Awards, Scholarships, and Bursaries

Department of History Prizes (SFU Administered)

NB: All awards listed below are nominated and adjudicated by history professors on the basis of in-class assignments. Students do not need to apply for individual awards.

Richard Morgan Memorial Book Prize

The Richard Morgan Memorial Book Prize will be granted for the best essay produced by an undergraduate student enrolled in an upper-division History course on any topic concerning Indigenous History in Canada. Special consideration will be given for originality in analysis and treatment of the area.  Entries are to be submitted to the History department by April 15, and must have been written in one of the three previous terms.

Margaret Ormsby Award in History

The Margaret Ormsby Award in History will be granted for the best essay or project produced by an undergraduate student enrolled in an upper-division Canadian History course at Simon Fraser University. Special consideration will be given for originality in analysis and treatment of the subject. Entries are to be submitted to the History Department by April 15th, and must have been produced in one of the three previous terms.

European History Award

The European History Award will be granted for the best essay or project produced by an undergraduate student enrolled in an upper-division European History course at Simon Fraser University. Special consideration will be given for originality in analysis and treatment of the subject. Entries are to be submitted to the History Department by April 15th, and must have been written in one of the three previous terms.

Simon Fraser University Gold Medal and Prize in History and Stephen McIntyre Book Prize in History

This gold medal and book prize will be awarded in June to the top graduating student in History from the past three terms in recognition of academic excellence.

William L. Cleveland Essay Prize in African/Middle Eastern/Asian History

The William L. Cleveland Prize will be granted for the best essay written by an undergraduate student enrolled in an upper-division African, Middle Eastern, or Asian History course at Simon Fraser University. Special consideration will be given to originality of analysis and treatment of the area. Essays are to be submitted to the History Department by April 15th, and must have been written in one of the three previous terms.

Bursaries (SFU Administered)

Students can apply for bursaries each term by submitting an on-line bursary application. Financial Aid and Awards will match eligible students with available bursaries. For more information, eligibility requirements and deadlines, visit the Financial Aid and Awards website (https://www.sfu.ca/students/financialaid/undergrad/bursaries.html).

External Opportunities

BC Historical Federation Scholarship

A $500 scholarship is available to an undergraduate student entering the fourth year of a major or honors program in Canadian history with specialization in BC history. The applicant's letter, plus letters of recommendation from two professors and a recent transcript should be submitted by June 15th to: Scholarship Committee, BC Historical Federation, c/o Ann Yandle, 3450 West 20th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6S 1E4.

Burnaby Historical Society Scholarship

This scholarship, given by Dr. and Mrs. Blythe Eagles in honour of Evelyn Salisbury, is an annual award of $1,000 to an undergraduate student enrolled in a major or honors program in Canadian History with good academic standing. Candidates must apply in writing outlining their course of studies and include a current academic transcript and 2 letters of recommendation.
Applications must be submitted by June 15th to:
The Burnaby Historical Society Scholarship Committee
c/o Burnaby Village Museum
6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby, BC  V5G 3T6

The Michael Fellman Award

This $1000 award was co-established by the SFU History Department and The Tyee to honour a piece of publicly accessible writing that demonstrates bold thought, clear analysis, and rests on well-researched historical understanding. Entries should be no longer than 2,500 words. The winner will be selected by a trio of judges: a Tyee editor, an SFU History Department member, and Michael Fellman's partner Santa Aloi. The winner will be published on The Tyee and all rights belong to the author.

To submit an entry for the Michael Fellman Award send the document attached to an email addressed to editor@thetyee. Subject line should read: Submission for Michael Fellman Award.

Scottish Studies Awards (SFU Administered)

NB: All awards listed below are nominated and adjudicated by the Centre for Scottish Studies. Students do not need to apply.

George Paris Award in Scottish Studies

One award, valued at a minimum of $800, will be granted annually to an undergraduate student who meets the following criteria:
- is enrolled full-time in courses in a Bachelor of Arts degree program at SFU;
- is enrolled in a standard graded course offered by the Centre for Scottish Studies;
- demonstrated volunteer/ community service that shows caring and concern for others;
Applications must include a letter outlining the candidate's volunteer/community service as per the criteria and letter(s) of recommendation confirming the activities.
The award will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the nomination of the Director, Centre for Scottish Studies.

Jennifer Prosser Wade and Family Annual Award in Scottish Studies

The award, valued at $300, will be granted annually in any term to an undergraduate student majoring in a program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The student must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated volunteer/community service that shows caring and concern for others and currently enrolled in their third or fourth year of undergraduate studies. Preference, where and if possible, will be given to a student enrolled in, or who has successfully completed a credit-based undergraduate course offered through the Scottish Studies Centre. The Award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the recommendation of the Director, Scottish Studies.

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