Governor General’s Gold Medals


Lord Dufferin, Canada’s third Governor General after Confederation, created the Academic Medals in 1873 to encourage academic excellence across the nation. Over the years, they have become the most prestigious award that students in Canadian schools can receive. Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General.

Value and Duration

  • There is no monetary award associated with the Medal
  • There are two awards available per year, one at the Master’s level and one at the PhD


  • GPA of A or higher;
  • Demonstrated superior academic ability.
  • Will be receiving his/her degree at the Spring Convocation ceremony in June 2016, or who received his/her degree in Fall 2015.


  • Program nominations are due to FGS no later than May 10.

How to Apply

Students must be nominated by their graduate program. Graduate programs must provide to FGS:

  • Letter of Nomination from the Graduate Program which indicates how the nominee has demonstrated “distinction in scholarship at York University”;
  • CV;
  • Two letters of support from referees who can speak knowledgeably about the nominee’s “distinction in scholarship”;
  • Copies of transcripts;
  • Any additional documentation that is directly pertinent to, or highlights, the nominee’s “distinction in scholarship”.


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


Last updated on Aptil 10, 2015