Award Search

This tool lets you view awards, scholarships, prizes and bursaries offered at York University. Take a few moments to search for awards you may be eligible for: you can search by Faculty, award type, activity level or type in the name of an award that you may be familiar with. Unless otherwise stated, all full-time, part-time and mature students are eligible for all the awards in the system so long as they meet the published criteria.

For additional graduate awards, visit the York Financial Assistance section of the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. You can also see a listing of external awards elsewhere on this site.

Note: All awards listed on this website are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

HSBC Bank of Canada Environmental Studies Award

The HSBC Environmental Studies Award is available to students entering the third or fourth year of an undergraduate program within the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. Selection will be based on academic achievement, community service within the last three years and financial need. To be eligible, students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, and residents of Ontario. A minimum of 25% of Awards each year will be granted to Black or Indigenous students. An individual student will be eligible for only one HSBC Environmental Studies Award during their course of study. In any year, if there are insufficient eligible Black or Indigenous candidates to receive 25% of the Awards, the remaining awards will be held and granted to eligible Black or Indigenous students in the subsequent year, thereby increasing the number of awards for the subsequent year. The Awards are being established under the University?s Special Programs for Black Students and Indigenous Students (developed under the Ontario Human Rights Code). These Programs are subject to periodic review. Should both or either of the special programs this award was established under no longer exist at the University, the University will make every effort to consult with the donor before applying the funds to an alternative purpose following as closely the donor?s original intent.? Students apply through the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change Student Awards office, located in the Student and Alumni Resource Centre, Room 133 HNES Building. Applications are to include all of the students community involvement outside of the classroom. This would include things like volunteering at a food bank, or peer tutoring on campus.
Application Process
Students are required to complete and submit an application form and bursary form. These downloadable forms are available at Students must include a 500 word statement along with a letter of recognition from a community representative describing the student's community involvement. Applications should be submitted to the FES Awards Officer in the Student Awards office(Room 133 HNES building)or by email to , by October 3. For additional information please visit the Student and Alumni Resource Centre in HNES 133.

How to Interpret the Awards Search Results

1. Offered

The time of year when this award is offered. This gives you an idea about when you'll need to apply for the award. The most common is In-Course (Fall/Winter), indicating that the award happens during the Fall/Winter session.

2. Award Type

The type of award:

  1. Bursaries are based on financial need. Therefore, students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
  2. Scholarships are based on academic merit. Therefore, students with high academic standing are encouraged to apply.
  3. Awards are based on both academic merit and financial need. Therefore, students with high academic standing and financial need are encouraged to apply.

3. Value

The value of this award.

4. No. of Awards

The number of these awards offered each year.

5. Description

Details about the award's origins, purpose, and eligibility requirements. For example, some awards may require a minimum credit enrolment, a certain grade point average (GPA), enrolment in a specific Faculty, or a certain citizenship status.

6. Application Process

This explains how you can be considered for the award. Many of the awards simply require that you fill out the Student Financial Profile (SFP) for the current session. Other awards may, for example, ask for reference letters and personal statements outlining your extra-curricular involvement.