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Awards & Scholarships

The Department of English offers various awards and grants to support undergraduate education and recognize excellence in its programs. The awards celebrate the students' achievements and contributions to the English Department.

Award Description Value Form
First Year English Essay Award This award is given to a first-year student who has written the best essay in ENG 110 or ENG 208. The award is available to students enrolled in the BA English program. Essays are generally nominated by professors (with the student's pre-established approval), but students may also self-nominate via Google form no later than Sept 15th. Submissions will be vetted by the Awards Committee. The award winner will be notified by the Awards Committee in the fall. $500  
Roberta Imboden Memorial Essay Award This annual award is given to a third- or fourth-year BA English or English double-major program student who has written the best essay in an English course. Essays are generally nominated by professors (with the student's pre-established approval), but students may also self-nominate via Google form no later than September 15th. Submissions will be vetted by the Awards Committee. The award winner will be notified by the Awards Committee in the fall.  $500  
Senior English Research Essay Award This annual award is given to a fourth-year student who has written the best research essay in ENG 904 or ENG 910. The award is available to students enrolled in either the BA English program or the English double major programs. Essays are generally nominated by professors (with the student's pre-established approval), but students may also self-nominate via Google form no later than September 15th. Submissions will be vetted by the Awards Committee. The award winner will be notified by the Awards Committee in the fall. $500  
Creative Writing Award - Prose This annual award is given to the undergraduate student who has produced the most outstanding sample of creative writing prose in an English course. The award is available to students enrolled in either the BA English or English double major programs. Works can be nominated by professors (with the student's pre-established approval), but students may also self-nominate via Google form no later than Sept 15th. Submissions will be vetted by the Awards Committee. There can be only one submission per student. The award winner will be notified by the Awards Committee in the fall. 
$500  
Creative Writing Award - Poetry This annual award is given to the undergraduate student who has produced the most outstanding sample of creative writing poetry in an English course. The award is available to students enrolled in either the BA English or English double major programs. Works can be nominated by professors (with the student's pre-established approval), but students may also self-nominate via Google form no later than Sept 15th. Submissions will be vetted by the Awards Committee. There can be only one submission per student. The award winner will be notified by the Awards Committee in the fall. 
$500  
Innovative Media Award This annual award is given to an outstanding English course project that extends the boundaries of the traditional academic essay using digital, visual, sound, performance, material and/or other cultural forms. The award is available to students enrolled in either the BA English or English double major programs. Submissions are generally nominated by professors (with the student's pre-established approval), but students may also self-nominate via Google form no later than September 15th. Submissions will be vetted by the Awards Committee. The award winner will be notified by the Awards Committee in the fall. 
$500  
BA English Student Life Award This annual award celebrates the achievements of one student who has made an outstanding contribution to the life, activities, and endeavours of the English department. The award is available to students of all years enrolled in either the BA English or English double major programs. Candidates can self-nominate via Google form no later than September 15th. Submissions will be vetted by the Awards Committee, with input from the Program Director and Program Administrator. The award winner will be notified by the Awards Committee in the fall.  $500  
BA English Academic Achievement Scholarships These four annual scholarships are granted to the students in the BA English or a English double major program who attained the highest cumulative Grade Point Average in a given year, with one scholarship designated for a student in each of the first, second, third, and fourth years of the program. To be eligible, the student must have completed at least two ENG courses in that academic year, and at least 4 courses in each of the fall and winter terms. In the case of a tie, the scholarship amount will be divided among the scholarship winners. $500 No application necessary - qualified students will be notified
Discovery Grant Undergraduate and graduate students may apply for a grant of up to $500 in support of forthcoming scholarly/community/publishing projects (but not travel expenses). Grants are available to students enrolled in the BA English program, the English Option of the Arts and Contemporary Studies program, English double major programs and the MA program in Literatures of Modernity. Applications with budgets can be submitted for consideration twice per academic year – November 30 and March 1 (or, should the date fall on a weekend or holiday, on the next Ryerson business day).  A student can serve as the head applicant on only one application per academic year. Grants will be adjudicated by the Awards Committee, in consultation with the Undergraduate and Graduate Directors and Department Chair on an individual basis. The Department will support as many worthy applications as annual budget permits. $500  

Beyond the Department of English, Ryerson University and external organizations offer a range of scholarships and awards at the undergraduate level.  Students are encouraged to set up their AwardSpring profile to be matched with awards for which they may be eligible: http://ryerson.awardspring.ca/, external link, opens in new window  

The Faculty of Arts offers a number of awards and funding opportunities for undergraduate students through the Ryerson Liberal Arts Society (RLAS), external link.