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.

Canada Life Community Agency Student Internship (CASI) Awards

The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS) Internship Awards Program (IAP) aims to encourage students to engage with organizations, whose work addresses key issues of social and economic justice. The purpose of Canada Life CASI Awards initiative is to provide students with valuable and relevant experiential education opportunities, engage in meaningful work integrated learning experiences, while offering much needed support to community agencies that are unable to offer paid opportunities. The awards will be available to all LA&PS Honours students in 3rd year, who have completed a minimum of 54 credits or 4th year students who have at least 15 credits remaining to graduate. In order to qualify for this award, students must: have a minimum GPA of 6.0; be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada or Indigenous Person of Canada; demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need (if applicable) Students are eligible to receive the internship award only once during their undergraduate studies at York The Great-West Lifeco, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, owns a number of subsidiaries including Canada Life Financial, for whom these awards are named. The CASI internship awards are part of Great-West Life's investment in higher education and communities, in keeping with its corporate social responsibility strategy.
Application Process
Applicants must complete and submit the following: 1) LA&PS Internship Award Application ( ? Please complete the application in its entirety 2) Resume 3) Statement of Purpose ? Please prepare an essay, between 250 and 500 words and include the following: a. Identify why you are interested in this internship position and organization. b. Explain how the proposed internship will be a valuable experience, and identify how this internship relates to your career goals. c. Briefly describe your financial situation and explain how receiving this award will add to your education and future intentions. 4) One Letter of Recommendation ? Include a recommendation from a faculty member or a current/previous supervisor. The letter should outline your strengths, motivation and suitability for the internship. More information including relevant timelines is available online at

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.