Undergraduate Funding

Below is a list of scholarships, awards and bursaries specific to English undergraduate students.  There are also many more awards open to students across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.  Please visit SFU Financial Aid and Awards for a comprehensive listing of available internal and external awards.

Apply online by logging in to the Student Information System (go.sfu.ca), unless otherwise noted.

Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries

Ann and William Messenger Undergraduate Scholarships in English

Program ID: UESO330
Awarded: Spring
Procedure: Student Application
Value: $2000
Terms of reference: Awarded annually on the basis of academic achievement to approved English majors who have completed at least 90 units. The award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Betty Lambert Memorial Prize

Program ID: UEAO014
Awarded: Summer
Procedure: Student Application
Value: $500
Terms of reference: Awarded annually in the Spring term to an undergraduate student enrolled in at least nine units. The prize will be based upon the best unpublished play submitted. Students must apply to the Department of English by March 30th. The endowment fund is established in memory of Betty Lambert. The award will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee on the nomination of the Chair of the Department of English.

Capi Blanchet Annual Scholarship in Fiction

Program ID: UPSO322
Awarded: Summer
Procedure: Nomination by Dept
Value: $1000
Terms of reference: The Capi Blanchet Annual Scholarship in Fiction, valued at $1000, will be granted annually on the basis of excellent academic standing to a student who has successfully completed the upper division English Creative Writing course, no more than one academic calendar year from the time of his/her application for this scholarship. The student may receive it only once during his/her undergraduate career. The Scholarship will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee. *Upper division English Creative Writing courses: ENGL 372, 374 and 472.

Dr. M. Sheila O'Connell Undergraduate Prize in Children's Literature

Program ID: UEAO534
Awarded: Summer
Procedure: Student Application
Value: $1500 (minimum)
Terms of reference: A prize of at least $1,500 will be awarded to an undergraduate student who has completed the best essay or creative writing project from a course taught on children's literature at SFU. Applications are welcome from students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the Faculty of Education. Students must have a GPA of at least 2 and be enrolled in at least 9 units during the term of submission. All applications should be submitted to the Chair of the English Department by March 30th. The awards will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee on the nomination of the Chair, Department of English.

English Faculty Honours Bursary

Program ID: UEBO730
Awarded: Summer
Procedure: Student Application
Value: N/A
Terms of reference: Granted on the basis of demonstrated financial need and satisfactory academic performance, to an undergraduate student in the honours English program. If there is no suitable candidate from the honors English program in a given year, the bursary may be awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in English.

Gordon R. Elliott Award in Writing and Rhetoric

Program ID: UEAO557
Awarded: Summer
Procedure: Nomination by Dept
Value: $800 (minimum)
Terms of reference: The award, valued at a minimum of $800, will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student in good academic standing who is majoring in English and is also enrolled in, and shows great promise in, the Writing and Rhetoric Certificate Program at SFU. The award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee on the nomination of the Chair, English Department.

Jane Austen Society Prize

Program ID: UPAO132
Awarded: Summer
Procedure: Student Application
Value: $180
Terms of reference: To a student for the best essay by an upper level undergraduate student on the subject of Jane Austen, her life, works, or closely related social history. All applications should be submitted to the Chair of the English Department by March 30th. The award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee on the recommendation by the Department of English.

Kenneth Conibear Bursary in English

Program ID: UEBO724
Awarded: Spring
Procedure: Student Application
Value: $500
Terms of reference: Granted to undergraduate students majoring in English. The bursary is granted in any term based on demonstrated financial need and satisfactory academic performance.

Laurence Mervyn Cox Bursary in English

Program ID: UEBO541
Awarded: Summer
Procedure: Student Application
Value: N/A
Terms of reference: Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and satisfactory academic performance to undergraduate students majoring in English. Preference will be given to students accepted to the honors program in the Department of English and to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Lydia McCombie Memorial Bursary

Program ID: UEBO693
Awarded: Fall
Procedure: Student Application
Value: N/A
Terms of reference: To an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Arts majoring in English. Bursaries will be granted on the basis of demonstrated financial need and satisfactory academic performance.

Paul Delany Graduation Award in English

Program ID: UEAO058
Awarded: Summer
Procedure: Nomination by Dept
Value: $1200
Terms of reference: Awarded annually to the student graduating with the highest CGPA upon completion of an English major. The award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee on the nomination of the Department of English.

Philippa Polson Memorial Prize in English

Program ID: UEAO059
Awarded: Summer
Procedure: Nomination by Dept
Value: $1000
Terms of reference: To a student for the best English honors essay completed during the previous three terms. Graduated students, part-time students, as well as those still completing a degree, are eligible. The selection committee, composed of the Department of English undergraduate committee, will consider all essays completed during the year. The award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee on the nomination of the chair, Department of English. When sufficient funds are available, multiple awards will be offered.

Robin Hoodspith Memorial Bursary in English

Program ID: UPBO609
Awarded: Spring
Procedure: Student Application
Value: $100
Terms of reference: To an undergraduate student with an approved English major who is experiencing financial need.

Roy Miki Award in Creative Writing

Program ID: UEAO561
Awarded: Summer
Procedure: Nomination by Dept
Value: $1200 (minimum)
Terms of reference: The Roy Miki Endowment Fund was established in 2013 with a generous gift from Dr. Paul Matthew St. Pierre and with matching funds from the English Department and the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences. The Roy Miki Award in Creative Writing, valued at a minimum of $1200, will be granted each year, to the most deserving student who fulfills the following criteria: has successfully completed an English course in creative writing at SFU during the previous academic year (September through August), and, is in good academic standing (minimum CGPA of 2.00). Faculty members in English teaching creative writing courses will select the award nominee and notify the Chair of the English Department. The award will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the nomination of the Chair of the English Department. There is no application process: any undergraduate student who enrolled in and successfully completed an English course in creative writing during the academic year will be eligible for the award.

Sheila Delany Essay Award in Early Literature

Program ID: UPAO233
Awarded: Summer
Procedure: Nomination by Dept
Value: $500
Terms of reference: The award, valued at $500, will be given annually in the Summer term for the most deserving essay written by an undergraduate student on early literature (before 1450 CE) from any culture. Any undergraduate student who has successfully completed an English course at SFU in one of the three previous terms will be considered eligible for the award. The essay must have been written within one of those three previous terms. The award winning essay will be assessed by faculty members in the English Department who specialize in medieval studies or teach courses with other early literature content. The recipient will be announced at the English Department's convocation reception in June of each year. The award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee based upon the recommendation of the Chair of the English Department.

Shenul Dhalla Undergraduate Award in English

Program ID:
Awarded: Fall
Procedure: Student Application
Value: $1100 (minimum)
Terms of reference: The Shenul Dhalla Endowment Fund was established in 2014 with a generous gift from Mrs. Shenul Dhalla and Mr. Azim Dhalla. The endowment fund supports the Shenul Dhalla Undergraduate Award in English. The award is intended to recognize an outstanding student in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University. Valued at a minimum of $1100, the award will be granted every year in the fall term to a student who fulfills the following criteria: an undergraduate student enrolled full-time, with a formal declaration in either the honours, major, or joint major programs in English in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the time the award is adjudicated; successful completion of at least 60 academic credits; and is in good academic standing. Eligible students may apply directly to the Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Department of English. Applications must be received by August 15th. All applications must be accompanied by the following: a current, unofficial SFU transcript; and a personal statement which describes the relevance of the applicant’s English studies to their future goals. The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee will review applications for the award based on the personal statement, past and present academic achievement, and future promise. The award will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the nomination of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.