Scholarships & Awards

Each year, arts & social sciences students are recognized for their success and dedication through scholarships, bursaries and awards. Find information on these honours below.

Scholarships are for

View the undergraduate calendar awards page for a detailed list of the most current scholarship information.

Bursaries are for students in financial need

Bursaries are typically smaller amounts of money (from $200-$600), intended to supplement other funding sources. Visit the Money Matters page for the most  current bursary information.


Mohini Mathur Memorial Bursary in Indian Studies

This bursary was established by family members in memory of Mrs. Mohini Mathur, a former Dalhousie student with a passion for lifelong learning, to celebrate her interests in Indian philosophy, Hindu religion, Indian culture, literature and languages. The bursary will be awarded to a student who demonstrates a genuine interest in furthering their study of Indian thought and ideas, such as Indian philosophical systems, Hinduism or any branch of Hindu Religion, the Sanskrit language, Indian literature, or other traditions of India's intellectual heritage.

India is the home of a rich and diverse heritage of philosophical and intellectual thought. This bursary promotes the study of Indian philosophical systems broadly defined as those systems of thought and intellectual culture emerging from the Indian subcontinent. This bursary supports the study of India's scholastic heritage as manifest in the philosophical, religious and cultural traditions of India.

Applications for this bursary are open to any undergraduate (BA) or graduate level (MA or PhD) student registered as a Dalhousie University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences student.

The successful candidate(s) for this bursary will also have demonstrated financial need (as determined by the Awards Office) and will have achieved satisfactory academic standing. Undergraduate student applicants will be required to submit an undergraduate in-course bursary application (deadline for winter 2020 is February 15); graduate students will be required to submit a graduate bursary application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (contact FGS for deadlines and details).

To apply for this award, students must submit:

1)      A one - two page (maximum) letter of application (double-spaced, 12 pt font) to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Office, Attention Mohini Mathur Memorial Bursary Committee, no later than 4:30 pm AST February 24, 2020 demonstrating their interest in this field of study. The letter should provide an overview of how the applicant fulfills the criteria for the bursary and should also include references to one or more of the following: relevant courses completed in the area of Indian studies; brief summaries of relevant essays, undergraduate research projects or honours research plans, etc.

2)      A Dalhousie bursary application following the process outlined by Dalhousie University’s Bursary Program (for undergraduate students) or the Faculty of Graduate Studies (for graduate students).

Applications will be evaluated by an awards committee. Successful recipients of the bursary will be requested to write a letter of thanks to the donors or their successors.   

The amount of this bursary for the 2019-20 academic year is $1000.

Please contact the Alumni & Donor Relations Officer for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with any questions or concerns surrounding this application process by emailing

Awards are for high-achieving students

Learn more about awards on the Undergraduate Calendar and Graduate Calendar.

FASS Essay Competition

Each year, the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences hosts an essay competition.

The Clan Ramsay of Nova Scotia Prize

To provide an annual prize to the student in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences who has written the best paper dealing with (any aspect of) the influence of Scottish culture within Canada. This award was established by the Clan Ramsay in Nova Scotia in recognition of the contribution of George Ramsay, 19th earl of Dalhousie, founder of Dalhousie University.

Prize for this year (2020): $600.00
Deadline: Friday, April 24, 2020

For more information, contact the Alumni & Donor Relations Officer for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at