Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

There are limited scholarships and bursaries available to international students who are currently enrolled at York University. You are encouraged to review the available funding for international students and apply for all that you qualify for. In order to be considered for many of York’s scholarships, bursaries and on-campus employment programs, you must electronically submit a Student Financial Profile (SFP). Please read below for more information about financial support for international students.
International Student Funding
STUDENT FINANCIAL PROFILE (SFP) The Student Financial Profile is a multipurpose online application form that is used to apply for many of York’s scholarships and awards. You should complete the SFP at the start of each academic session (once for Fall-Winter and once for Summer) to be considered for a variety of programs. Your will be asked to log in with your Passport York account to complete and submit your Student Financial Profile.
Awards and Bursaries available to International Undergraduate Students at York include:
  • Entrance Scholarships
  • York University Continuing Student Scholarship
  • International Undergraduate Student Bursary
  • Limited financial supports and resources for international students
Visit Student Financial Services for more information on any of the awards above and other financial resources for international students.

International Student Emergency Bursary

The International Student Emergency Bursary is available for international students who are experiencing unexpected or emergency financial need due to unforeseen circumstances. The International Student Emergency Bursary is not intended to cover tuition fees. Instead, it is intended to support expenses that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances. Some reasons why an international student may be eligible for an emergency bursary include:
  • Victim of a scam or phishing scheme;
  • Natural disaster at home leading to a significant change in financial situations;
  • Risk of insecure housing;
  • Risk of insecure access to food.

Eligibility Criteria:

Students must:

  1. Be registered as an active student in the current academic term.
  2. Be registered in an undergraduate or graduate program at York University.
  3. Be an international student at York University.
  4. Have completed the Student Financial Profile prior to applying for emergency support.
  5. Have explored all other sources of financial support such as family support, savings, loans, work, etc.

This bursary does not support:

  • Cost of international tuition fees.
  • Higher cost of living due to de-valued international currency.
  • Non-urgent or non-emergency related issues.

Bursary Award:

  • These are one-time awards; students can only receive this emergency bursary once through the academic year (i.e. May 2024 to April 2025).
  • Emergency bursaries will range from $200-$500 per student.
  • Extenuating circumstances will be considered and assessed on a case-by-case basis for bursaries that may exceed $500.

Application Process:

Processing and Decisions: 

  • We strive to review and assess bursary applications twice a month.
  • Please allow 10-15 business days for your application to be reviewed.
  • Students will be notified of successful decisions by email after their application has been reviewed by York International, up to 15 business days. 
  • Only eligible students will receive an email notification.


  • Successful bursary recipients will see their emergency bursary posted to their Online Student Account.
  • Automatic refund requests will be made to ensure recipients receive their bursary funds as quickly as possible.
  • To ensure a timely process, students must update their Banking Information with the university, by clicking on “create or update my banking information” on the Student Financial Services website.
  • Those who do not have direct deposit enabled will receive a physical cheque in the mail. This is a slower process than direct deposit, so we encourage you to update your banking information.

Important Note:

  • All information provided in connection with this application is subject to verification by the University.


Graduate International Student Funding

The Faculty of Graduate Studies website lists a number of scholarships, bursaries, and other awards available to graduate students. Graduate students may also be eligible for the International Student Emergency Bursary.