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Elia Scholars Program


The Elia Scholars Program is York University’s most prestigious graduate award for incoming domestic or international doctoral students. The Elia Scholars Program enables York University to attract doctoral students of the highest possible caliber, and ensures that those students have the opportunity to participate in York's distinguished graduate programs. This commitment to excellence at the highest level of academic study both commemorates a distinguished benefactor of the university and his family, and reinforces York's reputation for and commitment to excellence.

Value and Duration

  • Up to 3 awards of $35,000 per year, up to 4 years
    • Students may hold additional scholarships provided by York or received from other sources, so long as their total financial support, including support from the Elia Scholars Program, does not exceed $50,000
    • Students may also hold up to 0.5 teaching assistantship per academic year
    • In addition, the York Graduate Fellowship will be offered in the first two years of the degree program


  • Full-time incoming York doctoral graduate student;
  • Domestic and international students are both eligible;
  • Selection criteria includes:
    • Academic accomplishments;
    • Creativity;
    • Commitment to liberal education;
  • Normally, one Scholar will be selected in each of three fields: (1) Sciences, Engineering and Health Studies, (2) Social Sciences, Education, Law, Business and Environmental Studies, (3) Humanities and Fine Arts.
  • For the 2021-2022 academic year, an additional Elia Scholars scholarship is available to an incoming doctoral student whose research is related to Italian studies.


  • Graduate program deadline: Program nomination is due to FGS by March 1.

Award Period (when the award will be paid)

  • Upcoming academic year

How to Apply

  • Applicants for admission must be nominated by the graduate program.

Graduate Program Responsibility

  • Graduate programs are encouraged to forward nominations.


  • Research statement
  • Statement of evidence of academic excellence, creativity and commitment to values of a liberal education (one page)
    • Students should use this document to describe their achievements, creative endeavours (creativity writ broadly) and their commitment to the values of liberal education, as well as future aspirations
  • Transcripts
  • Two academic letters of recommendation


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