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Entrance Scholarships and Awards for new Master and Phd Students

Value: up to $12,500
Deadline: April 27
Number of Awards: 1

The Charles Caccia Graduate Award in Sustainable Development is awarded to graduate students at the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change at York University, to support their research related to environmental and sustainable development. Recipients must have a minimum “B” average, or a pass “P” in Environmental Studies, be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and must demonstrate financial need.

How to apply
Applications for this award are accepted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies

Value: $1,000 approximately
Deadline: April 15
Number of Awards: 
1

Eligibility

  • The Donald Biback and Family Entrance Scholarship will be awarded annually to students entering the MES Planning Program in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change at York University. To be eligible students must be entering their first year of the MES Planning program and demonstrate academic excellence (minimum average of A). This award was established by Donald Biback, alumni of the MES Planning Program and his family. Donald is a graduate of the MES Planning Program and recognizes the importance of giving back and helping students further their careers.

Criteria

  • Consideration will be given to all incoming applicants to the MES Planning Program in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change at York University who demonstrate academic excellence (minimum average of A) and whose research will be associated with Planning.

How to Apply

  • Step One: Prepare a-one-page statement of research with their application package that demonstrates alignment of their proposed program and research with the Planning Program
  •  Step Two: Update your Curriculum Vitae (CV), or a resume.
  • Step Three: Complete the application form by April 15.

Value: $2,500
Deadline: April
15
Number of Awards: 
2

Purpose

The Honourable George and Helen Vari generously donated this award to support graduate students entering their first year in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University. Recipients are selected based on financial need and academic merit. Recipients must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and Ontario residents.

Eligibility

  • This award is open to graduate students entering their first year of their master’s degree program in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change.

Criteria

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident; be an Ontario resident.
  • demonstrate financial need on a bursary application.
  • be a student entering his/her first-year of the MES program.
  • have a good academic record.

How to Apply

Additional Information

Take note: The value and number of award(s) in any given year will depend on the rate of distribution from the endowment fund, and the number of recipients selected.

Value:  $2000 Financial Aid bursary or a $5,000 Financial aid and research bursary
Deadline: 
April 15
Number of Awards: 
Up to 8 at $2000, 1 at $5000

Purpose

The Han Shan Sih Buddhist Society Bursary is an award intended to provide $2000 in financial aid to students entering their first year of the MES program of the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change or $5000 financial aid for MES graduate students with a research focus in religious, spiritual or ethical issues.

Recipients must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and Ontario residents.

Application Deadline is April 15.

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Eligibility

  • This award is open to graduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change at York University.
  • Student must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and an Ontario resident.

Criteria

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be an Ontario resident.
  • Demonstrate financial need on a bursary application

How to apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Faculty of Graduate Studies' Student Financial Profile (SFP) 
  • Step 2: Complete the award application by April 15.
  • NB: If applying for the $5000 financial aid and research bursary, please prepare a statement on your research interest to upload within your application form.

Scholarships and Awards for Current Master and PhD Students

Value: $4,000
Deadline: 
April 30
Number of Awards: 
2

Purpose

The Adrienne and Donna Pocock Memorial Award was established in honour of the late Adrienne Pocock, a conscientious environmentalist devoted to grassroots care and concern for her world. The award will be given annually to graduate students in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change to support resources and/or travel related to their fieldwork. The award of winter of 2006 was granted to a student whose area of focus encompassed the Canadian environment and the award continues to be intended for students whose work incorporates consideration of Canada, children, animals or aboriginal issues in relationship to the environment.

Eligibility

  • The award is open to current graduate students at the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change.

Criteria

  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • This award is intended for students whose work incorporates consideration of Canada, children, animals or aboriginal issues in relationship to the environment. Applicants will be judged based on the quality of their fieldwork proposal, including objective(s), deliverables, scope, and potential contribution towards environmental research and/or issues more broadly.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step Two: Prepare a 1-2-page description of proposed fieldwork activity by including a detailed budget, timeline and explanation of how the funds will be used.
  • Step Three: Contact your supervisor to request a reference for this award. They must submit this Reference Assessment Form to complete your application. Be sure to inform of them of the name of award you are requesting a reference for and its deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Step Four: Complete the application form by April 30

Additional Information

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Value: $6,000
Deadline: November 30 
Number of Awards: 
3

Purpose

Alectra Inc. Graduate Award in Sustainable Energy will be available to talented and eager EUC graduate students who wish to focus their studies in the areas of conservation, efficiency and/or renewable energy. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and must demonstrate financial need.

