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Awards & Scholarships

McMaster University and the Faculty of Humanities recognizes academic achievements, undergraduate research, leadership, and many other contributions through scholarships, awards, and prizes.

The Faculty of Humanities works in conjunction with the Student Financial Aid & Scholarships to adjudicate many awards within the faculty. Other awards are also administered solely by the Student Financial Aid & Scholarships Office. Please visit their website for further details and a full listing of awards and scholarships within McMaster.

Please click on any of the categories below for information on a particular award category.

In-Course Awards

In-Course Awards recognize the achievements of current undergraduate students. Most awards are determined on the basis of academic performance only, and require no application from students. Some awards, however, require students to apply through Mosaic and submit supplementary documentation (e.g. resume, reference letters) in order to be considered.

Find out more about in-course awards here.

Season: June/July

Graduand Awards

Graduand Awards are offer to graduating students who qualify for the awards on the basis of achievements in their first baccalaureate degree program. Most awards are determined on the basis of academic performance only, and require no application from students. Some awards, however, require students to apply through Mosaic and submit supplementary documentation (e.g. resume, reference letters) in order to be considered.

If you are planning to graduate at a fall convocation ceremony, you will be considered for graduand awards during the following May.

Find out more about the Graduand Awards here.

Season: May/June

Travel Scholarships

Travel Scholarships are available for students both participating in McMaster’s formal exchange program and in an independent study program abroad. There are both faculty and university-wide scholarships available. Each travel scholarship requires its own application.

Find out more about the Travel Scholarships here.

Season: February

Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)

USRAs provide undergraduate students in Humanities an opportunity to create their own-research-based employment with a faculty member over the summer.

Successful recipients will receive $6000 to cover 15 weeks of full-time, student-intiated research. This is an opportunity to build positive relationships with faculty members, gain academic summer employment, and develop the research skills and experience valued in graduate school.

Find out more about the USRA awards here.

Season: Applications are normally due by the beginning of February. Employment takes place starting in May for 15 weeks.

Humanities Essay Prize Competitions

The Humanities Essay Prizes will be awarded for outstanding essays written for courses in the Humanities. Up to sixteen prizes may be awarded each year (2 per term per level).

The Humanities French Language Essay Prizes will be awarded for outstanding essays written in French for courses in the Humanities. Up to three prizes may be awarded each year (1 per level for Levels II, III, and IV).

Find out more about the Humanities Essay Prize Competitions here.

Season: Deadlines are normally January for papers written during Spring/Summer and Term 1, and May for Term 2 and papers written in French.

If you have any questions regarding awards and scholarships in Humanities, please contact Christine Kawerau.