Departmental Awards & Scholarships

Awards Ceremony

The Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto recognizes the contributions and excellence of our students on an annual basis. Awards are based on merit, stellar academic performance and overall positive contribution to the learning environment and dynamism of the department.

Recipients of departmental awards join a distinguished group of fellow students who share a similar passion for learning and dedication to high achievement in historical studies programs of study. In order to qualify for any of the following awards, applicants must be enrolled in a historical studies subject POSt (Program of Study). Financial need is not always a required in order to be a successful candidate for nomination.

In addition to receiving a certificate from the department, award and scholarship recipients, along with their guests, are invited to attend a reception hosted by the Chair of the Department of Historical Studies. This event typically takes place in the spring.

If you have further questions, please contact us via hs.admin@utoronto.ca

Classical Civilization Research and Study Grant 

Application is based on student's interest and is intended to encourage additional training and/or gain experience over the summer. Must be enrolled in a Classical Civilization major or specialist program.

Year of Study Any
Basis of Financial Need No
Conditions of Selection Please see HERE for application procedures.
Application Yes

(The) Desmond Morton Book Prize

Awarded to a meritorious student enrolled at U of T Mississauga in a Canadian History course. The winner should have an otherwise satisfactory standing. Registration in the following year is not required.

Year of Study Any
Basis of Financial Need No
Conditions of Selection Departmental Recommendation
Application No

(The) Hans-Georg Neumann Scholarship

Awarded to a 'mature student' (20+) enrolled in a History program, based on financial need. Academic merit in History course(s) will also be considered. If in any given year a suitable recipient cannot be found the annual income will be divided equally between two financially needy History students, one from the major program and one from the specialist program. Academic merit will also be considered.

Year of Study Any
Basis of Financial Need Yes
Conditions of Selection Application through the University of Toronto Undergraduate Grant    
Application No

History Emeriti Award 

Awarded to an outstanding U of T Mississauga student registered in a History program. Further registration is not required.

Year of Study Any
Basis of Financial Need No
Conditions of Selection Departmental Recommendation
Application No

Historical Studies Creative Activity Award

Awarded based on excellence in an assignment of a creative nature produced for a course in the department.

Year of Study Any
Basis of Financial Need No
Conditions of Selection Departmental Recommendation
Application No

Historical Studies Graduate School Transition Award

Awarded to an outstanding U of T Mississauga student registered in a Historical Studies program, transitioning to graduate school.

Year of Study Last
Basis of Financial Need No
Conditions of Selection Departmental Recommendation
Application No

Historical Studies Best Paper Award 

To be awarded based on excellence in a written assignment produced for a course offered in the department.

Year of Study Any
Basis of Financial Need No
Conditions of Selection Departmental Recommendation
Application No

Hugh Smith Scholarship in Canadian History

Established in 1996, the Smith Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student in a Canadian History course. There is no application required for this award.

Year of Study Any
Basis of Financial Need No
Conditions of Selection Departmental Recommendation
Application No

Ida and Sam Aster Memorial Award in Historical Studies

To be awarded to a student registered in a Historical Studies major or specialist program on the basis of financial need. Academic merit will also be considered. First preference will be given to students in Historical Studies. Second preference will be given to students enrolled in a Humanities program. Are required to enrol in full-time studies the following year in a historical studies or humanities program at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Year of Study Any, except final year of study
Basis of Financial Need Yes
Conditions of Selection Application required and must identify financial need based on the University’s criteria    
Application Yes

(The) McNab Scholarship in Religious Studies (Erindale)

Awarded to the third year student, either full-time or part-time, who obtains the highest overall average in all courses taken for the Religious Studies major or specialist program. Further registration is not required. Value of scholarship is $200, and is awarded annually. The scholarship is not renewable.

Year of Study 3rd Year
Basis of Financial Need No
Conditions of Selection Departmental Recommendation
Application No

(The) R.E.A. Morton Prize

Awarded to the Year 1 student obtaining the highest average in five full courses, of which three must be in the Division of the Humanities. Further registration is not required.

Year of Study 1st Year
Basis of Financial Need No
Conditions of Selection Departmental Recommendation
Application No

WGS Student of the Year / UTM Study of Women and Gender Program Award

Awarded to one or more outstanding students enrolled in the Study of Women and Gender Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga. There is no application required for this award.

Year of Study Any
Basis of Financial Need No
Conditions of Selection Departmental Recommendation
Application No