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 three awards available per year, for Master’s and PhD students


  • GPA of A or higher;
  • Demonstrated superior academic accomplishments.
  • Will be receiving his/her degree at the Spring Convocation ceremony in June 2020, or who received his/her degree in Fall 2019.


  • Program nominations are due to FGS no later than May 4, 2020 at 12pm.

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;
  • Copies of transcripts;
  • Any additional documentation that is directly pertinent to, or highlights, the nominee’s “distinction in scholarship”, including letters of support from the nominee's supervisory committee."


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