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.


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

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


The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship is open to graduates (meaning holders of a degree) of any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) graduate study (master's or doctoral) in any field, in Canada or elsewhere.

The Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship is open to graduates (meaning holders of a degree) of any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) graduate study (master's or doctoral), in the United States or the United Kingdom, of international relations or industrial relations (including the international or industrial relations
aspects of law, history, politics and economics).

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

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 must be emailed directly to FGSR, Award Services at by February 1, 2021. 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.
  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 and USA): Applicants are expected to order each transcript from the source institution.
    • International transcripts (from institutions outside Canada and USA): 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,, to confirm whether or not we have your international transcript.

      2021 Mackenzie King Memo
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.


Deadline for students to submit the complete application (including an electronic copy of official transcripts) via email at Monday, February 1, 2021.

Note: All reference letters must be received, by email (, by Monday, February 1, 2021 for the application to be considered complete.

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