Centre for Environment and SustainabilityWestern Science


Environmental Science students have the opportunity to apply for awards that are need-based or merit based.

Need Based Bursaries

Need based bursaries are available to full-time students that show genuine financial need. To be eligible for any needs-based bursary, students must complete and submit a Financial Assistance Profile application, which can be found on the Student Services website, by September 30th of each year. More information about Need Based Bursaries can be found through the Office of the Registrar.

Ivey Foundation Continuing Award in Environmental Science

Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student entering his or her third year of study who is pursuing a Honors Specialization in Environmental Science in the Faculty of Science, based on a minimum 75% average, demonstrated financial need, and involvement in environmental activities. This award will continue provided that the recipient maintains an average of 75%, a full-time course load in the Honors Specialization in Environmental Science program, and continues to demonstrate financial need each year. The on-line Financial Assistance Application can be accessed through the Office of the Registrar's website and must be submitted, together with a one-page statement describing how the candidate is involved in environmental activities both on and off campus, by October 31 of each year. The recipient will be selected by the Scholarships and Awards Committee in the Faculty of Science, in consultation with the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, after the Registrar's Office has assessed financial need. Established at Foundation Western through the generosity of the Ivey Foundation.

This award is offered through the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) program, and recipients must meet Ontario residency requirements.

Value: 1 at $5,000, continuing for 2 years

AER Bursary in Environment and Sustainability Studies in Science

Awarded annually to full-time undergraduate students in any Honors Specialization, Specialization or Major in an Environment and Sustainability Module, in the Faculty of Science, with demonstrated financial need. The Centre for Environment and Sustainability will identify eligible environment and sustainability programs in the Faculty of Science to the Registrar's Office each year. An online financial assistance application is available through Student Center and must be submitted by October 31st. The Office of the Registrar will determine financial need and then select the recipients.

This bursary was established with Foundation Western by a generous gift from an anonymous donor.

Value: 4 at $2,500 Effective: 2014-2015 to 2015-2016 academic years only

AER Global Opportunities Award for Environmental Science

Awarded bi-annually (Fall/Winter) to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the Environmental Science program. These scholarships enable students to participate in a Western University international experience or study abroad program for which academic credit or approval from the department or faculty will be obtained. This includes academic exchange programs; approved study abroad programs; curriculum based international field courses/research; international community service learning; volunteer opportunities and internships led by Western University.
To qualify for these awards, the experience must meet at least one of the following criteria:

• Be organized by Western University staff, faculty or department
• Be eligible for academic credit OR
• Form a required component of the student's degree program

Students participating in any of the above listed programs who are registered at the constituent University may be considered. Students must have completed their prescribed academic program the previous year and currently be registered in a full-time course load (minimum 3.5 full courses). Students may apply for this award in advance of being accepted into an eligible international learning program with receipt of the award contingent upon acceptance into the program. Application is through the Global Opportunities website. The deadline for submissions is March 15. Awards will be announced in early May.

This bursary was established with Foundation Western by a generous gift from an anonymous donor.

Value: 5 at $2,000 Effective: 2014-2015 to 2015-2016 academic years only

Merit Based Awards

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Assistantships (USRA)

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada provides USRA awards for undergraduates students to engage in research on University campuses. These assistantships are available to students during summer terms. These are competitive positions. Environmental Science students that are applying to take up an USRA at Western should apply through the Department where their supervisor of interest is located.  Each department will have different deadlines so it's important to inquire early in the academic year.

For further information about NSERC USRA's please go to their website.

In-course Awards

In-course awards are available to Environmental Science students during their time of registration at Western. Students must have completed one year of study to be eligible for the awards.

To find out more about these awards and how to apply please visit the Registrars In-course Scholarships and Awards website.

External Awards

There are numerous external awards that are available to Environmental Science students. Students are informed by email throughout the academic year by the Academic Counsellor, Program Chair or Program Administrator about these various awards. It is for you important to check your Western email account regularly and be sure that your account doesn't go over quota so that you don't miss out on these opportunities.

Student Award Search

Students can search for specific awards using the Student Award Search website provided through Students Services.