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.

William and Marguerite Davey Award

The William and Marguerite Davey Award has been established by K.G. Davey, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in Biology, and former Chair in Biology, Dean of Science and Vice President Academic to honour the memory of his parents. Although of modest education and very limited circumstances, they ensured a university education for their son, and through weekly family visits to the local library, implanted in him a love of books and of learning that led to an extraordinarily satisfying life of scientific scholarship. This award will be granted to a student entering the final year of an honours program in Biology at York who will be undertaking graduate study involving research in non-human biology at York or another University, and who, in the opinion of the faculty member most familiar with his or her work, shows the greatest promise as a researcher. To be eligible, the recipient must be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident or protected person and a resident or protected person and a resident of Ontario, who demonstrates financial need with a minimum 6.0 (B) GPA. If no qualified undergraduate student is available, the award can be made to a student entering the graduate program in Biology at York who meets the above criteria.
Application Process
Candidates may apply or be nominated by a professor. All candidates must fill out the current Student Financial Profile at In addition, applicants must submit a statement that speaks to his/her career goals, and should include an acknowledgement that the award is intended for students who intend to make a career in scientific research, and should explain how the student intends to reach that objective. The application must also contain a letter from at least one faculty member, who is familiar with the student's work. This letter must also acknowledge the requirement that the student have the goal of a career in research. Preference may be given to students who have participated in a summer research internship, a RAY internship or similar program, demonstrating an interest in research. Both the statement and supporting letter should be submitted to 102 Life Sciences Building.

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.