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.

Susan Vella Social Justice Award

The Susan Vella Social Justice Award will be awarded to a second or third year J.D. student who (i) demonstrates an interest in the delivery of legal services to low and/or marginalized populations in the areas of sexualized misconduct and/or domestic violence, such as by participation in Osgoode clinics such as CLASP, the Feminist Advocacy: Ending Violence Against Women Clinical Program, or Parkdale Community Legal Services, (ii) high academic achievement (minimum of B average), and (iii) demonstrates financial need. While a student at Osgoode, Susan Vella ?86 was a student leader at Community and Legal Services Program (CLASP). This award was created to mark a milestone birthday. The award?s intent is to recognize a law student?s demonstrated commitment to advocacy in the areas of sexualized misconduct and/or domestic violence, including representing the interests of survivors of sexualized misconduct and/or domestic violence, and defending the rights of those alleged to have committed those forms of abuse. As a lawyer, Susan was a pioneer in developing the area of civil liability for sexual abuse in Canada. She was counsel on several landmark civil cases, authored many articles and co-authored a textbook (Civil Liability for Sexual abuse and Violence in Canada, 2000), and served as counsel to various public inquiries and a provincial Task Force involving issues of sexual and other forms of violence.
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.