Sherrill Cheda Graduate Scholarship


The Sherrill Cheda Graduate Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming graduate student in the Women's Studies program who demonstrates academic excellence, demonstrates financial need and whose research addresses current issues facing women. All domestic and international students are eligible to apply.

Value and Duration

  • Up to 2 awards of up to $8,000
    • 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
Note: This award is comprised of matching funds. If you are expecting to receive the York Graduate Fellowship, this award will impact your Fellowship amount. Please visit Matching Funds to learn more.


  • Master's or doctoral
  • Both domestic and VISA students are eligible
  • Selection criteria includes:
    • Research in current issues facing women
    • Academic accomplishments
    • Financial need
    • Demonstrated academic excellence

Graduate Program Responsibility

  • The admissions committee in the Graduate Program of Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies is encouraged to review all admission applications to the program to identify eligible students for nomination
  • Encouraged to use this significant award to help persuade top applicants researching current issues facing women to accept an offer of admission from York University
  • Programs will identify potential nominees and request the appropriate documentation
  • Meet prior to April 1 to identify the nominee for the following academic year
    • students cannot apply directly to FGS. They must be nominated by their Graduate Program
  • Nominate a maximum of two files to FGS in rank order


  • Statement of research
  • CV
  • Transcripts (supplied by graduate program from admissions file)
  • Student Financial Profile (.pdf)
  • Letter of nomination (supplied by graduate program director)


  • Program nomination, with complete documentation, is due to the Scholarship and Awards Coordinator in FGS by April 27. The Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards Committee will review nominees for eligibility

How to Apply

  • Students must be nominated by their graduate program