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.
All awards listed on this website are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
The Odessa Prize for the Study of Canada will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student enrolled in a 4th year course who is judged to have written the best essay in French or English on a topic relevant to the study of Canada (i.e. Canadian history, Politics, Environment, Society, Culture, Literature, or Fine Arts).
The Odessa Prize is made possible by the generous donation of York alumnus Irvin Studin (BBA Schulich, PhD Osgoode Hall Law School), past Rhodes Scholar, captain and two time soccer All-Canadian with York University's men's varsity soccer team. The Odessa Prize is dedicated to Studin's parents, Yuri and Sima, both of whom hail from the famous port city of Odessa. The award was originally founded through the combined contributions of the many writers in Studin's 2006 book 'What is a Canadian?' (McClelland & Stewart).
Please contact the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studeis for information on the call for essays, 416-736-5499.
How to Interpret the Awards Search Results
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:
- Bursaries are based on financial need. Therefore, students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
- Scholarships are based on academic merit. Therefore, students with high academic standing are encouraged to apply.
- Awards are based on both academic merit and financial need. Therefore, students with high academic standing and financial need are encouraged to apply.
The value of this award.
4. No. of Awards
The number of these awards offered each year.
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.