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.

Russell David Smith Graduate Award in Public and International Affairs

The Russell David Smith Graduate Award in Public and International Affairs benefits students studying at the graduate level who are enrolled in the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs program. To be eligible recipients must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need. The award will be renewable should the recipient continue to meet the criteria. This award was established by Russell David Smith (BA '67) in celebration of the 50th anniversary of his graduation from Glendon College and in thankful recognition of Glendon's graduate program in Public and International Affairs. When Russell wanted to pursue graduate studies in public administration in the late 60's, sadly York had no suitable program and he had to go elsewhere. Russell went on to have a fulfilling, 30 year career managing human resources programs in several Ontario government ministries. He strongly believes in the value offered to society by Canada's public servants. He hopes that this award will provide financial assistance to someone who might otherwise have been unable to pursue their studies because of lack of funds, a situation his own father found himself in when he wanted to attend university.
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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.