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.

Sunnuz Sarah Taheri Graduate Award in Fine Arts

The Sunnuz Sarah Taheri Graduate Award in Fine Arts is awarded annually to students enrolled full-time in an MFA, MA or PhD program within the Department of Music in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design. Recipients must demonstrate outstanding academic merit and artistic excellence and by studying in one of the following areas: musical performance, performance studies, or composition. Preference will be given to students studying vocal performance. Passionate about performing and making music since her childhood, Sunnuz Sarah Taheri had diverse tastes in musical styles including classical, jazz, soul, hip hop and more. Sunnuz sacrificed much of her short life so she could play music and sing. She also took an active role on issues relating to the environment, global conflicts, culture and furthering women's rights. The Sunnuz Sarah Taheri Graduate Award in the Fine Arts was established in Sunnuz's memory to help music and arts students to realize their full potential; she would wish them happiness and joy in their journey.
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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.