Undergraduate students in English are eligible for a number of different scholarships, awards, and bursaries. This funding is thanks to many generous donors over the years who have created endowments to support the English department and its excellent students.

The following are travel awards available to undergraduate students.

Undergraduate Travel Award

Academic travel funding of up to $500 per request is available for SFU English undergraduate major, minor, or honours students who have not yet received their degree, or have received it no more than one calendar year before the proposed use of the funds. This funding is exclusively to offset costs incurred in the course of researching or presenting intellectual or creative work—e.g. a paper at a conference— directly related to the student's SFU English studies. Travel to exchange programs or other programs of study are not sufficient grounds for this funding. 

Students submit applications by email to the Undergraduate Chair of the Department of English, in care of the Undergraduate Program Assistant ( The email subject line should include the name of the award, and the application must include a one-page statement which specifies the purpose of the proposed funding, and dates of travel. Supporting documentation—e.g. a letter of acceptance from conference organizers, or a program showing the applicant's name—should be included. Normally, students will be eligible for a maximum of three such awards during their undergraduate career. 

While applications will be accepted year-round, awards will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis, until the available funds for that fiscal year have been exhausted.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Travel Award

Program ID: UPAO290
Awarded: Summer
Procedure: Student Application via the Undergraduate Program Assistant, Department of English (
Value: $1000
Deadline: Applications for 2023 are now closed.

Terms of Reference

At least one award, valued at a minimum of $1,000, will be granted annually in any term to an undergraduate student who meets the following criteria: 1) enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in the term of eligibility; 2) in good academic standing; and 3) is undertaking a practicum, exchange, research, or field school for the purposes of research related to their studies at SFU.

Student applications should be submitted to the Department of English and must include: 1) a resume; 2) a statement (no more than one page) describing the relevance of the program / field school to the student's academic program and goal; and 3) two letters of reference from Simon Fraser University faculty.

Consideration will be given to the applicant's GPA, the importance of the program / field school to the student's program of study, and the letters of reference. The award is not available for conference attendance. The award will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the recommendation of the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Academic Programs & Enrolment Management, and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.