Awards and Scholarships

University of Toronto Funding Opportunities

UTSC Political Science Department Leadership Award

This award recognizes outstanding student leadership and service to the Department of Political Science at UTSC and the wider community.

Nominees must submit a statement of maximum 500 words in which they explain their leadership service. Leadership positions must have a direct relationship to the Political Science Department and its various programs (political science; public policy; public law).  Leadership or outreach both within and/or outside of the university will be assessed on impact on an issue related to the Political Science Department’s programs. This can include (but is not limited to) leadership and volunteer related to UTSC student organizations, politics, public policy, public law, social justice, or human rights. In their statement, nominees must clearly indicate the type of leadership position, the work involved, the duration of involvement, and the impact on students and/or the wider community (with examples).

The nominee should identify the names of at least two people who can serve as a referee (the referees do not need to submit a reference letter). At least one of the referees must be a UTSC staff or faculty member.

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.”
  • None of the leadership positions that are claimed as part of the nomination can be part of a paid position
  • Not having received the UTSC Political Science Department’s Leadership Award in the past

A student can be nominated by UTSC staff, faculty; or by non-UTSC/non-UofT individuals who have a direct relationship to a leadership position claimed in the application. Self-nominations are encouraged.

The submission package consists of (1) the application form and (2) the nominee’s statement and 3) a c.v. The application form which includes a section for the statement of intent 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.

Submissions should be sent to

The deadline for 2021 submissions: is May 7, 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted.  

If you have questions, please contact award committee members and


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.
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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.
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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.
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Charles B. Koester Student Essay Competition 2020

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.

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Progressive Economics Forum

Students must complete a 5,000 - 10,000 words on any subject related to political economy, economic theory or an economic policy issue, which best reflects a critical approach to the functioning, efficiency, social and environmental consequences of unconstrained markets.
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Canadian Youth Environmental Leadership Scholarship

The Canadian Youth Environmental Leadership Scholarship will contribute to the advancement of new ideas and new ways of thinking when it comes to protecting the environment by supporting students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership and the environment. The scholarship, valued at $5,000, will be awarded to two Canadian citizens who have completed at least two years of an undergraduate program and who best combine academic achievement with public environmental service
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