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.

Syed Tahir Rafay Award

The Syed Tahir Rafay Award was created to benefit an undergraduate student in good academic standing who is actively engaged in helping their community and working towards making Canada a better place. For example, this may involve but is not limited to: political government volunteer work, working with retirees, seniors, children and/or marginalized members of the community; community outreach initiatives that enhance cohesiveness and improve Canada's inclusive cultural fabric. Preference will be given to students studying Political Science, Human Rights and Equity, Law and Society or Social Work. Syed Tahir came to Canada in 1975 from Saudi Arabia and immediately fell in love with this cold country filled with warm hearts. Dr. Rafay believed that each citizen has a responsibility to be engaged in the political process and in nurturing an inclusive, free society. Dr. Rafay passed away in Mississauga, Ontario in 2004 from stage IV cancer. This award is intended to honour Dr. Rafay by empowering an individual that has exhibited a strong academic record and a commitment to strengthening Canada's political system or enriching Canada's inclusive, cultural fabric.
Application Process
To be eligible students must complete the Student Financial Profile and submit a written statement demonstrating their commitment to helping make Canada a better place, and two reference letters demonstrating their community volunteer and/or leadership activities to Scholarships and Bursaries, W223 Bennett Centre by the October 15 application deadline.

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.