Criteria

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected persons.
  • Ontario resident.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Recipients will be selected based on academic achievement and area of focus for study.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step Two: Prepare a 500-word statement of research interest with their application package that demonstrates alignment of their proposed program and research with areas of conservation, efficiency and/or renewable energy.
  • Step Three: Complete the application form by November 30

Coming

Value: $1,280
Deadline: 
February 22
Number of Awards: 
Up to 2

Purpose

The dian marino Award was established in memory of dian, a visual artist, activist, educator and storyteller extraordinaire, who taught in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. She lived courageously with cancer and died in 1993. This fund supports students who creatively use multi-media tools of inquiry and modes of communication to critically explore environmental issues. This award gives preference to students who are committed to environmental and social justice.

Eligibility

  • This award is available to all students in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change who critically disrupt and playfully reframe the traditional boundaries of environmental teaching and learning. Given that dian was passionately committed to equity and diversity, the Faculty strongly encourages students from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Criteria

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be an Ontario resident.
  • Have a good academic record.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • This award is open to all EUC students (Bachelor, Master and PhD)

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step 2: Prepare a detailed budget outlining how the award money will be used.
  • Step 3: Prepare a brief description of the project and the form/medium of the project the award will fund and describe how the project reflects the purpose of this award.
  • Step 4: Request a faculty member to be a reference. They must submit this Reference Assessment Form to complete your application. Be sure to inform of them of the name of award you are requesting a reference for and its deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Step 5: Complete the award application by February 22.

Value: Open
Purpose:
Emergency bursary.

Eligibility

This award is available to all domestic students in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change who demonstrate financial need on a bursary application because of an unexpected and/or extenuating circumstance.

How to Apply

  • Send an email to the Director of OSAS, Josephine C. Zeeman at josecamp@yorku.caAlternatively, students may consult their Geography Graduate Program Assistant, Yvonne Yim at GRADgeog@yorku.ca, or the Graduate Program Coordinator and Advisor (position currently vacant – to be revised).

Value: $1,200*
Deadline: 
November 30 
Number of Awards:
 1

Purpose

This award results from funds raised by the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, as part of the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) program launched by the Ontario Government. The award was established to support master’s students registered full time in their second year of study.  They must demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

Eligibility

  • This award is open to students registered in the second year of their master’s program in the Faculty of Environmental Studies Program in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change.

Criteria

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Be an Ontario resident.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be registered full time in the second year of their master’s program in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change.
  • Be making normal progress in their program to qualify for the award, and they may not be carrying more than one incomplete grade from the previous term of study.
  • One academic reference to complete the reference assessment form
  • How to Apply
  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step Two: Prepare a one-page statement on your focus of study as well as your intention of completing your program.
  • Step Three: Request a faculty member to be a reference. They must submit this Reference Assessment Form to complete your application. Be sure to inform of them of the name of award you are requesting a reference for and its deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Step Four: Complete the application form by November 30

*Additional Information

Take note: The value and number of award(s) in any given year will depend on the rate of distribution from the endowment fund, and the number of recipients selected.

Value: $1,500
Deadline: 
February 22
Number of Awards: 
3

Purpose

The EUC Graduate Award in Energy Studies is an annual award to support a graduate student in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change with an approved Plan of Study for MES students, or an approved research proposal for Geography Master’s students that demonstrates a focus on Energy Studies.

Eligibility

  • This award is open to all master’s graduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change at York University. The award is intended for master’s students with an approved plan of Study for MES students, or an approved research proposal for Geography students that a demonstrates a focus on Energy studies. Student must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and an Ontario resident, demonstrates a good academic record and financial need.

