Undergraduate Awards and Bursaries

The Jack Nance Memorial Prize (Value: $300)

The Jack Nance Memorial Essay Prize was established by the Department of Archaeology in 2004 to recognize Dr. Nance’s dedication to teaching, his contributions to archaeology, and to support a student writing in the field of archaeology. The prize is awarded to an undergraduate student for an outstanding paper on any topic in archaeology. The Essay Prizes are awarded annually at the end of the Spring semester, but competition includes any essay submitted from the previous Fall and Summer semesters.

Richard Shutler Memorial Essay Prize (Value: $200)

The second choice of outstanding paper will receive the Richard Shutler Memorial Essay Prize, an award of $200.

Eligibility: students must have a minimum CGPA of 2.00, must not be on academic probation, and must be registered in a minimum of nine credit hours during the semester of their contribution. This award will be adjudicated by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (excluding the Undergraduate representative).

How to apply: to be considered for the essay prizes, two “clean” copies of papers must be submitted to the Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Vlad Vintila, by the author(s) or instructor(s) by the end of the semester the paper was written in.

Archaeometry Prize

The Archaeometry Prize is valued at a portion of the income earned on the Archaeometry Prize Endowment Fund. It is awarded annually (summer) to an undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated exceptional scholarship and an interest in the application of the Physical Sciences to Archaeology. [Eligibility] [How to apply]

Please refer to Financial Aid and Awards for additional details on regulations and application requirements.

Robin Mercer Memorial Bursary (Value: $900)

The Robin Mercer Memorial Bursary is valued at a portion of the income earned on the bursary. It is awarded annually (fall) to an undergraduate student majoring in archaeology who has a satisfactory academic record and is in financial need. [Eligibility] [How to apply]

Please refer to Financial Aid and Awards for additional details on regulations and application requirements.

Ingrid Nystrom Archaeology Award (Value: Approximately $3,000)

The Ingrid Nystrom Archaeology Award is valued at a portion of the income earned on the Ingrid Nystrom Archaeology Endowment Fund. It is awarded annually (spring) to a student who has declared a major in Archaeology, is registered in a minumum of 9 credit hours (not necessarily in Archaeology) and who will be using the award to further his/her studies in Archaeology or Physical Anthropology. Written applications must be submitted to the Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Vlad Vintila, by November 1st and must include the following: 1) a current unofficial or advising transcript; and 2) a letter describing how the award will be used and any other relevant information. Applicants are ranked by the Department of Archaeology Undergraduate Awards Committee. The committee will be guided by the following principles: proposed use for the Award, academic achievement, and financial need.

Please refer to Financial Aid and Awards for details on regulations and application requirements.

Brian Williamson Memorial Award in Archaeology 

(Value: Approximately $1,700)

The Brian Williamson Memorial Award in Archaeology is valued at a portion of the income earned on the Brian Williamson Memorial Endowment Fund. It is awarded annually (spring) to a student who has declared a major in Archaeology, is registered in a minumum of 9 credit hours (not necessarily in Archaeology) when the application is made, and who intends to use the award to help defray travel costs to participate in field research in Archaeology or Physical Anthropology. Written applications must be submitted to the Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Vlad Vintila, by November 1st and must include the following: 1) a current unofficial or advising transcript; and 2) a letter describing the type of field research that will be done, the travel itinerary, and the relevance of this travel/research to the students' career. The Award will be made based on the proposed use of the Award, academic achievement, and relevance of the proposed travel to the applicant's academic career.

Please refer to the Financial Aid and Awards for details on regulations and application requirements.

Awards: Eligibility

To apply for an award, you must:

  • Have made a noteworthy intellectual, cultural, social or athletic contribution(s) to university life.
  • Be enrolled in at least nine units in your term of eligibility
  • Have a minimum 2.00 CGPA during the term of your contribution

Awards: How to apply

  1. Use the searchable database to determine which scholarships and awards you may be eligible for based on the terms of reference.
  2. To apply, log in to the Student Information System and click on "Apply for Scholarships/Awards".
  3. Submit your application form and all applicable documents (e.g., letters of reference, resumes, etc.) to Financial Aid and Awards, Student Services, by the required deadline date(s).
  4. If you are awarded a scholarship and/or award, Financial Aid and Awards will notify you in writing. Due to the high volume of applications received each term, please note that disbursement of funds may not occur until the middle of the term. You are encouraged to plan accordingly.

Note: certain scholarships and awards are awarded only by nomination only. If you wish to be considered for these, please contact the appropriate nominating body as outlined in the terms of reference.

Bursaries: Basic eligibility requirements

To apply for a bursary you must:

  • Undergraduates: be enrolled in at least nine units
  • Graduate students: be a full-time graduate student
  • Have a minimum 2.00 CGPA (undergraduate studies) or minimum 3.00 CGPA (graduate studies)
  • Have demonstrated financial need.

Please note: bursaries should not be treated as your primary source of funding. Instead, you should think of them as a supplementary source of income. Furthermore, you should be aware that you may not be awarded a bursary every term and should plan accordingly.

International Students

International students in high financial need are required to demonstrate that they exhausted their own resources and must explain the circumstances that necessitate their application.

Bursaries: How to apply

To apply for bursaries:

External Bursaries

External bursaries are not directly administered by the university. SFU Financial Aid and Awards will publicize all known external scholarships and will provide you with the application form if available. For a select number of bursaries, Financial Aid and Awards will also collect the application form.