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.

Iristel Undergraduate Scholarship

The Iristel Undergraduate Scholarship has been established to reward academic performance and lab proficiency and to encourage students in their 3rd and 4th year of study to pursue a career in optical physics or biophotonics. The award will be granted to students enrolled in their 3rd or 4th year of an Honours or Specialized Honours program in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Iristel Inc., a leader in Canadian telecommunications, has been an innovator and industry disrupter since Samer Bishay graduated from York University's Space and Communications program in 1998 and applied his technology talents to launch the company from his apartment. Today, Iristel and its affiliate companies operate from the Pacific to Atlantic and up to the Arctic, offering Canadian businesses and consumers advanced communications services of all types. Samer and his company are passionate about helping bright Canadians enter this exciting and ever-changing industry with the best possible academic knowledge and work related experience. The aim of the annual Iristel Awards for York undergraduate and graduate students, along with hands on training in the Optics Lab, is to encourage bright, inquisitive minds.
Application Process
To be eligible, students must have demonstrated academic excellence (defined as min. 7.5 gpa) and proficiency in lab work related to physics. Applicants must submit a CV, an unofficial transcript and a one page statement outlining their interest in pursuing a career in experimental physics or biophotonics. Recipients of this award will be granted the opportunity to interview for an internship with the donor.

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.