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.

Wilhelm Cohnstaedt Social Justice Award

The Wilhelm Cohnstaedt Social Justice Award will support a graduate student in the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design or the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies whose research focuses on the principles of social justice and issues of human rights, equality, equity and inclusion. Priority will be given to research that involves a form of creative work (such as digitial media, film, performance, visual arts and creative writing), or research that is committed to knowledge dissemination with potential impact beyond academia. The Wilhelm Cohnstaedt Social Justice Award honours the Jewish journalist and editor Wilhelm Cohnstaedt, who was active in the government and politics in the Weimer Republic between 1918 amd 1933. He resigned from the editorial board of the Frankfurter Zeitung after refusing to write a compromising editorial about Adolf Hitler's appointment as Chancellor. He fled Germany minutes ahead of the Storm Troopers and with the support of the editor of the New York Times, he lived in exile in the USA until his suicide in 1937. An English translation of his travel letters, Western Canada 1909, from the Frankfurter Zeitung was published by the Canadian Plains Research Centre in 1976.
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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.