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.

Michelle's Prize

Established to honour the life work of Michelle Swenarchuk, environmental lawyer and activist. It is funded through contributions from Michelle's friends and colleagues to provide financial assistance and award academic achievement for students studying the areas of environmental studies, environmental law or international trade and the environment. Recipients must be working in the areas of interest to Michelle and share the Canadian Environmental Law Association?s values including: environmental activism, environmental law and/or international trade and the environment. Applicants must be enrolled in the Faculty Environmental and Urban Change program at York University, in the joint MES/JD program or in 2nd - 4th year of the BES program. Students must have earned at least a A- in their previous academic year.
Application Process
Applications should be submitted to the Student and Alumni Resource Centre by a submission date to be decided by the Faculty. Students should submit a 500 word statement of research interest with their application package that demonstrates allignment of their proposed program and the values of Michelle and CELA. The Undergraduate Awards Committee in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change will select the recipient(s). Information about the award can be found at For additional information please visit the Student and Alumni Resource Centre.

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.