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Russell David Smith Graduate Award in Public and International Affairs

This award was established by Russell David Smith (BA'67) in celebration of the 50th anniversary of his graduation from Glendon College and in thankful recognition of Glendon's graduate program in Public and International Affairs. When Russell wanted to pursue graduate studies in public administration in the late 60's, sadly York had no suitable program and he had to go elsewhere. Russell went on to have a fulfilling, 30-year career managing human resources programs in several Ontario government ministries. He strongly believes in the value offered to society by Canada's public servants. He hopes that this award will provide financial assistance to someone who might otherwise have been unable to pursue their studies because of a lack of funds, a situation his own father found himself in when he wanted to attend university.


The Russell David Smith Graduate Award will be awarded to incoming students in the master’s program in Public and International Affairs and must demonstrate financial need.

The application process requires program nomination. Incoming students will be considered by the program.


  • $2,500
  • Non-renewable


  • Incoming full-time graduate Master’s student;
  • Must demonstrate financial need;
  • Must have a minimum ‘A-’ average.

Award period (when the award will be paid)

  • Upcoming academic year


  • March 1st

How to Apply

Students must be nominated by their graduate program. The program will identify potential nominees and request the appropriate documentation. Students cannot apply directly to FGS.



Recipients will be recommended by the Graduate Program in Public and International Affairs by April 1 to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards Committee for review at the April meeting.


  • Graduate Program Director
    Graduate Program in Public & International Affairs, Glendon Campus
    351 York Hall
    Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 88149