Esther Kohl Vale Graduate Award in Social Work


The Esther Kohl Vale Graduate Award in Social Work has been created for graduate students undertaking a Master's degree in Social Work who have experienced an interruption in their formal education and who meet the requirements of "mature student" status as outlined by York University's guidelines. In addition to the mature student qualification, the recipient must demonstrate financial need, be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person and Ontario resident*.

Value and Duration

  • Up to 3 awards of up to $9,000 (Subject to change)
  • 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.


  • Full-time registered Master's York graduate student;
  • Incoming or current students;
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents and/or protected persons who are residents of Ontario;
  • Selection criteria includes:
    • Master's student in School of Social Work
    • Be recognized as a "mature student" as outlined by York University's guidelines
    • Financial need.

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


  • Graduate program deadline: nominations with complete documentation are due to the Scholarship and Awards Coordinator in FGS by April 27.

Award Period (when the award will be paid)

  • Upcoming academic year

How to Apply

  • Students must be nominated by their graduate program

Graduate Program Responsibility

  • The admissions committee in the Graduate Program in Social Work is encouraged to review all admission applications to the program to identify eligible students for nomination this scholarship
  • Encouraged to use this significant award to help persuade top applicants in social work to accept an offer of admission from York University
  • Programs will identify potential nominees and request the appropriate documentation
    • students cannot apply directly to FGS. They must be nominated by their Graduate Program
  • Nominate a maximum of three files to FGS in rank order


  • Statement of research
  • CV
  • Completed online Student Financial Profile
  • Letter of nomination (supplied by graduate program director)