MSW Awards and Scholarships

Graduate students have a wide range of opportunities to receive thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards to lighten the load. It all adds up to a solid foundation for success. 

  • You must apply for graduate awards; you are not automatically considered. 
  • You do not need to be accepted into your program before you apply for awards.
  • Apply for awards and scholarships if you meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Some awards are restricted by citizenship and residency, there are many awards available for international students.  
  • Look for emails with the subject line: Scholarship Opportunities - pay attention to the internal deadlines.

Where to start?

Looking for Awards

Begin your search using the Graduate Awards Database. Filter by program and degree for a list of awards that match your criteria.


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Before you apply for an award, make sure you are eligible by checking the award criteria.

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Prepare a stellar application

Make sure you allow enough time to prepare your application. You will likely write many versions.

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Submit your application

Do not wait to the last minute, submit your application before the deadline. Make sure you include all required documents.



Faculty of Social Work Awards

  • Program Recommended Graduate Awards
  • Recognition of Excellence Awards

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Medals & Prizes

  • Gayla Rogers Legacy Award


Consult with your supervisor about award opportunities and nominations

Faculty of Social Work Awards

  • Program Recommended Graduate Awards
  • Recognition of Excellence Awards
  • Faculty of Social Work MSW Thesis Scholarship

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Medals & Prizes

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Program Recommended Awards

This competition is announced in early October and the deadline is early November.

You must fill out the Program Recommend Graduate Awards Application Form and prepare a one page statement.

The faculty's Graduate Scholarship Committee adjudicates all applications and puts forward one name for each award.

Faculty of Social Work Recognition of Excellence Awards

The following awards are open to all undergraduate (BSW) and graduate (MSW, PhD) students in the Faculty of Social Work.

The competition is announced in late February and the deadline for nominations is in late March. Nominations must be submitted to Student Services through

Awarded annually to a maximum of five students whose activities have contributed to significantly enhancing the educational experiences of students in the Faculty of Social Work. Recipients’ leadership may be formal (e.g., through involvement with student governance) or informal (e.g., through organizing social action or educational activities).

Awarded annually to a maximum of five students whose activities and achievements in practicum have been outstanding in a placement that has occurred during the current academic year. This Recognition of Excellence acknowledges that while students are intended to be learners in their practica, they may also contribute meaningfully to their clients’ (individuals, groups, families, communities, organizations) lives.

Awarded annually to a maximum of five students who demonstrate a commitment to social justice, civic engagement, and volunteerism through actions against racism, anti-Semitism or other forms of injustice.

Awarded annually to a maximum of five students whose commitment to education in social work has been demonstrated by inspirational attitudes and behaviors in class, practica, and/or relationships with other students. This award is intended to honor excellence that may not be indicated through traditional means such as grade point average or participation in formal student governance activities. Students may demonstrate outstanding personal achievement through, for example, coping with significant personal or academic challenges while in the program or inspiring other students through particularly compassionate or empowering activities.