Criteria

  • Be a master’s student in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change with an approved plan of Study for MES students, or an approved research proposal for Geography students that a demonstrates a focus on Energy studies.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be an Ontario resident.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Students wishing to be considered for the award will be required to submit a 200 word statement outlining their interests in energy studies, an approved Plan of Study with a clearly defined focus on energy, a draft or final approved research proposal and one academic reference to complete the reference assessment form from a teaching faculty member familiar with the student’s energy interests and her/his Plan of Study.

Documentation

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step Two: Prepare a 200 word statement outlining your interests in energy study
  • Step Three: Prepare a copy of your Approved Plan of Study (MES) or Research Proposal (Geography) with a clearly defined focus on energy
  • Step Four: Step Three: Contact a faculty member to be your reference. They must submit this Reference Assessment Form to complete your application. Be sure to inform of them of the name of award you are requesting a reference for and its deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Step Five: Complete the award application by April 8.

Value: $1,000
Deadline: 
February 22
Number of Awards: 
1

Purpose

The Scholarship is an individual distinction awarded to graduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change, York University based on excellence in their past work in the Faculty and on the quality of written proposals in an annual competition. The Scholarship is intended to provide encouragement to students who wish to pursue scholarly research or other appropriate activities in the field of environmental studies, and to make possible more extensive research activities by graduate students than would otherwise be feasible.

Eligibility

  • This scholarship is open to continuing full time graduate students registered in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University.

Criteria

  • Detailed description of the proposed research activity. This should include a brief description of the research activity, description of research design, a time schedule, and a detailed budget (up to $1000). This proposal is not to exceed 10 double spaced pages in length;

Terms and Conditions

  • An individual student will be eligible for only one EUC Graduate Research Scholarship during their course of study.
  • The committee may decide to split the award, or it may decide not to award the scholarship in any given year.
  • Recipients are required to submit a report to the Research and Awards Committee outlining their research activities within one year of the announcement of the award. Such students may be requested to give a seminar at the Faculty based on the research undertaken with the support of the scholarship.

How to Apply

  • Step One: Prepare a statement indicating your wish to be considered for the scholarship.  The statement should include any other awards, assistantships or scholarships that you currently hold.
  • Step Two: Prepare a detailed description of your proposed research activity. This should include a brief description of the research activity, description of research design, a time schedule, and a detailed budget (up to $1000). This proposal is not to exceed 10 double spaced pages in length.
  • Step Three: Prepare a current Curriculum Vitae.
  • Step Four: Prepare a student history of your time in your program including terms of study and courses taken. NB: MES students can obtain their student history from the Graduate Dossier system.
  • Step Five: Contact two faculty members to be your references. They must submit this Reference Assessment Form to complete your application. Be sure to inform of them of the name of award you are requesting a reference for and its deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Step Six: Complete the application form by February 22.

Additional Information

Take note: The value and number of award(s) in any given year will depend on the rate of distribution from the endowment fund, and the number of recipients selected.

Value: $200 Maximum
Purpose:
Emergency bursary.

Eligibility

This award is available to all international students in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change who demonstrate financial need on a bursary application because of an unexpected and/or extenuating circumstance.

How to Apply

  • Send an email to the Director of OSAS, Josephine C. Zeeman at josecamp@yorku.caAlternatively, students may consult their Geography Graduate Program Assistant, Yvonne Yim at GRADgeog@yorku.ca, or the Graduate Program Coordinator and Advisor (position currently vacant – to be revised).

Value: Open

Deadline: November 30

Number of Awards: TBD

Eligibility

  • This award is available to enable students to undertake field research for a thesis/major paper/major project in the Las Nubes area of Costa Rica. The award is generally open to students who are registered in the second year of the Master in Environmental Studies Program at York University. This award is adjudicated by the Las Nubes Program Committee.

