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Graduate Scholarships and Awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to graduate students on a competitive basis. We want to make sure you are successful in meeting the financial demands of your graduate education. If you have questions about these scholarship and award programs, please contact the Program Administrator.

The Yeates School of Graduate Studies administers a number of Scholarships and Awards as well as Other funding 

There are also a number of program-specific awards available within the MA in Public Policy and Administration.  Click the link below for further information on the awards and previous winners.

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Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

There are many awards available to both new and returning Ryerson University undergraduate students. Some awards are automatically awarded while others require applications. If you have questions about these scholarships and awards, please contact the Program Administrator of your program.

For general information about undergraduate awards available at Ryerson University, click here.

For more information about the following awards, and for information and photos of previous winners of them, follow the appropriate link below.

Politics and Governance
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Public Administration and Governance
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Special:  Eyeopener - Jay Sussman Memorial Award
A Journalism student who demonstrates excellend in political studies and journalism following two years of study is chosen by the Department of Politics and Public Administration to receive this annual award.
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University-wide:  Dennis Mock Student Leadership Awards
Each year, a number of students at Ryerson receive Dennis Mock Student Leadership Awards for voluntary contributions to their program (one category) or to the University as a whole (another category).
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Program Specific Awards

Awards Ceremonies

Each Fall, the Politics  and Governance program joins with other programs in the Faculty of Arts to hold an awards ceremony, often held in the historic Arts and Letters Club.

Click the "Learn More" button on each award below to learn more about the award and past winners of it.

David Crombie Excellence Award in Politics and Governance

Up to $1285

To be eligible for this award, a student must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, must be Ontario resident, must demonstrate financial need, must be enrolled as a full-time student in the final year of the Politics and Governance program and be in clear academic standing having completed 30 credits, must demonstrate academic excellence with a minimum CGPA of 3.67; must demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities such as community involvement, politics or volunteer work, and must provide two reference letters from individuals to support the above.

Dean of Arts Essay Prize

Four awards Faculty-wide of $100 each

Prizes are awarded for essays submitted in either Lower-Level or Upper-Level Liberal Studies courses (two awards at each level). In order to qualify, an essay must have been awarded a grade of “A” and be nominated by the course instructor.

Dean's List

Unlimited number of awards Faculty-wide; no cash value

Students who satisfy academic criteria based on Grade Point Average (GPA), number of courses taken, academic standing, and individual course grades will be placed on the Dean's List for each academic year.

Hicks Morley Scholarship in Politics and Governance

Two awards of up to $1250 each

To two full-time third-year undergraduate student in the Politics and Governance program who have completed their second year in the program and are enrolled in good standing for their third year of study.  Applicants must demonstrate overall excellence in their studies with a CGPA of 3.00 or higher; must submit a cover letter of one to two pages and resume demonstrating why they are an ideal candidate in terms of academic achievements and how they have contributed to their program, to the University and to the community in a broader sense.

Program Awards

Four awards (one for each year) of up to $xx each

The "top" student in each year of the program is recognised with a program award.  Performace in each year is calculated according the criteria shown.

Solly Patel Memorial Entrance Scholarship

Up to $1000

Available to a first-year student in the full-time Politics and Governance program; students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons; must be Ontario residents; must demonstrate financial need; must have a minimum 80% overall average in final year of high school; must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 courses/billing units in each of their first two semesters of study.

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Solly Patel Prize

Up to $150

For the best essay in social or political theory in any Ryerson undergraduate Politics or Public Administration course.  To be nominated by professor.

Program Specific Awards

For information about, and photos of, previous winners of these and other awards, click here.

Awards Ceremonies

At Spring convocation in each year, the Public Administration and Governance program holds a reception and awards ceremony on the ryerson campus.  Click on the hyperlinked dates below to see the photo albums.  Although photos are not available for all ceremonies, individual award winners are listed from the "Learn More" button of each award.

  • 07 June 2016
  • 12 June 2015 (no photos available)
  • 13 June 2014 (no photos available)
  • 14 June 2013 (no photos available)
  • 12 June 2012 (no photos available)
  • 17 June 2011
  • 18 June 2010
Click the "Learn More" button on each award below to learn more about the award and past winners of it.

