Engage: Outgoing Global Learning Funding

York University has a variety of scholarships and awards available to help students offset the costs of travel. Please review the list below for more information on eligibility, scholarship/award amounts, and deadlines to apply.

York International Mobility Award

The York International Mobility Award is a travel subsidy provided to degree-seeking students in support of their participation in global learning opportunities. Global learning opportunities include academic exchanges, short term programs, faculty-led programs, co-operative/experiential learning programs, research placements, and academic conferences/competitions. *

Eligibility: 

  • Students must be accepted on a global learning opportunity administered by York International, Glendon, or Osgoode. (Note: Schulich Business students are not eligible for this award)
  • Students must complete an online application 
  • Students must adhere to and complete the Safety Abroad procedures before funding will be processed 

Award Amounts:

Note: Award amounts may vary from year to year based on available funds and number of student applicants.

1. York International Exchange Program (minimum of three months)

Destination Funding
Americas USA - Continental Up to $500
USA - Hawaii Up to $800
Caribbean and Central America Up to $500
Northern South America Up to $500
Southern South America Up to $800
Europe Western Europe Up to $700
Eastern Europe Up to $900
Africa   Up to $1000
Asia: Pacific, The Middle East & Central Asia Middle East & Central Asia Up to $900
Asia Up to $1000
Indian Subcontinent Up to $1000
Australia & New Zealand Up to $1200

2. Other Exchange Programs (minimum of three months)

Up to $1000 depending on destination and mobility funds available.

3. Internships and Placements

Funding to be reviewed depending on duration, destination and mobility funds available. 

4. Short-Term Programs (less than three months)

Up to $500 depending on program type, duration, destination and mobility funds available. 

Deadline: 

Applications are assessed and funds are administered throughout the year on a bi-weekly basis.

York International Internship Award

  • Students who are selected to participate in our Global Internships are eligible to receive the York International Internship Award which is meant to assist in offsetting expenses incurred while pursuing the Global Internship. Each position can receive an award of $3000 which is offered in three monthly installments. The first installment is disbursed after completion of the mandatory safety abroad training and completion of steps. 
  • Unsure of the internships that are eligible for the YIIA funding – visit our Global Internships page to learn more 

 

Endowed Awards

York International is pleased to be able to assist students in accessing scholarship and bursary funding to help offset the cost of their participation in a Global Learning Initiative. Below is information about the specific awards available to students going abroad.

  • Applications to open in October 2022 for students abroad in the FW2022-23 academic year
  • Students can apply while abroad on their exchange program
  • Students who receive an endowed award will not be eligible for YIMA funding 

Paulina Lau Scholar Program

Amount: up to $7,500
Deadline: Online applications will open in October 2022
How to Apply: Online applications will open in October 2022

The Paulina Lau Scholars Program was created to benefit undergraduate and graduate students travelling overseas to engage in coursework, research or internships. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need and are in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Lassonde School of Engineering or the Faculty of Science. Applicants must articulate "impact" in their application by explaining how their global learning placements will positively shape their personal and professional goals and cross-cultural learning. This scholarship program is established by York alums and life partners Hian Siang Chan, Paulina Lau and their family to inspire future generations of students to right the future. To learn more about these illustrious alumni, please click here.

Global Skills Opportunity

Award amounts: Up to $8000* (*Funding would depend on duration of your study, work, or research abroad which will be configured to best fit your degree path and objectives.

GSO funding amounts:

  • Short-term (~<4 weeks): CAD $2000
  • Medium term (5-16 weeks): CAD $4000
  • Long-term (17 weeks+): CAD $8000.)

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program Global Skills Opportunity (GSO), York University Go Global SDGs in Action Student Challenge aims to empower York students and their peers around the world to take action towards the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a global lens. Through facilitated discussions, workshops, and immersive abroad opportunities, York students and their peers will develop global competencies, leadership, digital fluency, and project management skills necessary to take action on SDGs. By participating in the program, students will learn and experience the opportunities and challenges in leading community action for social change.

How to apply: SDGs in Action 

Mann Award of Excellence for Study Abroad (All countries)

Value: 1 award, amount varies

This bursary was established through a gift from Dr. Susan Mann, President of York University, 1992-1997, to acknowledge her own introduction to study abroad by her parents.