Criteria

  • The award is generally open to students who are registered in the second year of the Master in Environmental Studies Program at York University.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Prepare a research proposal which addresses a major theme of the Las Nubes Research and Conservation Program such as biodiversity measurement; monitoring and protection; protected area management; biological corridors; sustainable agriculture; and rural sustainability. Research must be field-based and interdisciplinary.
  • Step Two: Prepare an abstract of your research of Area of Concentration for your MES program.
  • Step Three: Contact two faculty members to be a reference. They must submit this Reference Assessment Form to complete your application. Be sure to inform of them of the name of award you are requesting a reference for and its deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please note: One of your references must be your research supervisor.
  • Step Four: Complete the award application by November 30

Value: Open
Deadline: March 1
Number of Awards: Open

Eligibility

  • The Gerald Carrothers Graduate Scholarship has been created to reflect the values which were the foundation on which the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change were based when it was formally established by York University in 1968, as the first Faculty of Environmental Studies in a Canadian university. This scholarship was established in honour of Gerald Carrothers, the founder and first dean of York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies and is intended to support graduate students in the Masters of Environmental Studies program, during the research and/or fieldwork stages of their program.

Criteria

  • Applicants interested in this award should contact the Graduate Program in Environmental Studies no later than March 1st, for further information and applying for disbursement in the Summer term for the year of consideration.
  • Eligible applicants must be in good academic standing, have an approved 'plan of study', and not be holding any assistantships for the term of research.
  • In addition applicants must demonstrate that their MES research methods and values complement those values on which the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change.
  • Applicants should display a strong command of the 'plan of study' indicating that they are well prepared to enter the final (research) phase, must take a transdisciplinary approach, and should encourage the goal of transformational change

Value: $1,200
Deadline: February 7
Number of Awards: 1

Purpose

This award will be granted to a Master of Environmental Studies Student who is active in promoting student life in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change through involvement in student government or volunteer activities.

Eligibility

  • Eligible candidates will have completed their Plan of Study and be progressing to Master of Environmental Studies II of the graduate program. Preference will be given to students who do not have a teaching, or research assistantship.

Criteria

  • Be a graduate student in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change with an approved Plan of Study with a clearly defined focus.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be an Ontario resident.
  • Demonstrate financial need on a bursary application.
  • Demonstrate a good academic record.

Additional Information

* Take note: The value and number of award(s) in any given year will depend on the rate of distribution from the endowment fund, and the number of recipients selected.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step Two: Request one academic reference for a faculty member. They must submit this Reference Assessment Form to complete your application. Be sure to inform of them of the name of award you are requesting a reference for and its deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Step Three: Prepare a 200 word statement outlining their involvement in student government or volunteer activities
  • Step Four: Prepare a copy of your approved Plan of Study with a clearly defined focus.
  • Step Five: Complete the award application by February 1.

Value: up to $500
Deadline: 
Fall activities: February 1, Winter activities: June 1, Summer activities: October 1

The Graduate in Environmental Studies Student Association (GESSA) has set up this fund to support MES students with the costs of specific research related activities (including travel expenses).

This fund is available for MES students in Fall, Winter and Summer terms and separate applications will be required per term.

How to Apply

Please contact GESSA at gessa.rtf@gmail.com prior to the deadlines listed above.

The Glen Frankfurter Conference Award will be granted to full-time MA or Ph.D. students enrolled in the graduate program of Geography who are conducting research in historical geography. Students must be in good academic standing and planning to present the results of their research at an academic conference in some capacity. Please contact the Graduate Program Office in Geography for more information.

For more information, please visit the Graduate Program in Geography's website.


The Glen Frankfurter Scholarship in Geography was established by Glen Frankfurter to encourage excellence in human geography. This award is offered annually to a Masters or Doctoral student, preferably in cultural/historical or economic geography, and will be granted to a student with an “A” average or better, or the student with the top academic performance in comparison to their peers.

For more information, please visit the Graduate Program in Geography's website.

Value: $1,500
Deadline: 
February 22
Number of Awards: 
1

Purpose

This award was established by family and friends in honour of Harold Mahabir, a member of the advisory team of the CIDA funded, Kenya Canada Energy Advisory project, which involved the Faculty of Environmental Studies, the Ontario Ministry of Energy and Ontario Hydro working with the Government of Kenya over a 7-year period beginning in 1985. Harold served brilliantly as the petroleum policy advisor and was responsible, in large measure, for the emergence of the National Oil Company of Kenya as a mechanism for ensuring competitive purchasing of oil supplies for the Nation of Kenya. Harold, who grew up in Trinidad and who believed passionately in life-long learning, was a great story teller, a bon vivant and a wonderful friend. The award will be given annually to a registered student in the second year of their Master of Environmental Studies at York University, who has a well-developed Plan of Study with Areas of Concentration addressing some aspect of international development.