Caroline Wheeler Public Administration Student Award

Up to $250

For contribution to the Public Administration program, support for fellow students, diligence and commitment to one's studies and participation in the Ryerson community.

David Crombie Achievement Award

Up to $1000

To be eligible for this award a student must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, be an Ontario resident, be enrolled as a part-time student in the final year of the Public Administration and Governance program and be in clear academic standing having completed 30 credits, and demonstrate academic excellence with a minimum CGPA of 3.67. A completed application must include a personal statement not to exceed 750 words outlining the applicant's interest in the study of public administration and highlighting relevant information such as extracurricular activities, community involvement, or volunteer work.

Dean of Arts Essay Prize

Four awards Faculty-wide of $100 each

Prizes are awarded for essays submitted in either Lower-Level or Upper-Level Liberal Studies courses (two awards at each level). In order to qualify, an essay must have been awarded a grade of “A” and be nominated by the course instructor.

Dean's List

Unlimited number of awards Faculty-wide; no cash value

Students who satisfy academic criteria based on Grade Point Average (GPA), number of courses taken, academic standing, and individual course grades will be placed on the Dean's List for each academic year.

Gerda Kaegi Award

Up to $250

One award will be given to the student who has produced the best final paper in either PPA50A/B (Practicum) or PPA51A/B (Research Paper).

To be nominated by the professors of PPA50 A/B and/or PPA51 A/B. Adjudication by Awards Committee.

Hans Johanson Memorial Award

Up to $260

For a graduate from the degree program with the highest cumulative grade point average who is not receiving any other award for academic achievement.

Jack Roy Longstaffe Memorial Scholarships

Three awards of up to $330 each

One award to the graduate of each Level with the highest cumulative grade point average (Level I Certificate; Level II Advanced Certificate; Level III Degree).

Solly Patel Memorial Entrance Award

Up to $1000

Available to a first-year student in the part-time Public Administration and Governance program; students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons; must be Ontario residents; must demonstrate financial need; must have a minimum 80% overall average in final year of high school; must be enrolled in a minimum of 2 courses/billing units in each of their first two semesters of study.

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Solly Patel Prize

Up to $150

For the best essay in social or political theory in any Ryerson undergraduate Politics or Public Administration course.

To be nominated by professor.

External Awards/Essay Competitions

Canadian Study of Parliament Group National Essay Competition

  • 5000 words (max) on any subject matter broadly relating to parliament, legislatures or legislators
  • $1000 prize and public recognition at a suitable event or time
  • Deadline usually in April of each year (check link for details)
  • click here for details of the current competition

Dalton Camp Award (FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting)

  • 2000 words (max) on the link between democratic values and the quality of the media in Canada.
  • First Prize: $10,000 cash plus a bronze cast medal by the late Canadian sculptress Dora de Pédèry-Hunt.
  • Second Prize of $2,500 may be awarded
  • Deadline: normally 15 November (check links for details

Fraser Institute Student Essay Contest

  • 1000 - 1500 words on different topic each year
  • $1,500 first prize; $1,000 second prize, $500 third prize
  • Deadline usually in May/June of each year (check link for details)

Ontario Centres of Excellence TalentEdge

See TalentEdge below for information on Internship and Fellowship Programs.

Progressive Economics Forum

  • 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
  • prizes for top graduate and top undergraduate essays
  • Deadline: usually 01 May of each year (consult links for details)
  • Further details here

TalentEdge (Ontario Centres of Excellence)

Internship and Fellowship Programs are open to final year undergraduate students, current graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from across all disciplines and all areas of specialization.

TalentEdge is designed to give the province's students real-world experience and the chance to apply their knowledge and leading-edge expertise to industry problems.  Placements can be either company- or academic-based and all placements must be project-based and have an R&D component. All projects must include at least one investing for-profit company that will contribute the required cash and in-kind contributions.

To learn more about the program click here.

Young Journalist Fellowship