Political Science

Undergraduate Awards & Scholarships

External Awards

The Office of Student Awards is charged with the responsibility of administering all student awards and bursaries. To investigate the opportunities, visit Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards.

Departmental Awards

Alastair & Irma MacLeod Scholarship

Value: 2 @ $1,700 each

Criteria: To be awarded to students with superior academic achievement in Political Science, entering the third or fourth year of studies. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of academic standing and a demonstrated interest in socialist thought.

Students must:

  • Be registered in a BA program in Political Science and have completed a minimum of 60 units of course work toward their degree.
  • Demonstrate superior academic standing (GPA of 3.5 on a minimum of 24 units of course weight) in the current academic year. Official transcripts must be submitted.
  • Demonstrate an interest in socialist thought.

Application: Students must submit a letter of application (max. 600 words) to the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Political Science.This letter should outline their interest in the questions raised by the tradition of socialist thought.

Deadline: May 15

F.T. Jenner Memorial Prizes in Canadian Studies

Value: variable ($1,500 -$5,000)

Criteria: To be awarded to students with superior academic achievement in Political Science.  Preference will be given to students whose stated intent is the further study of Canadian traditions, culture, and development.


Students must:

  • Demonstrate superior academic standing (GPA of 3.5 on a minimum of 24 units of course weight) in the current academic year. Official transcripts must be submitted.
  • Demonstrate involvement in Canadian politics and society (community service, political involvement/activism, extracurricular activities, etc.).
  • Demonstrate plans for future studies in Canadian politics and society (in POL S and beyond, at the undergraduate or graduate levels).

Application: Students must submit a letter of application (max. of 600 words) to the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Political Science. This letter should outline how they intend to continue their studies in Canadian politics and society and specify any extracurricular activities and/or community service that reflect the student’s contribution to Canadian politics and society.

Deadline: May 15

Scott Thorkelson Scholarship in the Study of Public Policy and Administration

Award: $900

Criteria: To be awarded to a student with superior academic achievement, entering the third or fourth year of undergraduate study with a major in Political Science. Selection based on demonstrated interest in Public Policy and Administration through: courses completed in the subject, and employment and/or volunteer activities related to either subject.

Students must:

  • Demonstrate superior academic standing (GPA of 3.5 on a minimum of 24 units of course weight) in the current academic year. Official transcripts must be submitted.
  • Demonstrate an interest in Public Policy and Administration through courses completed in the subject and employment and/or volunteer activities related to either subject.
  • Specify how they intend to continue their studies of, or contribution to, Public Policy and Administration.

Application: Students must submit a letter of application (max. of 600 words) to the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Political Science. This letter should outline their interest and experience in the study of Public Policy and Administration and their plans to continue their studies of, or contribution to, Public Policy and Administration.

Deadline: May 15

Duncan Alexander MacGibbon Medal in Political Science

Award: medal

Criteria: To be awarded to the student graduating from Honors Political Science with Highest Distinction. Official transcripts must be submitted.

Roberta E. McKown Prize

Award: 2 @ $800. each

Criteria: To be awarded annually to a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts (AR20) degree in Political Science with the highest grade point average (GPA) in Political Science courses, provided that a minimum GPA is 3.5 is attained. The GPA in this case will be calculated on the basis of all political science courses taken as part of the Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Alberta. Official transcripts must be submitted. In the event of a tie, the award will be split between the students.