Eligibility

  • Open to second-year Master of Environmental Studies students at the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change, York University.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be an Ontario resident.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Must have an approved Plan of Study addressing some aspect of international development.
  • Applicants must be registered full-time and in good academic standing at the time of application.

Criteria

  • Applicants will be judged based on demonstrated commitment to international development, reflected in a statement about international development and a copy of the Abstract from their Plan of Study, as well as demonstrated financial need.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step Two: Prepare a statement about your commitment to international development
  • Step Three: Prepare a copy of the Abstract from your Plan of Study
  • Step Four: Contact a faculty member to be a reference. They must submit this Reference Assessment Form to complete your application. Be sure to inform of them of the name of award you are requesting a reference for and its deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Step Five: Complete the application form by February 22.

Additional Information

At the discretion of the selection committee, multiple awards amounting to the total value may be awarded (e.g. 2 awards at $750 each).

Value: If awarded to Master’s: Up to $12,500*, if awarded to Doctoral: 1 award at up to $25,000 ortwo awards at up to $12,500*
Deadline: November 30 and April 30
Number of Awards: 1 or 2

Purpose

The Howard Daugherty Graduate Award in Neotropical Conservation is available to graduate students, at the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change, York University, to support their research related to neotropical conservation that is undertaken in the vicinity of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica and/or that contributes to meeting the goals of the Las Nubes Project. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and must demonstrate financial need.

Eligibility

Must be a Master's or doctoral student with
(a) Research related to Neotropical conservation that is undertaken in the vicinity of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica;
(b) Research that contributes to meeting the goals of the Las Nubes Project

Criteria

  • (a) Research related to Neotropical conservation that is undertaken in the vicinity of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica, and/or that contributes to meeting the goals of the Las Nubes Project.
    (b) Academic accomplishments;
    (c) Financial need

How to apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step 2: Prepare a statement of research that outlines how the award will be used to support the fieldwork, budget, timeline of research activities and the research outcomes.
  • Step 3: Prepare a copy of your Approved Research Proposal (from MES 2>3 exam);
  • Step 4: Prepare a copy of your current CV
  • Step 5: Complete the application form by November 30 (or February 21)

Additional Information

*Take Note: The value and number of award(s) in any given year will depend on the rate of distribution from the endowment fund, and the number of recipients selected

Value: up to $10,000

Number of Awards: up to 3

Deadline: April 27

Purpose

The Howard Daugherty International Graduate Award in Neotropical Conservation is available to international, visa graduate students, preferably doctoral candidates, at the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change, York University, to support their research related to neotropical conservation that is undertaken in the vicinity of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica and/or that contributes to meeting the goals of the Las Nubes Project. Recipients must have a minimum “B” average (GPA 6.00) and must demonstrate financial need.

Eligibility

Must be a Master's or doctoral student with
(a) Research related to Neotropical conservation that is undertaken in the vicinity of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica;
(b) Research that contributes to meeting the goals of the Las Nubes Project

Criteria

  • (a) Research related to Neotropical conservation that is undertaken in the vicinity of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica, and/or that contributes to meeting the goals of the Las Nubes Project.
    (b) Academic accomplishments;
    (c) Financial need

How to apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step 2: Prepare a statement of research that outlines how the award will be used to support the fieldwork, budget, timeline of research activities and the research outcomes.
  • Step 3: Prepare a copy of your Approved Research Proposal (from MES 2>3 exam);
  • Step 4: Prepare a copy of your current CV
  • Step 5: Complete the application form by April 27

Value: $1000
Deadline: 
November 30
Number of Awards: 1

Purpose

This bursary is supported by a former MES student who joined the program at mid-life and experienced significant personal transformation uncovering totally new areas of passion and positive engagement that rippled outward for many years.  The "It's Never Too Late to Transform Your Life and Impact the World Bursary" will provide support to full time students studying in the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program at York University who demonstrate financial need.

Eligibility

  • Students must be returning to school at mid-life after working for a period in order to pursue an alternative career path.

