Faculty of Social Sciences Awards

Please read the instructions carefully to confirm whether an application is required.

Scholarships marked with an asterisk (*) are funded by the University of Victoria Foundation.

Students may be considered for department bursaries by completing the general bursary application. Only one application is necessary to be considered for all bursaries.

Students must apply to be considered for the entrance scholarships below, which are based on marks and other criteria such as academic achievement and volunteer and community work. All UVic entrance scholarships require a minimum 85% admission average, unless otherwise specified in the terms of reference of the scholarship. Recipients will be approved by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The scholarships below:

  • require an online application via Online tools submitted between February 15 - April 30, unless otherwise stated in the Terms of Awards.
  • are governed by the general regulations for scholarships, medals, and prizes.

More information is available on the Entrance Scholarship website.

Hakai-Raincoast Award

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given to Indigenous undergraduate entrance or transfer students in the Department of Geography with demonstrated financial need. If there are no eligible candidates, the award will be given to an Indigenous undergraduate entrance or transfer student in the Faculty of Social Sciences with demonstrated financial need.  Approval of the recipient will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society Award*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given to transferring or continuing undergraduate students in any discipline who are conducting innovative and creative research in Japanese Canadian history, art, culture, and/or language. Applicants must submit the following to the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Humanities, by May 15:

  1. A statement of intent (maximum 500 words) outlining their proposed research and describing how their work contributes to, promotes and/or engages with Japanese Canadian history, art, culture, and/or language;
  2. a letter of support from the UVic faculty member(s) who will supervise the proposed research; and
  3. a CV and official UVic transcript.

Approval of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the Faculty of Humanities.

First disbursement September 2022.

Winner Medical Young Pioneer in Social Innovation Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate or graduate students in the Faculty of Social Sciences who are citizens of Hong Kong or Mainland China and whose focus of study involves researching or developing social innovations that address the global challenges of any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in relation to the goals of the Chinese Community Volunteers (CCV).

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. An essay (maximum 1,000 words) describing what leadership actions they have taken to address any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (e.g. developing effective solutions to challenging systemic issues of inequality or injustice or demonstrating civic or community participation in serving at-risk or low-income communities); and how this relates to the CCV goals.
  2. A letter of reference from an employer or volunteer coordinator, who is not related to the applicant, that corroborates the applicant's contributions to the work detailed in their essay.

Applications are due by March 31 to the Dean's Office, Faculty of Social Sciences. The application form will include information on the CCV. Approval of the recipient will be made by either the Senate Committee on Awards or the Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Awards Committee, upon the recommendation of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

First disbursement September 2022.

Applications from students are not required for scholarships listed in this section.

These scholarships are governed by the general regulations for scholarships, medals, and prizes.

50th Anniversary Social Sciences Entrance Scholarship*

Value: $1,000 | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships of $1,000 are awarded to academically outstanding students entering the University of Victoria from Canadian secondary schools who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Faculty of Social Sciences Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship*

Value: $1,000 | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded to academically outstanding students entering the University of Victoria from a Canadian secondary school who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Applications are required for in-course scholarships listed in this section. These scholarships are governed by the general regulations for scholarships, medals, and prizes. 

  • Unless stated otherwise, the application must be made through completion of the in-course scholarship application on UVic Online tools.
  • The deadline, unless stated otherwise, is May 31.
  • Some of the following awards may require application through the Faculty of Social Sciences; please review the eligibility criteria and application instructions below for further information.

 

J. Prospero Scholarship for Sustainable Mining

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to an academically outstanding woman undergraduate student entering third or fourth year in either the Department of Economics, School of Environmental Studies or the Department of Geography with an interest in pursuing a career in the mining industry.  Preference is for students whose academic research (Honours Thesis/JCURA under the guidance of a faculty member) seeks to improve the environmental and social performance of the mining industry. Applicants must submit a one page summary of their research.  Further preference is given to Indigenous women students and people of colour.

Approval of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards based on the recommendation of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Joyce Underwood Indigenous Undergraduate Student Scholarship in Social Sciences*

Value: Varies | Number: Up to 4

Up to four scholarships are awarded annually to Indigenous students, domestic or international, registered in an undergraduate program in the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

Recipients will be selected on the basis of their commitment to education (50%) and their financial need (50%). Applicants must provide a letter describing their commitment to education and financial need. Commitment to education is defined broadly, and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including but not limited to personal academic performance or perseverance, or support for education in the community.

