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.

Clara Thomas Doctoral Scholarship in Canadian Literature

Description
Named in honour of Clara Thomas, LL.D, F.R.S.C. (1919-2013), a distinguished founding member of the Department of English and an eminent scholar, biographer, critic, advocate and teacher of Canadian Literature, this scholarship is designed to provide support for full-time doctoral students in the Graduate Program in English who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in the field of Canadian Literature, have successfully completed their comprehensive examinations and are embarked on the research for and/or writing a dissertation in the field of Canadian Literature. At the student's request, up to $2,000 of the total award value may be taken as research allowance.
Appliction Process
To apply, students should submit a written letter of application of the Graduate Program Director in English which outlines their program of work over the twelve-month period of the award and detailing how this progress will contribute to the completion of their dissertation. Applications must also include a copy of the approved dissertation proposal (including the TD1 page with supervisory committee signed approvals), an up-to-date CV and a letter from the student's supervisor which assesses the applicant and the project. In addition, students electing to accept up to $2,000 of the award as a research allowance must indicate so in their application by including a budget detailing their anticipated expenses and at the termination of the award, must submit receipts and relevant documents for expenses claimed. Applications are due to the Graduate Program in English by March 15. The successful applicant will be announced mid-April, and the first installment of the funds will be posted to the student's account in May.

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.