Scholarships & awards

Be recognized

Take advantage of many available awards and scholarships. Be recognized for your academic excellence and awarded financial support for your education.

There are two categories of scholarships and awards: internal and external. Internal are held and managed by SFU. External are offered by individuals and institutions outside of SFU.

Internal awards

The Caledonia Awards in World Literature

Two awards, valued at a minimum of $1,000 each, will be granted annually to undergraduate students who meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled full-time in a Bachelor's degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in the term of eligibility;
  • Have a formal declaration in the Honours, Major, Joint Major, Extended Minor, or Minor in World Literature;
  • In good academic standing; and
  • Whose thoughtful approach to their studies and extracurricular activities demonstrates a commitment to the value of cultural exchange and understanding.

Students may receive the award only once during their undergraduate studies.

Applications should be submitted to the advisor of the Department of World Languages and Literatures and must include:

  • A current resume or CV;
  • A statement outlining how the applicant's thoughtful approach to their studies and extracurricular activities demonstrates a commitment to the value of cultural exchange and understanding; and
  • A letter of reference from an individual, other than a faculty member of the World Literature Program, who can authenticate the applicant's statement.

The award will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the nomination of the Undergraduate Curriculum Chair, Department of World Languages and Literatures.

See the past Caledonia awardees.

Institute for World Literature

The Department of World Languages and Literatures is an affiliate of the Institute for World Literature. The Institute for World Literature (IWL) has been created to explore the study of literature in a globalizing world. Meeting for four weeks each summer, in locations from Beijing to Istanbul to Harvard and beyond, the Institute is global in its presence as well as its intentions. With its headquarters at Harvard University and partners around the world, the IWL seeks to offer training in world literature in global perspective, and to provide the basis for ongoing community and exchange long after each session ends. 

SFU's Department of World Languages and Literatures can send up to two highly qualified undergraduate students every year, who receive reduced tuition rates. Applications for this summer program are generally due February 1.

WLL students who are admitted to this program, which is designed primarily for graduate students and newer faculty, are in addition eligible to receive a $1000 reimbursement from the Department for their travel expenses. Please contact WLL's advisor for more information.

Dr. Grazia Merler Scholarship in French or Italian

One or more scholarships, valued at $1,000 or more, will be granted annually in any term to undergraduate students who meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in full-time studies in the term of eligibility;
  • Pursuing a Bachelor's degree in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with a declared major or minor in French or a declared minor in Italian;
  • Completed at least 60 SFU units; and
  • Are in excellent academic standing.

The scholarship will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee. Application is through SFU Financial Aid and Awards.

Alumni Association Outstanding Student Leadership Award

Granted to a student in good academic standing who is in their 3rd or 4th year with a minimum of thirty (30) units completed at SFU. The recipient will have demonstrated an outstanding performance or leadership in another endeavor at SFU or in the broader community. 

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Brendan Midgley and Joseph Stryjak Celebration of Life Award

Granted to a student in good academic standing, from any faculty on the basis of leadership and/or service at Simon Fraser University or to the community at large. 

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Frances Mary Beattie Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship is based on excellent academic standing and will be awarded to an undergraduate student in any faculty.

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Gladys Andree Crute Bursary

Granted annually in any term to full-time students in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need.

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John Michael McLarty Bursary

This award is granted to a student who has a satisfactory academic record and who is experiencing financial need in the continuing pursuit of studies.

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Laurine Harrison Courage to Succeed Undergraduate Award

To a student in good academic standing from any faculty who has overcome adversity in the pursuit of their education.

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Laurine Harrison Undergraduate Service Award

This award will be disbursed on the basis of demonstrated leadership and/or service at Simon Fraser University.

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Nancy Morrison and Fraser Green Special Abilities Award

Granted annually to an undergraduate student who is in good academic standing and has a diagnosed learning disability or a diagnosed disorder that makes learning challenging.

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Robert C. Brown Award

To a student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (includes WLL) who has completed a minimum of 60 units at SFU. The recipient will have demonstrated a combination of outstanding academic achievement and outstanding performance or leadership in another endeavor at SFU.

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Sameh Magid Memorial Scholarship for Burnaby Secondary School Graduates

Granted annually to an undergraduate student who is enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program in any faculty, is in excellent academic standing and has graduated from a Burnaby Secondary School.

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University Women's Club of Vancouver Scholarship

Awarded to an undergraduate student in any faculty based on excellent academic standing.

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For more internal awards, please refer to SFU's Financial Aid and Awards website. It includes information on scholarships, awards and bursaries for students who have been accepted but not yet attending SFU and those that are currently attending SFU. There is also financial assistance and awards for Canadian Aboriginal students, students with disabilities, and international students.

External awards

Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes

Awarded to two persons – one in the arts and the other in the social sciences and humanities, who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding achievements. 

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Scotiabank Student Scholarship in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Granted annually to a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences student (includes WLL) with at least 90 units who exemplifies the aspects of a well-rounded student scholar: academic excellence and community involvement.

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Sir Winston Spencer Churchill Memorial Fund Scholarships

Annual essay contest open to undergraduates at SFU or UBC.

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