Awards & Scholarships

Awards

The following awards (i.e., prizes and scholarships) are available to students taking courses offered by the Department of Asian Studies as each award is based on a specific criteria and guideline. For a complete description and further details on these individual awards and others offered by the University, please go to Awards and Financial Assistance.

For information on how to establish a student award to benefit students of Asian Studies at UBC, please contact Christine Lee at christine.lee(at)ubc.ca or 604-822-9359.

PRIZES

 BUDDHIST STUDIES

  • C. K. CHOI Prize in Buddhist Studies 01260

A $550 prize has been endowed by the Choi family for an outstanding graduate or undergraduate student with high standing in Buddhist studies. It is made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies where appropriate.

CHINESE

  • COMMUNITY Prize for Chinese Studies 01204

A prize of $75 has been endowed by Mr. Lum Lai and other members of the community interested in Chinese Studies. This prize is made on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Asian Studies, to a student majoring in Chinese language or in Asian Area Studies with emphasis on China.

  • FUNG Hang Memorial Prize 01208

A $50 prize has been endowed in memory of the late Fung Hang by his family and friends. Fung Hang, who passed away July 1, 1983 will always be fondly remembered by his family as a loving and caring husband and father. The prize is awarded to an outstanding student in History of Early China (Asian Studies 320). The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty.

JAPANESE

  • Kenji OGAWA Memorial Prize in Japanese 01235

A $100 prize is awarded on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Asian Studies, to an undergraduate or graduate student demonstrating outstanding achievement in the study of Japanese language. Mr. Ogawa, in whose memory the prize has been endowed by his students, friends and relatives, was a highly admired and inspiring teacher of Japanese in the Department of Asian Studies, 1963 to 1970.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Tsutae SATO Prize in Asian Studies 01181

A $75 prize, endowed by Mr. and Mrs. T. Sato, is awarded to the outstanding student in the first year Japanese. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies.

KOREAN

  • COMMUNITY Prize for Korean Studies 01206

Two $225 prizes has been endowed by contributions from several members of the community interested in Korean Studies provides for students studying the Korean language or Korean history. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Asian Studies.

SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES

  • ATTARIWALA-DLEY Prize 01245

A $400 prize has been endowed by the Attariwala and Dley families for a student majoring in Asian Studies, and demonstrating excellence in Punjabi language and/or Sikh studies. It is awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies.

  • KONARAK Prize in South Asian Studies 01201

A $400 prize has been endowed to promote excellence in South Asian studies. It is made, on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Asian Studies, to a student who completes a major in South Asian studies with excellence or to a promising graduate student in South Asian studies. It may be withheld if no suitable candidate is available.

  • August LARSON Memorial Prize in South Asian Studies 01229

A prize of $225 has been endowed by Alice Larson and Joanna Larson Lehmann in memory of August Larson who had a lifelong interest in the history and culture of Asia. The award is offered, on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Asian Studies, to a first or second year student writing the best course essay on some aspect of South Asian history or culture. Instructors in anthropology, asian studies, history, political science, religious studies, sociology, or other departments may nominate candidates, or students may submit essays directly.

  • MALWA Brotherhood and Friends Society of Canada 01288

A $375 prize has been endowed by the Malwa Brotherhood and Friends Society of Canada for the study of Sikh history, religion or culture, or Punjabi language or literature. The award is offered to an undergraduate student and is made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies.

  • Ajaib S. SANGHA Prize 01170

A prize of $1,275 has been endowed through a bequest from the late Ajaib S. Sangha. The prize is awarded to a student in Asian Studies with a particular interest in the area of Indic languages. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department.

  • The INDIA Club of Vancouver Prize in Asian Studies 1179

A prize of $500, donated by the India Club, is awarded to a student in the Asian Studies Department, with particular interest in Hindi or Sanskrit courses. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department.

