Awards and Scholarships

Student Leadership- Letter Awards

University of Toronto Funding Opportunities

UTSC Political Science Department’s Leadership Award

This award recognizes outstanding student leadership and service to the Department and the wider community.

Award Description:

This award (up to 4 awarded) is to recognize outstanding leadership by a UTSC student in political science during the academic year 2021-2022.  Award winners will receive a cash award valued at $250.  Leadership is defined broadly in the following 4 areas.  Students may identify up to 2 areas of leadership in their applications:

  1. Academic: Demonstrating outstanding academic achievement either through maintaining a high GPA and/or scholarly publications, participation in research conferences, etc.
  2. Public Engagement: Demonstrating leadership through engaging with a political or public policy issues (eg. environment, race/equity, pandemic politics, writing an op-ed on any social justice issue).  Political leadership is not defined solely by holding an elected position, but by what you were able to accomplish through public engagement. 
  3. Campus/Dept: Demonstrating significant contributions to campus life (can be virtual or physical) through organizing events, student programming, and other initiatives.  Must be a contribution to UTSC campus and/or to the political science department.
  4. Community: Demonstrating involvement with community organizations or initiatives outside of the campus.  “Community” is defined broadly to include neighborhood/district-level/municipal/provincial community.  Community engagement examples may include mobilizing at the grassroots for social justice issues, or participating in local councils, etc.


A nominee must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a current student at UTSC who is enrolled in a program offered by the UTSC Political Science Department
  • Be in good academic standing: “minimum cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.70 (B-) at the end of the previous academic session prior to the opening of the current nomination period.”
  • Leadership positions or activities claimed as part of the nomination CANNOT be paid positions or paid work.
  • Previous winners of the UTSC Political Science Department’s Leadership Award are not eligible.

Application Requirements:

Nominees must submit a 500 word (maximum) statement in which they explain their leadership activities and identify up to 2 leadership categories from the above list.

The nominee should identify two people who can serve as references (the referees do not need to submit a reference letter—they will be contacted by the Department). At least one of the referees must be a UTSC staff or faculty member.

The submission package consists of (1) the application form and (2) the nominee’s statement 3) a c.v.  and 4) an unofficial transcript. The application form can be found here:

UTSC Political Science Department Leadership Award Application Form

The submission package must be received as one single PDF document without any additional attachments. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Submissions should be sent to [].

The deadline for submission is March 31, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted.  

If you have questions, please contact [ and].


2022 UTSC Political Science Department Student Award Committee Members:

Diana Fu, Associate Professor of Political Science, UTSC

Matt Hoffmann, Professor of Political Science, UTSC


UTSC Undergraduate Research Poster Forum and UTSC Library Undergraduate Research Prize

The Undergraduate Research Forum allows students to communicate their research goals and outcomes to an academic community through the form of a poster presentation. The Undergraduate Research Prize allows students to reflect on their research experiences and the process of accumulating their research (for example, thorough the use of the library and other academic resources). Both opportunities are competitive and judged programs which reward  students withcash prizes as well as acknowledgement of their participation on their Co-Curricular Record.

For more information, please visit the following sites:
Undergraduate Research Forum (due February 28, 2020):

Undergraduate Research Prize (due March 31, 2020):

University of Toronto Excellence Awards (UTEA)

The University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA) program provides eligible undergraduate students with opportunities to conduct summer research projects under the supervision of eligible U of T faculty members.

For information on how to apply for an UTEA award check out our research database here

Academic Conference and Travel Fund

The Academic Travel Fund supports undergraduate student travel to academic conferences, meetings and/or research activities that will enhance their own academic experience and make a clear contribution to enhancing the student experience.
The fund reimburses approved travel expenses up to $2,000.
For more information please click here

Joseph Wong Student Experience Fund

This award provides undergraduate students with financial assistance for international learning experiences in or related to Asia, such as studying an Asian language abroad, undertaking field research or special projects, or participating in an international field school. Students will be expected to provide the Asian Institute with updates about their experience and produce a short report with photos upon completion of their travel. Quality of proposal will the primary criteria. Financial need may be considered.

Award Value: Up to $2,000
Eligibility: Undergraduate students in any faculty or program at the University of Toronto, including UTM and UTSC.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to as a single pdf attachment. The email subject line should be “Joseph Wong Student Experience Fund Application” and the file name of the pdf should be LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME-JWSEFYEAR.

1.       Statement of research/study interest. This should be no more than 1 page and outline the international learning experience you plan to undertake, including the academic rationale and the significance to your program of study.

2.       Curriculum Vitae (including contact information and student number)

3.       Academic transcript (printout from ACORN is fine)

4.       A detailed breakdown of estimated costs. Please make sure to comply with Safety Abroad regulations

5.       OSAP assessment, if eligible, or short paragraph describing your financial need for this award.

6.       One page letter of support from a University of Toronto faculty member. This may be emailed separately by the faculty member to, or submitted to Katherine MacIvor, 1 Devonshire Place room 228N, in a sealed envelope.

Application Deadline: March 9th, 2020

External Funding Opportunities

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

The Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship competition is for minority students of public administration, (governmental) accounting, finance, political science, economics or business administration (with a specific focus on government or nonprofit management) at the upper-division undergraduate or graduate level. The Minorities Scholarship is funded by Tyler Technologies.
For more information please click 

Mayor Andrée Boucher Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a female student enrolled in a Canadian college or university who is judged to have submitted the best research paper on issues related to women in politics. Special consideration given to essays with a focus on municipal government.
For more information please click here

Charles B. Koester Student Essay Competition 2022

Community college, CEGEP, university undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline are invited to participate in the 2020 Charles B. Koester Student Essay Competition sponsored by the Canadian Study of Parliament Group (CSPG). The author of the best essay will recieve a $1000 prize. The best essay will be posted on the CSPG Website. Additional prizes may also be awarded at the discretion of the CSPG

The CSPG welcomes submissions on any subject matter broadly relating to Parliament, legislatures or legislators, including but not limited to elections, political parties or the relationship between legislatures or legislators and other branches or areas of government such as the executive or the courts. Papers may focus on any one jurisdiction. We welcome comparative analysis or either a federal-provincial or international focus. Essays may be submitted in either official language.

For more information please click here