The application will be available each year through the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office.

Approval of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Social Justice Award

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given to academically outstanding students in the Faculty of Social Sciences entering their third or fourth year who have demonstrated financial need.  Students must provide an essay (maximum 500 words) explaining how their studies will assist them to pursue a career in social justice. Approval of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Stephens Family Research Awards in Organic and Sustainable Food Systems

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards of up to $5,000 in total will be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in the Faculty of Social Sciences, in the form of a research stipend, to provide the student with the resources to conduct their field research in collaboration with UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems (preferred) or, if UBC is unable, with another institution/organization chosen by UVic. This award may not be awarded to the same student more than once. Preference is for undergraduate students. Graduate students must have a minimum 6.0 GPA. Selection of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards or the Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Award Committee upon the recommendation of the Faculty of Social Sciences Awards and Recognition Committee. Students must submit their application to the Faculty of Social Sciences by September 15.

Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society Award*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more awards are given to transferring or continuing undergraduate students in any discipline who are conducting innovative and creative research in Japanese Canadian history, art, culture, and/or language. Applicants must submit the following to the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Humanities, by May 15:

  1. A statement of intent (maximum 500 words) outlining their proposed research and describing how their work contributes to, promotes and/or engages with Japanese Canadian history, art, culture, and/or language;
  2. a letter of support from the UVic faculty member(s) who will supervise the proposed research; and
  3. a CV and official UVic transcript.

Approval of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the Faculty of Humanities.

First disbursement September 2022.

Visca/Dais-Visca Scholarship in Public Law/Legal Studies

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students entering third or fourth year in the Faculty of Social Sciences who intend to pursue a degree in Law. Approval of the recipient(s) will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Preference will be given in the following priority:

1. Students who have written the LSAT
2. Students who are taking common pre-law majors such as Political Science, Economics or Psychology
3. Students who intend to apply to UVic Law School.

Applicants must submit the following:

1. A cover letter (maximum 250 words) explaining why the student is interested in pursuing a degree in law
2. A list of Law schools to which they intend to apply
3. A research paper (maximum 2,000 words) examining a current challenge faced by the federal government in responding to a demand for change in the law to reflect current social, political and/or legal pressures. The recipient will demonstrate an understanding of limits within which the executive, legislative and judicial branches operate and be able to articulate the importance of the rule of law in the Canadian system of justice, for example:
i. “dialogue” between the legislative and executive branches of government and the judiciary
ii. threats to the rule of law
iii. treaty making and challenges to state sovereignty (can be international trade treaties or Aboriginal treaties)
iv. demand for alternative criminal justice tribunals for addressing needs of disadvantaged communities as was done with Aboriginal defendants with the creation of the Gladue court.
*The student may submit a class paper

Winner Medical Young Pioneer in Social Innovation Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate or graduate students in the Faculty of Social Sciences who are citizens of Hong Kong or Mainland China and whose focus of study involves researching or developing social innovations that address the global challenges of any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in relation to the goals of the Chinese Community Volunteers (CCV).

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. An essay (maximum 1,000 words) describing what leadership actions they have taken to address any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (e.g. developing effective solutions to challenging systemic issues of inequality or injustice or demonstrating civic or community participation in serving at-risk or low-income communities); and how this relates to the CCV goals.
  2. A letter of reference from an employer or volunteer coordinator, who is not related to the applicant, that corroborates the applicant's contributions to the work detailed in their essay.

Applications are due by March 31 to the Dean's Office, Faculty of Social Sciences. The application form will include information on the CCV. Approval of the recipient will be made by either the Senate Committee on Awards or the Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Awards Committee, upon the recommendation of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

First disbursement September 2022.

Applications from students are not required for scholarships listed in this section.

These scholarships are governed by the general regulations for scholarships, medals, and prizes.

James R. Bullick Memorial Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 2

Two scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students entering third or fourth year. One scholarship will be awarded in the Faculty of Engineering and one in the Faculty of Social Sciences.