  • Harmandeep Kaur RAI Memorial Prize in Asian Studies 1358

A $500 prize is offered in memory of Harmandeep Kaur Rai, UBC Arts alumna (2000) and graduate of the Asian Studies Department, by family members including her younger brother, Ralinder Singh Rai. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies to a student in the Department, with preference for those studying South Asian language and culture.

Scholarships

CHINESE

  • Chris LIN Memorial Scholarship 01108

A $1,450 scholarship has been endowed in memory of Chris Lin, who died tragically on August 31, 1966. Chris was the son of Professor Paul Lin, for many years the Director of the Centre for East Asian Studies at McGill University, and an alumnus of the University of British Columbia. Chris was born in the United States and brought up in China. He was a second year student at UBC at the time of his death. He was a fine, warm-hearted human being and a student of great promise; had he lived he would undoubtedly have greatly contributed to the furtherance of understanding and friendship between China and Canada. The recipient of this annual scholarship is a student, undergraduate or graduate, who meets the following criteria: (1) proficiency in Chinese equivalent of at least one year of intensive language study, a concentration in Chinese studies, and academic excellence, (2) evidence of social concerns and good citizenship; commitment to the study and understanding of cultures and values. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, but others are also invited to apply. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae which includes a brief statement concerning their intentions and life goals to the Chris Lin Memorial Scholarship Committee, c/o Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies.

JAPANESE

  • Timothy Martin CANFIELD Memorial Scholarship 01324

Scholarships totalling $1,650 have been endowed by friends and family in memory of Timothy Martin Canfield, a student of Asian Studies who died at the age of 24 in 1988. The scholarships are given to undergraduates in the Department of Asian Studies who are specializing in Japanese language and/or culture. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies.

  • The OKAMASU Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies 01180

Four scholarships of $1,000 each have been endowed as a memorial to his parents by Mr. Yoshihisa Okamatsu and members of his family, Kuniko, Akemi, Tadashi, Chieko, Hironori, Kuninori, Yoshihiko, Saori and Jooji. It is awarded to students studying the Japanese language at UBC. Mr. Okamatsu is a private citizen who has long been interested in furthering cultural relations between Japan and Canada, as well as other countries. Previously, he gave to the University a collection of Japanese handmade paper, and on 11 November 1977, he established this scholarship as a means by which he hopes that people in both countries might draw closer together in the cause of world peace and understanding. In April 1978, Mr. Okamatsu made a supplementary gift that brought the fund to its present value.

  • Bruno PETZOLD Memorial Scholarship 01248

A $2,100 scholarship has been endowed by Mrs. Liesel Petzold in honour of her father-in-law, Dr. Bruno Petzold (1873-1949), who served as a professor at Tokyo Daiichi Koto Gakko, the present Tokyo University at Komaba. The scholarship is awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies to a student majoring in Japanese or Asian Area Studies who has an interest in Buddhism.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Tsutae SATO Memorial Scholarship 01220

A scholarship of $475 has been endowed through a bequest from Mr. Tsutae Sato. Mr. Sato and his wife Hanako together taught Japanese-Canadian children. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies, to a student majoring in Japanese Language or Literature.

SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES

  • Jaswant S. BERAR and Sham Kour Berar Memorial 01251

A $550 scholarship has been established by Ab, Sodi and Vic Berar in memory of their parents. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies to a student demonstrating proficiency in the study of Sikh scriptures, Sikh history, Punjabi language and Punjabi literature.

  • GOEL Scholarship in South Asian 01203

A scholarship of $400 has been made available by Dr. and Mrs. D. P. Goel in memory of her brother, Mr. Om Prakash Agrawal. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department, to a student majoring in South Asian Studies (preferably in Hindi, Sanskrit or other languages of India).

  • Rosa Wai Wai HO Scholarship in Asian Studies 01321

A $1,475 scholarship has been endowed by family and friends in memory of Rosa Wai Wai Ho for an undergraduate student in Asian Studies. The scholarship is awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies.