Criteria

  • Demonstrate Financial Need.
  • Demonstrate a change in Career Path leading them to pursue an MES degree.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step Two: Prepare a resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • Step Three: Prepare a statement describing your circumstances which led you to the decision to leave your employment arrangements to pursue an MES degree
  • Step Four: Complete the application form by November 30

Additional Information

In any year where a recipient cannot be identified based on these terms, the bursary will be granted to a full time MES student in good academic standing who demonstrates financial need.

Value: up to $12,500
Deadline: 
November 30
Number of Awards: 
1

Purpose

The Jim MacNeill Award is named in honour of Jim NacNeill's outstanding contribution to promoting sustainable development. This award supports incoming MES/LLB students in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change. The joint MES/LLB program was established in 1974 to encourage the integration of these two critical fields: environmental studies and law.

Eligibility

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents and/or protected persons who are residents of Ontario
  • Selection criteria includes:
    • Incoming MES/JD student
    • Academic accomplishments
    • Financial need

Note: The student must be registered full-time for the upcoming academic year (Fall/Winter).

Selection Process

  • The admissions committee in the Graduate Program in Environmental Studies is encouraged to review all admission applications to the program to identify eligible students for nomination. The committee will identify potential nominees and request the appropriate documentation. Click here for more information.

Additional Information

The value and number of award(s) in any given year will depend on the rate of distribution from the endowment fund and the number of recipients selected. Non-renewable.

Value: $1,450 (subject to change)
Deadline: November 30 or February 22  
Number of Awards: 1

Purpose

This award has been established in memory of Professor Emeritus John A. Livingston, naturalist and internationally renowned writer on natural history and natural philosophy. Professor Livingston was a key player in the development of the Faculty of Environmental Studies and a prominent figure in biological conservation in Canada.

Eligibility

  • This award is available to a graduate student in the Master or PhD programs in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change whose academic interests reflect Professor Livingston’s passion for ecology and the natural world.

Criteria

  • The candidate must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, a resident of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. Students must submit a statement (maximum 500 words) outlining their area of academic interest to the natural environment or ecological consciousness.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step Two: Prepare a statement (maximum 500 words) outlining your area of academic interest in the natural environment or ecological consciousness.
  • Step Three: Contact two faculty members to be references for this award. They must submit this Reference Assessment Form to complete your application. Be sure to inform of them of the name of award you are requesting a reference for and its deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Step Four: Complete the application form by November 30 or February 22.

Additional Information

Take note: The value and number of award(s) in any given year will depend on the rate of distribution from the endowment fund, and the number of recipients selected.

Value: $980
Deadline: 
February 22
Number of Awards: 
1 or 2 subject to funds available in a given year

Purpose

This scholarship honours the memory of Professor John Page who taught in the Faculty of Environmental Studies from 1971 until his death in 1988. In recognition of his dedication and contribution to the broad area of planning and human settlements, this scholarship is open to students registered full time in the Master of Environmental Studies Program at York University with an area of concentration in planning and have a student membership in the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be full-time students in good standing in the Master of Environmental Studies Program at MES II or MES III level at York University with an area of concentration in planning and working towards becoming a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI).

Criteria

  • Must be in good standing and registered full-time at MES II or MES III level
  • Must be in be in the Planning program.
  • Must be working towards becoming a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI)
  • The scholarship will be granted to support the student’s full-time work in their final phase of the program.

How to Apply

  • Step One: Prepare a one-page summary of your current Plan of Study with your proposal.
  • Step Two: Confirm your student membership to the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI)
  • Step Three: Complete the award application by February 22

Value: If 1 award, up to $14,000, if 2 awards, up to $7,000*
Deadline: 
April 30
Number of Awards:
 1-2*

Purpose

The Lambert Family Graduate Award in Neotropical Research & Conservation will be awarded to graduate students at the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change, York University, to support their fieldwork related to neotropical conservation, particularly work that is associated with the Las Nubes Project and is undertaken in the vicinity of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica and/or that contributes to meeting the goals of the Las Nubes Project.

