Scholarships and Awards

Mackenzie King Scholarships

The Mackenzie King Scholarships were established as an independent trust under the will of the late Rt Hon William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874 - 1950) and the trust is administered by a Board of Scholarship Trustees.

There are two types of scholarships offered: the Mackenzie King Open Scholarship and the Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship.

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Mackenzie King Open Scholarship

  • Value
    The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship is valued at $8,500. One scholarship is awarded annually.
  • Eligibility

    The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship is open to graduates of any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) postgraduate study in any field, in Canada or elsewhere.

    Winning applicants must be graduates (holders of a degree) of a Canadian university when tenure of the scholarship begins.

    NOTE: A candidate may not hold a Mackenzie King Scholarship at the same time as other scholarships without the written approval of the Board of Scholarship Trustees. Please see the Mackenzie King Scholarships website for more information.

  • Application Procedures

    Details for the 2020 Mackenzie King Open Scholarship application process are forthcoming.

    Applications must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) of an applicant’s “home” university. This is the Canadian university from which an applicant most recently graduated or at which they are currently enrolled. Applicants may apply for both scholarships with a single application if the eligibility criteria are met for both scholarships.

    Applicants who are applying through the U of A are expected to review the information on this page as well as the information provided on the Mackenzie King website.

    A complete application consists of:

    1. The completed and signed application form (including attached sheets A and B as described on that form). The application form is available on the Mackenzie King Scholarships website.
    2. Three* letters of reference from persons who have an intimate knowledge of your record and ability and are able to give a critical evaluation of your plans for graduate study.
    *At least two of these testimonials must be from persons under whom you have taken your major work at university, or from senior colleagues with whom you have been associated in academic teaching or research.

    associated in academic teaching or research.

    Reference letters may be submitted to FGSR in either of the following formats:

    • Email: referees must email their letters directly to FGSR, Awards Services at grad.awards@ualberta.ca. The email subject must clearly state 1.) the name of the student and 2.) “Mackenzie King Scholarship Application Reference Letter”. Letters sent to students and subsequently forwarded to FGSR will not be accepted.

    • Hard copy: reference letters must be submitted to FGSR, Awards Services in sealed envelopes. The envelope must be signed by the referee on the back across the seal. The front of the envelope must clearly state both 1.) the name of the student and 2.) “Mackenzie King Scholarship Reference Letter”.


    3. Certified copies of official transcripts of marks and other academic records from each university you have attended. This includes: incomplete degrees, transfer credits, miscellaneous course-work taken.

    • Domestic transcripts (from institutions within Canada): Applicants are expected to order each transcript from the source institution and have it sent directly to FGSR, Awards Services. When ordering transcripts, please have them addressed to “Attn: Awards Services, Mackenzie King Competition”.
    • International transcripts (from institutions outside Canada): If FGSR does not have a certified original/English translation of your transcript on file, one must be submitted with the application. If unsure, please contact us, grad.awards@ualberta.ca, to confirm whether or not we have your international transcript.

  • Adjudication Procedures

    At both the institutional competition level, and at national competition level, selection will be based on high academic achievements (typically all A’s or very nearly so), personal qualities, and demonstrated aptitudes. Consideration will also be given to the applicant’s proposed program of study.

    This year, the FGSR may forward the two top-ranked applications received for each of the scholarship competitions to the Mackenzie King Scholarships Board of Scholarship Trustees. FGSR will notify all applicants of the results of the institutional competition.

    Decisions in the national competition are usually announced by the end of May.

  • Deadline

    Deadline for 2020 competition: TBA

Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship

  • Value
    The Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship is valued at $10,500. Four scholarships are awarded annually.
  • Eligibility

    The Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship is open to graduates of any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) postgraduate study, in the United States or the United Kingdom, in international relations or industrial relations (including the international or industrial relations aspects of law, history, politics and economics).

    Winning applicants must be graduates (holders of a degree) of a Canadian university when tenure of the scholarship begins.

    NOTE: A candidate may not hold a Mackenzie King Scholarship at the same time as other scholarships without the written approval of the Board of Scholarship Trustees. Please see the Mackenzie King Scholarships website for more information.

  • Application Procedures

    Details for the 2020 Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship application process are forthcoming

    Applications must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) of an applicant’s “home” university. This is the Canadian university from which an applicant most recently graduated or at which they are currently enrolled. Applicants may apply for both scholarships with a single application if the eligibility criteria are met for both scholarships.

    Applicants who are applying through the U of A are expected to review the information on this page as well as the information provided on the Mackenzie King website.

    A complete application consists of:

    1. The completed and signed application form (including attached sheets A and B as described on that form). The application form is available on the Mackenzie King Scholarships website.
    2. Three* letters of reference from persons who have an intimate knowledge of your record and ability and are able to give a critical evaluation of your plans for graduate study.
    *At least two of these testimonials must be from persons under whom you have taken your major work at university, or from senior colleagues with whom you have been associated in academic teaching or research.

    Reference letters may be submitted to FGSR in either of the following formats:

    • Email: referees must email their letters directly to FGSR, Awards Services at grad.awards@ualberta.ca. The email subject must clearly state 1.) the name of the student and 2.) “Mackenzie King Scholarship Application Reference Letter”. Letters sent to students and subsequently forwarded to FGSR will not be accepted.
    • Hard copy: reference letters must be submitted to FGSR, Awards Services in sealed envelopes. The envelope must be signed by the referee on the back across the seal. The front of the envelope must clearly state both 1.) the name of the student and 2.) “Mackenzie King Scholarship Reference Letter”.


    3. Certified copies of official transcripts of marks and other academic records from each university you have attended. This includes: incomplete degrees, transfer credits, miscellaneous course-work taken.

    • Domestic transcripts (from institutions within Canada): Applicants are expected to order each transcript from the source institution and have it sent directly to FGSR, Awards Services. When ordering transcripts, please have them addressed to “Attn: Awards Services, Mackenzie King Competition”.
    • International transcripts (from institutions outside Canada): If FGSR does not have a certified original/English translation of your transcript on file, one must be submitted with the application. If unsure, please contact us, grad.awards@ualberta.ca, to confirm whether or not we have your international transcript.

  • Adjudication Procedures

    At both the institutional competition level, and at national competition level, selection will be based on high academic achievements (typically all A’s or very nearly so), personal qualities, and demonstrated aptitudes. Consideration will also be given to the applicant’s proposed program of study.

    This year, the FGSR may forward the two top-ranked applications received for each of the scholarship competitions to the Mackenzie King Scholarships Board of Scholarship Trustees. FGSR will notify all applicants of the results of the institutional competition.

    Decisions in the national competition are usually announced by the end of May.

  • Deadline

    Deadline for 2020 competition: TBA