  • WilliamL. HOLLAND Scholarship 01112

A scholarship of $700 is offered by faculty members in the Department of Asian Studies to undergraduates or to graduate students specializing in Asian Studies. It is awarded on the recommendation of the Head of the Department to a student whose academic record and achievement show promise of a successful career in the Asian Studies field. The scholarship is named after Professor Holland, the first Head of the Department of Asian Studies.

  • Harcharan Kaur MANN Scholarship in Punjabi Studies 01273

A $300 scholarship has been endowed by Bikar Singh Mann to honour the memory of his late Harcharan (Swarno) Kaur Mann. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies to a student studying Sikh scripture and Punjabi.

  • The Elizabeth Tong NG Memorial Scholarship in Asian 00588

This scholarship of $500 is awarded to an undergraduate student entering the final year in the Department of Asian Studies on the basis of both academic ability and financial need. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department.

  • Andy and Julie SUN Scholarship in Asian Studies 01314

Scholarships totaling $575 have been endowed by Andy and Julie Sun for students in Asian Studies. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies and, in the case of graduate students, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

  • Gregory TSO Memorial Scholarship in Asian Studies 01289

Scholarships totalling $10,000 are offered in memory of Gregory Tso, by his family, to students specializing in Chinese studies. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Department of Asian Studies and, in the case of graduate students, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Past Winners:

Scholarships:

RecipientScholarshipYear
Zoudan MaCanadian Chinese Help Care Society Graduate Schol. (Award #4862)2018W
Zoudan MaVelma T. and Lawrence G. Y. CHEN Graduate Award in AS (Award #6519)2018W
Yinzong Wei & Bendi Tso JiGregory Tso Memorial Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1289)2018W
William Scott WellsAndy and Julie SUN Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1314)2018W
Sunminghui WangSOH Lim Poh Paul Foundation and the International Buddhist Society Scholarship in Buddhist Studies (Award #6728)2018W
Sukwinder GillJaswant Berar and Sham Kour Berar Mem. Schol. (Award #1251)2018W
Peder GeddaHarcharan K. Mann Scholarship in Punjabi Studiesÿ (Award #1273)2018W
Kurtis Hanlon, Shota Iwasaki, Atsumi Nakao & Cyrus QiuThe Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180)2018W
Kiran SunarJoseph I Richardson Scholarship (Award #1252)2018W
Jasmine SandherWilliam L. Holland Scholarship (Award #1112)2018W
Emmett ChanKhyentse Foundation Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies (Award #1376)2018W
Ajay BhardwajAsa Johal Fellowship in Asian Studiesÿ (Award #488)2018W
William Scott WellsWilliam L. Holland Scholarship (Award #1112)2017W
Tim BellefleurJoseph I Richardson Scholarship (Award #1252)2017W
Shuang LiChris Lin Memorial Scholarship (Award #1108)2017W
Shuang LiVelma T. and Lawrence G. Y. CHEN Graduate Award in AS (Award #6519)2017W
Shota Iwasaki, Katarina Klafka, Atsumi Nakao & Saeko SuzukiThe Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180)2017W
Ranbir JohalAsa Johal Fellowship in Asian Studiesÿ (Award #488)2017W
Peder GeddaJaswant Berar and Sham Kour Berar Mem. Schol. (Award #1251)2017W
Peder GeddaHarcharan K. Mann Scholarship in Punjabi Studiesÿ (Award #1273)2017W
Meng Wu & Minoru TakanoGregory Tso Memorial Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1289)2017W
Di ChangCanadian Chinese Help Care Society Graduate Schol. (Award #4862)2017W
Chulthim Gurung & Margaret MitchellSOH Lim Poh Paul Foundation and the International Buddhist Society Scholarship in Buddhist Studies (Award #6728)2017W
Chulthim GurungKhyentse Foundation Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies (Award #1376)2017W
Azalea LeeAndy and Julie SUN Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1314)2017W
Casey CollinsINTERNATIONAL Buddhist Society Graduate Scholarship (Award #6420)2016W
Daniel JacintoRosa Wai Wai HO Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1321)2016W
Di ChangGregory Tso Memorial Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1289)2016W
Douglas OberINTERNATIONAL Buddhist Society Graduate Scholarship (Award #6420)2016W
Emmett ChanTimothy Martin Canifield Memorial Scholarship (Award #1324)2016W
Zeng YangKhyentse Foundation Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies (Award #1376)2016W
Evan KoikeDr. Lakhbir K JASSAL Graduate Travel Award in Arts in 2015W (Award #6530)2016W
Gurnoor KangGoel Scholarship in South Asian Studiesÿ (Award #1203)2016W
Jasmine SandherHarcharan K. Mann Scholarship in Punjabi Studiesÿ (Award #1273)2016W
Joelle LeeCANADIAN Asia Pacific School Society Leadership Award in Asian Studies (Award #1388)2016W
Julie VigAsa Johal Fellowship in Asian Studiesÿ (Award #488)2016W
Karl Ove Peder GeddaJoseph I Richardson Scholarship (Award #1252)2016W
Kazuhiko ImaiThe Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180)2016W
May FarralesDr. Lakhbir K JASSAL Graduate Travel Award in Arts in 2015W (Award #6530)2016W
Meng WuGregory Tso Memorial Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1289)2016W
Miaoling XueThe Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180)2016W
Mikayla TinsleyMr. And Mrs. Tsutae Sato Memorial Scholarship (Award #1220)2016W
Minoru TakanoVelma T. and Lawrence G. Y. CHEN Graduate Award in AS (Award #6519)2016W
Ranbir JohalJaswant Berar and Sham Kour Berar Mem. Schol. (Award #1251)2016W
Saeko SuzukiThe Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180)2016W
Shan Shan ZhaoBruno Petzold Memorial Scholarshipÿ (Award #1248)2016W
Shota IwasakiThe Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180)2016W
Tian ChenCanadian Chinese Help Care Society Graduate Schol. (Award #4862)2016W
Xiaoyi ZeWilliam L. Holland Scholarship (Award #1112)2016W
Ajay BhardwajHarcharan K. Mann Scholarship in Punjabi Studiesÿ (Award #1273)2015W
Benjamin WhaleyThe Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180)2015W
Chole YipMr. And Mrs. Tsutae Sato Memorial Scholarship (Award #1220)2015W
Clayton AshtonCanadian Chinese Help Care Society Graduate Schol. (Award #4862)2015W
Dana McCartneyDr. Lakhbir K JASSAL Graduate Travel Award in Arts in 2015W (Award #6530)2015W
Daniel PieperDr. Lakhbir K JASSAL Graduate Travel Award in Arts in 2015W (Award #6530)2015W
Haley BlumThe Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180)2015W
Jiaqi HaoGregory Tso Memorial Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1289)2015W
Jordan GalpinRosa Wai Wai HO Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1321)2015W
Jun Ki ChoiBruno Petzold Memorial Scholarshipÿ (Award #1248)2015W
Lyndsay BocchinfusoTimothy Martin Canifield Memorial Scholarship (Award #1324)2015W
Sean BussellThe Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180)2015W
Siyu WeiGregory Tso Memorial Scholarship in Asian Studies (Award #1289)2015W
Tanying LuGoel Scholarship in South Asian Studiesÿ(Award #1203)2015W
Timothy BellefleurJoseph I Richardson Scholarship (Award #1252)2015W
Wayne KregerUNIVERSAL Buddhist Temple Graduate Scholarship (Award #6410)2015W
William StrausserCANADIAN Asia Pacific School Society Leadership Award in Asian Studies (Award #1388)2015W
Yinzong WeiChris Lin Memorial Scholarship (Award #1108)2015W
Yuki OhsawaThe Okamatsu Family Scholarship for Japanese Studies (Award #1180)2015W
Zeng YangINTERNATIONAL Buddhist Society Graduate Scholarship (Award #6420)2015W

Prizes:

RecipientPrizeYear
Kiran SunarCommunity Prize for Korean Studies (Award #1318)2018W
William Scott Wells & Ali KhalafCommunity Prize for Korean Studies (Award #1206)2017W
Peder GeddaAjaib S. Sangha Book Prize (Award #1170)2017W
Katarina KlafkaOgawa Kenji Mem. Prize in Japanese (Award #1235)2017W
Jasmine SandherKonarak Prize in South Asian Studies (Award #1201)2017W
Gurinderpal MannCommunity Prize for Korean Studies (Award #1318)2017W
Ajay BhardwajKonarak Prize in South Asian Studies (Award #1201)2016W
Azalea LeeCommunity Prize for Korean Studies (Award #1206)2016W
Charles PenwickFung Hang Memorial Prize (Award #1208)2016W
Dawn Doyoon KimNicki Magnolo Memorial Graduate Prize (Award #6418)2016W
Eunseon KimCommunity Prize for Korean Studies (Award #1206)2016W
Jasmine SandherAjaib S. Sangha Book Prize (Award #1170)2016W
Jeong Hoon SongCommunity Prize for Chinese (Award #1204)2016W
Jinsung KimThe Mr. & Mrs. Sato Prize in Asian Studiesÿ (Award #1181)2016W
Joelle LeeCanadian Asia Pacific School Society Leadership Award in Asian Studies (Award #1388)2016W
Katarina KlafkaOgawa Kenji Mem. Prize in Japanese (Award #1235)2016W
Kathryn GeddesCommunity Prize for Korean Studies (Award #1318)2016W
Kiran SunarNicki Magnolo Memorial Graduate Prize (Award #6418)2016W
Lovneet AujlaAugust LarsonÿMem. Prize in South Asian Studies (Award #1229)2016W
Manpreet KhabraMalwa Brotherhood (Award #1288)2016W
Shan Shan ZhaoPeter Harnetty Prize in Asian Studies (Award #180)2016W
Sukhwinder GillAttariwala/Dley Prize in Punjabi/Sikh Studies (Award #1245)2016W
Zeng YangC.K. Choi Prize in Buddhist Studies (Award #1260)2016W
Arjin ToorAugust LarsonÿMem. Prize in South Asian Studies (Award #1229)2015W
Berk DemiralUniversal Buddhist Temple Prize (Award #1211)2015W
Berk ZhuFung Hang Memorial Prize (Award #1208)2015W
Douglas OberCommunity Prize for South Asian Studies (Award #1318)2015W
Elsa Claire Camille ChanezNicki Magnolo Memorial Graduate Prize (Award #6418)2015W
Emily SouleCommunity Prize for Korean Studies (Award #1206)2015W
Gurinderpal MannHarmandeep Kaur Rai Memorial Prize (Award #1358)2015W
Haley BlumOgawa Kenji Mem. Prize in Japanese (Award #1235)2015W
Hsien-Ya ChouThe Mr. & Mrs. Sato Prize in Asian Studiesÿ (Award #1181)2015W
Jordan GalpinPeter Harnetty Prize in Asian Studies (Award #180)2015W
Joshua ChanCommunity Prize for Chinese (Award #1204)2015W
Monique ChiuUniversal Buddhist Temple Prize (Award #1211)2015W
Navneet AujlaMalwa Brotherhood (Award #1288)2015W
Stephanie MarUniversal Buddhist Temple Prize (Award #1211)2015W
Steven YeungC.K. Choi Prize in Buddhist Studies (Award #1260)2015W
Su-Yung SongUniversal Buddhist Temple Prize (Award #1211)2015W
Tarni KaurAttariwala/Dley Prize in Punjabi/Sikh Studies (Award #1245)2015W
Timothy BellefleurKonarak Prize in South Asian Studies (Award #1201)2015W
William StrausserCanadian Asia Pacific School Society Leadership Award in Asian Studies (Award #1388)2015W
Yevheniy VakhnenkoNicki Magnolo Memorial Graduate Prize (Award #6418)2015W