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.

Ferdinands Family Prize for Studies in Immigration, Citizenship and Transitions for New Canadians

The Ferdinands Family Prize for Studies in Immigration, Citizenship and Transitions for New Canadians has been established in honour of Jean and Sherwin Ferdinands, whose tremendous sacrifice, support and dedication has enabled their children to thrive and achieve academic excellence in post-secondary studies at York University. An annual prize of $1,000 will be awarded to a graduate student in the Graduate Program in Education who has written the best paper on immigration, education or citizenship with a focus on the issues facing new Canadians.
Appliction Process
Faculty members can nominate student papers, or students can submit their papers for adjudication. Nomination packages must include a cover sheet and a copy of the paper be submitted for consideration. Deadline for nomination each year is January 1; the paper may be a thesis, major research paper, dissertation or a chapter, and it must have been written in the previous Winter, Summer or Fall term. The Graduate Program in Education Awards Committee considers all nominated papers and determines the winning paper each year.

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.