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.

James C. MacDonald Memorial Award

Renowned for his leadership role in Family Law teaching, writing and reform, Jim was widely known for his compassion and intellect. After graduating from law school in British Columbia and practising for five years, he moved to Toronto and established MacDonald and Ferrier, Toronto?s first law firm specializing in family law. He later became the founding partner of MacDonald & Partners LLP which continues to practice exclusively family law today. Jim was a leading proponent of collaborative law and believed that litigation was a forum of last resort for family law matters. This award will be given to a JD student in 2nd or 3rd year who has demonstrated strong academic standing in family law; an interest in pursuing the practice of family law; an interest in alternative dispute resolution and collaborative family law; and has contributed to the community and/or student life at Osgoode. Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates financial need.
Application Process

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.