Applicants must:

  • Be majoring in the Humanities, Social Science, Fine Arts or Sciences
  • Be pursuing full-time, 3rd year studies in a formal York University Exchange Program in a country outside of Canada and the United States
  • Have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need
  • Be a Canadian citizen/landed immigrant and Ontario resident

This award is not open to students at the Schulich School of Business or Osgoode School Law School.

International Study Abroad Award for Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (All countries)

The LA&PS International Study Abroad Award provides additional support to LA&PS students approved for study abroad experiences. Registered students who demonstrate academic excellence where a financial barrier inhibits their participation in a study abroad experience are welcome to apply.

Eligibility: LA&PS degree-seeking students (domestic and international) must be currently enrolled in a Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies program, have a minimum GPA of 5.00, and be approved to study abroad in one of the following:

  • Academic Exchanges with one of York University’s official partner universities
  • York Global Internships
  • YorkU Abroad course
  • An international study abroad experience in a LA&PS school/department course (attach confirmation from your professor)
  • Independent study abroad, either one or two courses or one term or a full year, with an internationally accredited institution approved with a Letter of Permission (submit copy of LOP form).
  • Practicum abroad (attach letter from practicum coordinator)
  • International conference presentation outside Canada (email of abstract acceptance required)

Requirements: “Give something back” by attending a study abroad session with LA&PS Dean’s Office to share your experiences upon your return.

Apply: Application form is found within the ‘Funding’ section of the LA&PS Student Resources website.

Sean O’Sullivan and Lydia Evans International Experience Award (All countries)

Value: 1 award, amount varies

This award will be awarded to an undergraduate student participating in an official International Exchange Program through York Interntaional who has not travelled outside of the country (Canada) before. Students must have a minimum GPA of 6.00 to qualify.

Applicants must:

  • Have demonstrated financial need
  • Confirm, in the written statement part of the application that they have not travelled outside Canada prior to the exchange.
  • Be a Canadian citizen/landed immigrant and Ontario resident

This award is not open to students at the Schulich School of Business or Osgoode Law School.

HSBC Exchange Award (All countries)

Applicable countries: All

Value: 1 award, amount varies

This bursary will be awarded to undergraduate or graduate degree students participating in an official York University-wide Exchange program through York International and facing social. Financial or personal barriers that could  (or may) inhibit their participation in an international educational program. Students must have a minimum GPA of 6.00 to qualify.

Applicants must:

  • Have demonstrated financial need
  • Confirm, in the written statement part of the application, what social, financial or personal barriers they are facing
  •  Be a Canadian citizen/landed immigrant and Ontario resident

This award in not open to students at the Schulich School of Business or Osgoode Law.

Ahrens Scholarship (Austria/Germany)

Value: 1 award, amount varies

Applicants must:

  • Have at least a B+ average (7.0 GOA)
  • Have elected to travel to Germany/Austria under the year-abroad program

Selection is made by the faculty of Arts, with preference given to a student majoring in German or German Studies.

Hong Kong University Alumni University Association Exchange Award (China)

Value: 1 award, amount varies

The Hong Kong University Alumni Association (Ontario) established this award to promote a better understanding of Chinese culture and heritage among York students through academic, extra-curricular or personal activities.

Applicants must:

  • Be registered on exchange at a Hong Kong university through an official York University exchange program
  • Be a Canadian citizen/permanent resident, and Ontario resident as defined by the Ontario Student Assistance Program
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of C+ (5.0) and demonstrate financial need

This award is not open to students at the Schulich School of Business.

The John Marden Bursary (China)

Value: 1 award, amount varies

Made possible by a donation from Anne Marden, in honour of her husband, John, a former chair of the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce. The bursary is administered by the East Asian Studies Department. It is awarded annually to a graduate or undergraduate who is studying about Hong Kong or who is going on an exchange to Hong Kong.

Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a Canadian citizen/landed immigrant and Ontario resident
  • The application form for this bursary is available from the East Asian Studies Department

This award is not open to students at the Schulich School of Business

The Joseph Webber Memorial Fund for International Education (Germany

Value: Multiple awards, variable amounts

The Joseph Webber Memorial Fund for International Education honours the memory of Joseph Webber in accordance with his conviction that international study plays an important role in student's academic and personal development. The bursary will be awarded annually to both graduate and undergraduates (in approximately equal numbers) who have been selected by York University to study at a university in (1) Germany, (2) Europe, or (3) another country as part of their York degree program. Applicants must:

  • demonstrate financial need
  • be a Canadian citizen/landed immigrant and Ontario resident
  • submit a report on their experiences to York International upon their return

This award is not open to students at the Schulich School of Business.

