Awards, scholarships, bursaries and prizes

Our students are eligible for a number of awards. To see the scholarships and awards open to general UVic students, please go to the UVic Student Awards and Financial Aid website. 

Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards

The Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards (JCURA) were instituted in 2009-10 as the Undergraduate Research Scholarship program by the Vice-President Academic and Provost.

The program is designed to provide support for exceptional undergraduate students who might otherwise not be able to have direct research experience. The Learning and Teaching Centre (LTC) administers the award nomination process on behalf of the Provost’s Office.

Eligible students include all full-time third and fourth year undergraduate students (normally registered in 12 or more units of study in the winter session) in excellent academic standing (normally this is a minimum sessional GPA requirement of 7.0) who satisfy the general regulations of Student Awards and Financial Aid.

Award recipients will undertake a research investigation in dialogue with—and under the mentorship of—a faculty supervisor. Each academic unit is eligible for one to three student nominations per year, depending on the number of students in the unit. Recipient will be nominated by the research project supervisor and the Chair/Director of the appropriate academic unit or program.

Successful student applicants receive $1,500 credited directly to their UVic account.

Pacific and Asian Studies student research and exchange award

This award is intended to support advanced language and cultural study or thesis research in the Asia-Pacific region.

Criteria for eligibility: Student majoring in Pacific and Asian Studies or enrolled in the M.A. program in Pacific and Asian Studies for an advanced language exchange program or research for an honours thesis or M.A. thesis.

Applications should include a brief essay describing the proposed program of study or research, the financial requirements of the proposed program, other sources of funding secured or to which the applicant has already applied, and how the proposed program fits into the applicant’s overall academic goals. The total submission should be no more than 2 pages in length.

Applications should be delivered to the departmental office (Clearihue C205) or sent to:

Awards Committee
Department of Pacific and Asian Studies
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC Canada V8W 2Y2

The deadline for applications is in March of each year. Please consult for further information.

The following scholarships and awards are recommended by the department. Students are not required to fill in an application.

Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Victoria course award

An award is given to a student who has completed at least 3 courses on China and/or Overseas Chinese Studies.

Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Victoria Travel Award

An award is given to a student who has completed at least 4 courses on China and/or overseas Chinese Studies and who is undertaking a study of Chinatowns outside the City of Victoria. The general university requirement that the award recipient must return to the University of Victoria in the next regular session and enroll in a full program does not apply to this travel award.

Dart Coon Club and Chinese Freemasons of Victoria China Studies Travel Award

An award is given to a student who has completed at least 4 courses on China and/or Overseas Chinese Studies and who is undertaking a study tour of China. The general university requirement that the award recipient must return to the University of Victoria in the next regular session and enroll in a full program does not apply to this travel award. The purpose of this award is to stimulate the study of geography of China and to provide funds for the organization of a study tour of China.

Dart Coon Club of Victoria Award

An award is given to a student who has completed at least 3 courses on China and/or Overseas Chinese Studies. This award is made for the purpose of stimulating the study of the developing countries of the Pacific Rim.

Dr. David F. Strong Scholarship

A scholarship established by the Alumni Association of the University of Victoria is awarded to a student entering third or fourth year of a program in the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies.

Dr. Norman Bethune Memorial Award

An award is given to a student who has completed at least 3 courses on China and/or Overseas Chinese studies.

Gregory Heitzmann Book Prize in Japanese Studies

A book prize is awarded to the student who has achieved the highest standing in Japanese Studies courses each winter session.

Mao Tse Tung Memorial Course Award

An award is given to a student who has completed at least 3 courses on China and/or Overseas Chinese Studies. The Mao Tse-Tung Memorial Course Award was funded through a bequest from the late Mr. Bill Scott in 1979-80 to promote the study of modern China at a time of enormous transition under the leadership of Mao Zedong. The naming of these awards serves as a reminder of the powerful, often difficult forces that have shaped contemporary China. Departmental and specific criteria awards.The University of Victoria is strongly committed to respecting the wishes of donors and honouring its past decisions with regard to both the name and purpose of the awards they fund. At the same time, it actively encourages recipients to reflect on the period and historic influences that these awards represent.

Mao Tse Tung Memorial Travel Award

An award is given to a student who has completed at least 4 courses on China and/or Overseas Chinese Studies and who is undertaking a study tour of China. The general university requirement that the award recipient must return to the University of Victoria in the next regular session and enroll in a full program does not apply to this travel award. The Mao Tse-Tung Memorial Travel Award was funded through a bequest from the late Mr. Bill Scott in 1979-80 to promote the study of modern China at a time of enormous transition under the leadership of Mao Zedong. The naming of these awards serves as a reminder of the powerful, often difficult forces that have shaped contemporary China. Departmental and specific critereria awards.

The University of Victoria is strongly committed to respecting the wishes of donors and honouring its past decisions with regard to both the name and purpose of the awards they fund. At the same time, it actively encourages recipients to reflect on the period and historic influences that these awards represent.

Michiko Warkentyne Scholarship in Japanese Studies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate or graduate students who are taking courses on Japan in the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies.

Po Ting Ip and Wai Tsuen Lee Ip Scholarship in Pacific and Asian Studies

One or more scholarships are awarded to students continuing in an undergraduate or graduate program in the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies, who have taken a course on classical Chinese tradition.

The China Exchange Bursary

In order to encourage student exchanges between the University of Victoria and East China Normal University, a bursary will be awarded to a student from the University of Victoria attending the East China Normal University, or to a student from the East China Normal University attending the University of Victoria. Should unforeseen circumstances arise whereby no exchange is possible in a given year, the bursary may be awarded to a University of Victoria student who is enrolled in a program within the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies and who has demonstrated financial need, reasonable academic standing and an interest in the study of China. Students need to register with UVic Student Awards and Financial Aid.

Wong Fat-Nan Memorial Award

An award is given to a student who has completed at least 3 courses on China and/or Overseas Chinese Studies.