The Sammy Graduate Scholarship in Autism Research


This scholarship will be awarded to a full time graduate student in the Faculty of Health who is currently engaged in, or plans to carry out, thesis or dissertation research on the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of autism. Students must have a minimum "A" average (8.00) (or 7.50 grade point average for incoming graduate students). Students must demonstrate their interest in scholarship and/or research in this area.

Value and Duration

  • Up to 2 awards of up to $6,000
    • 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


  • Full–time registered Master’s or doctoral York graduate student;
  • Must be an incoming student;
  • Both domestic and international students in the Faculty of Health are eligible;
  • Selection criteria includes:
    • Research on the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of autism;
    • Academic accomplishments;
    • Demonstrates academic excellence;
    • An outstanding academic record (minimum A average).

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

Award Period (when the award will be paid)

  • Upcoming academic year


  • Graduate Program deadline: 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

Graduate Program Responsibility

  • The admissions committee in the Graduate Programs affiliated with the Faculty of Health are 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 autism within the Faculty of Health to accept an offer of admission from York University
  • Programs will identify potential nominees and request the appropriate documentation
  • Faculty of Health, Research and Awards committee to meet prior to April 1 to identify the nominee for the following academic year
    Note: 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 (2 pages)
  • CV with relevant volunteer or work experience
  • Transcripts, unofficial or official, (supplied by graduate program from admissions file), or can be a student copy downloaded from the student account. Must include the last two years or all years of graduate studies.


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