Eligibility

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents and/or protected persons who are residents of Ontario are eligible. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Eligible Area of Study:
    (a) Fieldwork related to Neotropical conservation, especially related to research that is undertaken in the vicinity of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica;
    (b) Research that contributes to meeting the goals of the Las Nubes - see http://lasnubes.info.yorku.ca/.

Criteria

  • (a) Fieldwork and research related to Neotropical conservation, especially related to research that is undertaken in the vicinity of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve in Costa Rica, and/or that contributes to meeting the goals of the Las Nubes Project.
    (b) Academic accomplishments;

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step 2: Prepare a statement of research that outlines how the award will be used to support the fieldwork, budget, timeline of research activities and the research outcomes.
  • Step 3: Prepare a copy of your Approved Research Proposal (from MES 2>3 exam);
  • Step 4: Prepare a copy of your current CV
  • Step 5: Complete the application form by April 30

Take note:
* The value and number of award(s) in any given year will depend on the rate of distribution from the endowment fund, and the number of recipients selected.

Value: $2,400 (subject to change)
Deadline: November 30
Number of Awards: 
3

Purpose

This award was established in memory of the late Mark Nawrot, former student in the Master of Environmental Studies Program at York University. The purpose of this award is to assist a second-year full-time student in the Master of Environmental Studies Program at York University who demonstrates both excellence in scholarship as well as financial need. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent resident and must be Ontario residents.

Eligibility

  • This award is open to students registered in the second year of the Master of Environmental Studies Program at York University.

Criteria

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be an Ontario resident.
  • Include a copy of student's Plan of Study.
  • Include two reference assessments: one from the student's advisor and another from one other academic
  • The degree of excellence demonstrated by MES course evaluations will be considered.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step Two: Prepare a copy of your Plan of Study
  • Step Three: Contact two faculty members to be references for your application. They must submit this Reference Assessment Form to complete your application. Be sure to inform of them of the name of award you are requesting a reference for and its deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Step Four: Complete the award application by November 30

Additional Information

Take Note: The value and number of award(s) in any given year will depend on the rate of distribution from the endowment fund, and the number of recipients selected.

Value: $1,000
Deadline: 
July 5

Purpose

The MES-York Planning Alumni Committee (MYPAC) Award was established to support a full-time student in the Master of Environmental Studies program with an area of concentration in planning.

Eligibility

  • Recipients must be full-time students at York University (registered in at least 18 credits).
  • Students must be in the final phase of their program (MES III) with a student membership in the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI).

Criteria

  • Extent of the student's service and commitment to the planning community at York University.
  • Career objectives.
  • Academic performance.
  • Reference support.
  • Incomplete or ineligible applications will not be considered.

How to Apply

  • Step One: Prepare a one-page letter outlining your interest interests in planning; involvement and activities at York University, in the planning profession and community; and career objectives.
  • Step Two: Contact a faculty member to be a reference. They must submit this Reference Assessment Form to complete your application. Be sure to inform of them of the name of award you are requesting a reference for and its deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Step Three: Complete the award application by April 1.

Value: The first year $1,000 and then subsequent years, up to $5,000*
Deadline: 
April 30
Number of Awards: 
1

Purpose

Pat was a graduate student enrolled in the MES program who passed away in June 2015 after battling leukemia. A beloved member of FES community, Pat is remembered not only as a dedicated, passionate student but a warm and generous spirit. He taught people that love, kindness, and caring can be a power greater than ourselves. Pat was very committed to social justice for Indigenous people in Canada and as such this award will support students working in this area.

Eligibility

  • This Award is open to all graduate students in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change whose research focuses on, or is related to, aboriginal/indigenous urban studies/planning and who demonstrated financial need.

Criteria

  • Open to current registered graduate students in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change.
  • Research is focused on or related to aboriginal/indigenous urban studies/planning
  • Demonstrate financial need.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step Two: Prepare a one-page statement on how your research focuses on or is related to aboriginal/indigenous urban studies/planning
  • Step Three: Contact a faculty member to be a reference. They must submit this Reference Assessment Form to complete your application. Be sure to inform of them of the name of award you are requesting a reference for and its deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Step Four: Complete the award application by April 30

Additional Information

*The value and number of award(s) in any given year will depend on the rate of distribution from the endowment fund, and the number of recipients selected.

