Abella Scholarship for Studies in Equity


Named in honour of the 20th anniversary of the Abella Commission on Equality in Employment and in celebration of the appointment of Rosalie Abella to the Supreme Court of Canada, this scholarship is designed to provide support for an outstanding full–time graduate student at York University whose thesis, dissertation or major research paper touches on issues that relate directly or indirectly to the theme of equality.

Value and Duration

  • Up to one award of $5,000 (Subject to change)


  • Full-time registered Master’s or doctoral York graduate student;
  • Must be a current student;
  • Students must have successfully completed all degree requirements but the major research paper, thesis or dissertation. In the case of the major research paper, a proposal must have been formally approved in writing by the student's supervisor or program. In the case of a thesis or dissertation, a formal proposal must have been approved by the student's program and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


  • Student deadline: Applications are due to the student's graduate program office by December 6;
  • Graduate program deadline: Programs must then submit their nominations to FGS by December 13. If the Graduate Program is nominating more than one student, nominations must be ranked.

Award Period (when the award will be paid)

  • Winter Term

How to Apply

Student must submit the following to their graduate program office:

  • A completed Award Application form (.pdf)
  • A one-page outline of planned work for the period of the award and a description of how the scholarship will contribute to the progress of the major research paper, thesis or dissertation;
  • A current Curriculum Vitae;
  • A confidential letter of reference in a sealed envelope from the major research paper, thesis or dissertation supervisor.

Allocation Process

  • After the Graduate Studies Awards Committee determines the recipient, the Office of the Dean, Graduate Studies will contact all applicants by e–mail and post the allocation to the successful applicant’s student account.


  • Scholarship Coordinator
    230 York Lanes
    Faculty of Graduate Studies
    (416) 736-2100 ext. 33954
  • Research Officer
    230 York Lanes
    Faculty of Graduate Studies
    (416) 736-2100 ext. 44168