Social Science Graduate Alumni Awards

2024 Award Recipients

Alexandre Mendes Cursino, Anthropology
Izan Tahir, DAN GDip Accounting
Carmen Salloum, Political Science
Anthony Cruz, Psychology

 2023 Award Recipients

Kate Mahoney, Anthropology
Madeline Macrae, MMASc
Jacob Allin, Political Science

2022 Award Recipients

Ibtesum Afrin, Anthropology
Liam Clifford, History
Lucy Liu, DAN GDip Accounting
Mirrah Maziyah Mohamed, Psychology

2021 Award Recipients

Eunice Annan-Aggrey, Geography
Enieda Baja, MRPE
Gabriel de Souza Barbosa, Political Science
Marco Pariguana, Economics

2020 Award Recipients

Isaac Bayor, Political Science
Daniel Manulak, History
Carolina Patryluk, Psychology
Taylor Paul, Sociology

2019 Award Recipients

Carelle Mang-Benza, Geography
Megan Payler, Political Science
Amy St. John, Anthropology
Claire Wilson, Psychology

2018 Award Recipients

Joel Armstrong, Psychology
Carolina Delgado Dominquez, Anthropology
Julie Flesch, Political Science
Phuong Vu, Economics

2017 Award Recipients

Rashedul Alam, Anthropology
Kabir Daljeet, Psychology
Nicole Mcmahon, Political Science
Jenny Tjhin, Geography

The Social Science Graduate Alumni scholarships recognize graduate student academic excellence combined with financial need in the Faculty of Social Science. Each year a minimum of FOUR scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $3,000.


  • Any student enrolled in a graduate program in the Faculty of Social Science
  • Meet OSOTF Ontario residency requirements*
  • Demonstration of need (e.g., not currently holding major awards)

Application Materials

  • Transcripts (Western academic record) (GPA of 78%+)
  • CV/Resume
  • Signed statement of financial need (200 word max.)
  • Signed statement that the student meets OSOTF Ontario residency requirements (identify which of the three criteria is met)*
  • ONE letter of support – from the supervisor or equivalent – commenting on both academic strength and financial supports available through the program and supervisor.


  1. Completed applications should be sent as a single pdf to the graduate administrator in the home program – First Monday in May
  2. Departments will nominate their ONE top candidate and forward to the FSS Associate Dean Graduate and Post-doctoral studies – May 21st
  3. Award winners announced – First week of June

*To be eligible for Ontario Student Loan funding, a student and/or the student's family must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  1. student has lived in Ontario for at least twelve months in a row up to the beginning of student's full-time post secondary studies
  2. student's spouse has lived in Ontario for at least twelve months in a row up to the beginning of student's current period of studies, and student's spouse was not enrolled in full-time post secondary studies during this twelve month period
  3. student(s) parent(s), step parent(s), legal guardian(s) or official sponsor(s) have lived (or maintained the family home) in Ontario for at least twelve months in a row up to the beginning of the student's current period of studies