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.

3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Prize

The 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Prize is a university wide competition for York?s Masters (thesis only) and doctoral students to present their research and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research material in an engaging, compelling way, using only one slide. The three minute thesis competition provides graduate students with an opportunity to refine skills that can be transferred after graduation to diverse career paths. Distilling research into a clear form, without over-simplifying or making it overly-complex, and highlighting the wider implications of this research are important skills to carry into post-graduate employment and public service. The competition also enables students to showcase their research to a wider audience, across disciplines within the university and to the broader public. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition was initially developed by The University of Queensland in 2008 to promote effective communication of research.
Application Process
No formal application process is required, and the competition is open to Domestic and Visa students. All eligible Masters (thesis option only) and doctoral students who are registered as active (full- or part-time) and have approved research proposals on record at the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies will be invited to participate in one of three heats in the Winter term. The top three participants from each heat will advance to the final rounds whereupon a panel of non-specialist judges will adjudicate to decide the Grand Prize and two runner up recipients. In addition to the monetary prize, the winners of the 3MT competition will have a notation on their academic transcript showcasing their outstanding achievement. More information can be found at the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies website:

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.