The Paul Simpson-Housley Award will be awarded annually to one MA/MSc graduate student in Geography with an outstanding thesis or major research paper (MRP) and one PhD student in Geography with an outstanding dissertation. Thesis, MRPs, and dissertations written and successfully defended any time during the previous academic year are eligible for consideration, with disbursements of the award to happen in the Winter Term. Applicants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, be Ontario residents*, and demonstrate financial need.

For more information, please visit the Graduate Program in Geography's website.

Value: $1400 approximately  * the value each year is dependent on the distribution from the endowment fund

Deadline: TBD

Number of Awards: 1

Eligibility: This award will be given to a graduate student who has successfully completed one semester of study in the field of urban or social geography (thesis or research paper option).  

Criteria: Preference will be given to a student studying issues related to metropolitan Toronto as the locale under study; further preference will be given to those studying housing issues. Must be an Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, resident of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. The selected recipient may only receive this award once during their period of study at York University.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step Two: Prepare a summer of your Plan of Study or Research Proposal.
  • Step Three: Complete the award application by TBD

Value: $1,500
Deadline: 
February 22
Number of Awards: 
2

Purpose

The Stantec Bursary in Planning will be granted to full time continuing graduate students completing the MES Planning Program or to a PhD student who is focusing their research on planning in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change who demonstrate financial need.

Eligibility

  • An application is required to be eligible for this award. All graduate students enrolled in the MES Planning Program or PhD students whose area of research is in planning at the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change are eligible to apply.

Criteria

  • Be an MES Planning Program or a PhD whose research is focusing on planning graduate in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person.
  • Be an Ontario resident.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step Two for PhD applicants only: Prepare a one-page statement describing your research on planning issues. NB: This step is not required for MES students as the information may be obtained through the EUC Dossier System.
  • Step Three: Complete the award application by February 22.

Value: $5,000
Deadline: February 22
Number of Awards: 3

Purpose

The Unilever Canada Graduate Award in Environmental & Urban Change is an annual award to support a graduate student who demonstrates a good academic record and financial need.

Eligibility

  • This award is open to all graduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change at York University. The award is intended for students with an area of concentration in sustainability. Students must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and an Ontario resident.

Criteria

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be an Ontario resident.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate a good academic record.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step Two: Prepare a 2-page summary of proposed research for major project/paper, thesis or dissertation.
  • Step Three: Contact two faculty members to be a reference. They must submit this Reference Assessment Form to complete your application. Be sure to inform of them of the name of award you are requesting a reference for and its deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Step Four: Complete the award application by February 22.

Value: $1,200
Deadline: November 30
Number of Awards: 1

Purpose

The Whitaker Family Bursary benefits full time graduate students, international and domestic in their first year of study in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change MES program.

Eligibility

  • To be eligible students must in the Master of Environmental Studies program and demonstrate financial need.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step Two: Complete the award application by November 30

Value: $1,000
Deadline: April 30 
Number of Awards: 1

Eligibility

  • This Award is for Master of Environmental Studies and PhD Environmental Studies students. Rewarding academic excellence. Available to second year MES students with an approved research proposal and 2-4 year, PhD students once the program plan has been approved. Open to students working in the areas of protected area management, tourism and recreation planning and management, and resource management with a geographical focus on Canada or the Caribbean.

Criteria

  • Be a second year MES student with an approved research proposal, or a 2-4 year PhD Environmental Studies student once their program plan has been approved.
  • Open to students working in the areas of protected area management, tourism and recreation planning and management, and resource management with a geographical focus on Canada or the Caribbean.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Complete the Office of Student and Financial Services' Student Financial Profile (SFP) When you visit the SFP website, please select APPLY NOW to complete your submission.
  • Step Two: Prepare a research proposal which addresses a major theme of working in the areas of protected area management, tourism and recreation planning and management, or resource management with a geographical focus on Canada or the Caribbean.
  • Step Three: Contact two faculty members to be a reference. They must submit this Reference Assessment Form to complete your application. Be sure to inform of them of the name of award you are requesting a reference for and its deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Step Four: Complete the award application by April 30

Questions? Contact us at EUCAwards@yorku.ca