2017-2018 Mackenzie King Scholarships

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Award Overview

Student Deadline to SGS: January 16, 2017, 4:30pm

Open Scholarship - $8,500 for one year
Traveling Scholarship - $10,500 for one year

Level of study: Master’s or doctoral

Required Legal Status: Domestic or international

Results: July 2017 by agency

Two Mackenzie King Scholarships were established to support graduates of Canadian universities who are pursuing graduate studies. U of T is permitted to nominate 2 candidates from each category to the national competition.

The Open Scholarship is awarded to an applicant who has a degree from a Canadian university and is pursuing graduate studies in any discipline, within Canada or elsewhere. The Mackenzie King Board receives approximately 80 nominations annually from all universities to award one scholarship of approximately $8,500 (value is subject to change).

The Travelling Scholarship is awarded to applicants who have a degree from a Canadian university and are pursuing graduate studies in the areas of international or industrial relations within the United States or the United Kingdom. The Mackenzie King Board receives about 35 nominations annually for four scholarships, each of approximately $10,500 (number of recipients and value are subject to change).

Eligibility to Apply
Due to the competitive nature of these awards and the number of potentially eligible University of Toronto students/alumni, individuals who apply through U of T must meet all of the following criteria at the time of application (no exceptions):

  • Have applied for admission to a graduate program and will be commencing (or continuing in the 2nd or 3rd year of) full-time graduate studies in the upcoming 2017-2018 academic-year;
  • Will have obtained a degree (e.g. Bachelor’s or Master’s) from a Canadian University when tenure of the scholarship begins (Sept.2017);
  • Demonstrate a minimum grade of “A-” (80%, 3.7/4.0) in almost every undergraduate and graduate course completed to date. Applicants with a B+ or lower in any individual course will not be considered; and
  • Are at an early stage of their graduate program (years 1-3).

Please note that all U of T students receiving credit, funding or sanctioning from the University for an activity conducted outside of Canada need to complete safety abroad procedures before the travel occurs. View all the details on the Safety Abroad Office’s website.

Application Process
Applicants must assemble and submit their application in hardcopy to the SGS Graduate Awards Office (63 St. George St, Front Desk, First Floor) by January 16, 2017 at 4:30pm. U of T alumni may submit their applications by February 1, 2017 (4:30pm).

Applications that are incomplete, ineligible or are submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Applications or documentation sent directly to the Board administering the national competition will not be considered.

Application Package
A completed application will include all of the following items (no other supporting documentation will be accepted):

1. Completed and signed application form

2. Academic Achievements and Experience (“Sheet A”)

  • May be more than one page
  • List all undergraduate and graduate awards received
  • List all work experience related to your field of study
  • List all publications to date relevant to your field of study

3. Personal Statement (“Sheet B”)

  • 600 words maximum (no exceptions)
  • Must be readily understandable to individuals outside your discipline
  • Describe:
    o Academic interests
    o Extracurricular activities
    o Program of study you intend to pursue
    o Your plans for your career

4. Official transcripts from all universities attended (ROSI print-outs not accepted)

  • Certified photocopies of international transcripts may be submitted

5. Three (3) letters of reference:

  • Each letter must clearly state the referee’s name and contact information, and display the referee’s signature
  • Two of the letters must be from individuals who ascribe to either or both of the following descriptions:
    o A person under whom the applicant has performed major work within a university and is able to provide a critical evaluation of the applicant’s plans for graduate study
    o A senior colleague with whom the applicant has been associated in academic teaching / research and is able to provide a critical evaluation of the applicant’s plans for graduate study
  • The third letter must be from an individual who:
    o Also ascribes to one of the descriptions above, or;
    o At least has intimate knowledge of the applicant’s record and ability, and is able to provide a critical evaluation of the applicant’s plans for graduate study
  • Method of Delivery
    o If submitted by the applicant within the application package:
    § Each letter must be sealed in an envelope and display the referee’s signature across the envelope seal
    o If submitted by the referee via email:
    § Each email must come directly from the referee, state the name of the applicant, the name of the award, and be sent to lisa [dot] fanninatutoronto [dot] ca by the deadline

SGS will notify all U of T applicants regarding the status of their application and whether they are being nominated to the national competition in March.

Decisions regarding the national competition will be announced directly to successful nominees by the Mackenzie King Scholarship Selection Committee in July. Awardees will be asked to disclose any new award information upon accepting the offer. Candidates are generally not able to accept the scholarship if they have secured other funding that exceeds the “cap” of expected tuition plus $17,000. In some instances, a reduced amount may be offered.

Contacts & Resources
Eligibility criteria and application instructions can be found on SGS’ Mackenzie King Scholarships webpage.

Additional details can be found on the Mackenzie King Scholarship website

Questions can be directed to:
Lisa Fannin
Awards Officer, Internal
School of Graduate Studies
lisa [dot] fanninatutoronto [dot] ca