an up-to-date CV, 2) a copy of transcript for the most two recent years of study (an unofficial transcript or records from student account are acceptable), and 3) a letter from the student's supervisor or graduate program confirming that the proposal has been formally approved.

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.


  • If you require further assistance, please contact our Scholarship & Awards Coordinator or Research Officer by visiting our FGS Staff Directory.