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.

Penny and John Van Esterik Award for Graduate Research on Southeast Asia

The Penny and John Van Esterik Award for Graduate Research on Southeast Asia will be awarded annually to a graduate student conducting research on Southeast Asia especially where such research will require the student to travel to Southeast Asia. Penny and John are cultural anthropologists with a wide range of research experiences in Southeast Asia. Penny retired as a professor from the Department of Anthropology at York University in 2014, and continues to conduct research on maternal and child nutrition and other topics. John taught a range of courses for Anthropology and the Division of Social Science until retirement from York University in 2008. They are pleased to be able to help students develop expertise in the region. Preference will be given to doctoral students carrying out Social Science and Humanities research, including historical, cultural or artistic projects in the region. If no such candidates are available, Masters students studying any appropriate academic topic in the region will be considered. Canadian citizens, permanent residents, protected persons and international students are all eligible. One award is offered and is valued at $2,000. It is intended to support research activities including travel.
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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.