Mark and Janet Webber Award (Germany)

Value: 1 award, variable amount

Priority for the award in an undergraduate student in German Studies who will be participating in a study-related stay abroad (priority will be given to going to Germany and then Europe). Students in a humanities discipline, studying in Germany or Europe can be considered if necessary.

Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a Canadian citizen/landed immigrant and Ontario resident
  • Demonstrate a record of community service

This award is not open to students at the Schulich School of Business

Aditya Jha Award for Jawaharlal Nehru University academic Exchange Program (India)

Value: Variable amounts

This award is intended to promote the internationalization of York University’s curriculum by reducing the financial barriers that prevent students from participating in international study opportunities. Recipient must be registered at York in a degree program and selected to participate in the approved formal exchange program with Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate academic merit (cumulative GPA of 6.0)
  • Demonstrate finaicial need
  • Be an Ontario resident, who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person

This award is not open to students at the Schulich School of Business.

The Annunziata Di Ponio Award (Italy, Greece, Spain)

Value: Variable

Award recipients must be registered at York in a degree program and selected to participate in an approved formal exchange program or approved international study abroad program in Italy, Greece or Spain. Recipients must be able to demonstrate financial need as a barrier to participation, as this award is intended to reduce the extra cost of studying and/or working overseas for York University students. Recipients will also be asked by York International to submit a Returning Student Report upon completion of their time overseas, which will be shared with the donor, Nancy Beltrame.

Growing up as a young girl in Italy, Annunziata Di Ponio (now known as Nancy Beltrame) was not allowed to complete elementary school. Nevertheless, she graduated from York in 2006 at the age of 66, with a double major in Italian and Spanish. She emigrated to Canada at the age of 17, and the priest that married her the following year advised that she shorten her name to Nancy to avoid discrimination (her married name became Beltrame). In Canada, she raised four children in Thornhill, Ontario. After a miraculous recovery from a brain tumor on Christmas morning, 1998, she decided to spend several weeks each year traveling to third world countries to provide assistance and supplies to people living in poverty. Despite a life of incredible adversary, she enrolled at York University once her children were grown, to finally pursue dream of obtaining a solid education. Having only completed grade 5, and with classmates who were several decades her junior, this was no easy task. Her rich life experience, extreme dedication, perseverance and passion enabled her to succeed, and to participate in two of York International’s academic exchange programs in Italy and Greece.

Nancy Beltrame is a fine example of what it means to “redefine the possible” and York. Now, as a graduate, she wishes to enable more York students to participate in the University’s international academic exchange programs. With the help of her proud family and friends, she has generously established the Annunziata Di Ponio Award, in her original Italian name, to remember that little girl who always wanted to get an education.

This award is not open to students at the Schulich School of Business.

Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies scholarships (Israel)

Value: 10 awards, amount varies

The awards are all based at York and adjudication is through the Centre for Jewish Studies.

Visit their website for more information and a link to the application for these awards and the deadline information.

The Kim Kyong-Won Award (South Korea)

Value: 1 Award, amount varies

Awarded annually to a York University student who is participating in a York Korea exchange/study abroad program. The recipient must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 6.0. Second preference is for a Korean student registered at York on an exchange/study abroad program, who is interested in the arts and/or social sciences. No application is required, recipients will be selected based on academic merit.

Students at the Schulich School of Business will be considered for this award.

The York-Sweden Exchange Bursary (Sweden)

Value: 1 award, amount varies

The York-Sweden Exchange Bursary is available to a full-time registered degree-seeking student who is nominated to one of York’s university-wide exchange programs with a partner in Sweden and who demonstrates that financial need is a barrier to participation. First consideration for the award will go to a student selected for exchange with Umea University, Umea, Sweden. Students selected for York’s other Swedish exchange programs will be considered if there is no student nominated for Umea or the students nominated for Umea do not show need.

Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate financial need

This award is not open to students at the Schulich School of Business

The Hakan Berggren Fellowship (Sweden)

Value: up to 2 awards, amount varies

This Fellowship has been established by the members of the Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce to recognize the contribution of Ambassador Berggren to Canada-Sweden relationships and the academic linkages between Sweden and Canada. The Fellowship can support up to two students annually who are participating in the Swedish study abroad program -- a Swedish student studying at York and a York student studying at a Swedish university.

This award is not open to students at the Schulich School of Business