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.

The Dorothy and H. Ian Macdonald MFA in Theatre Award

The Dorothy and H. Ian Macdonald MFA in Theatre Award supports students in the MFA in Theatre Stage Direction program. H. Ian Macdonald is President Emeritus of York University. He served as President and Vice-Chancellor for more than 10 years, from 1974 to 1985. He was also director of the Master of Public Administration Program and a professor of economics and public policy at the Schulich School of Business. He had a distinguished career in academia, the Ontario provincial government, the private sector and with international agencies. In 1958, Ian met Dorothy in the former Britnell's Bookstore, they were soon married and had 5 wonderful children and 6 grandchildren. To celebrate their 59+ years of marriage, and their passion for theatre and enjoyment of live performances, along with their association with the Canadian Stage Theatre Company, Ian and Dorothy decided to create this award to benefit Masters-level students in York's Theatre Program.
Application Process
Department will send out a call for nominations.

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.