Political Science Department Awards

Please read the instructions carefully to confirm whether an application is required.

Scholarships marked with an asterisk (*) are funded by the University of Victoria Foundation.

Students may be considered for the following bursaries by completing the general bursary application. Only one application is necessary to be considered for all bursaries.

Scott Wallace Bursary*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A bursary will be awarded annually to a needy third year student majoring in Political Science who has demonstrated a sense of community responsibility and awareness of an obligation to serve society through active membership in various campus or community organisations. Although applications are not required for this bursary, studets who consider themselves eligible for it are invited to communicate with the Chair or Secretary of the Department.

Applications are required for in-course scholarships listed in this section. These scholarships are governed by the general regulations for scholarships, medals, and prizes. 

  • Unless stated otherwise, the application must be made through completion of the in-course scholarship application on My Page.
  • The deadline, unless stated otherwise, is May 31.
  • Some of the following awards may require application through the Department of Political Science; please review the eligibility criteria and application instructions below for further information.

 

The Walter D. Young Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

This scholarship requires students to apply directly to the Department of Political Science.

A scholarship is awarded to a student in an honours or major program offered by the Department of Political Science. To be eligible, students must have:

  • completed between 37.5 and 51 units (inclusive) of coursework towards their degree, and
  • at least 6 units of upper-level coursework in Political Science.

The recipient will be selected by a committee after consideration of the following criteria:

  • overall post-secondary academic performance;
  • grades in Canadian politics courses, particularly the grades in Political Science 101 and 201 or their equivalents;
  • and other activities undertaken at the University and in the wider community.

Application forms for this scholarship are available from the Department of Political Science and must be submitted not later than March 31.

Note: The committee may require that candidates for the scholarship submit an essay or term paper written by the candidate for an upper level university course. References may be sought and an interview may be held.

Undergraduates of Political Science Community Engagement Award

Value: $1000 | Number: 1

This scholarship requires students to apply directly to the Department of Political Science.

An award is given to an undergraduate student with a declared major in Political Science who has demonstrated community involvement. Nomination forms may be obtained from the Department of Political Science and submitted by September 30th. Approval of the recipients will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the Department of Political Science.

Applications from students are not required for scholarships listed in this section.

Unless otherwise indicated in the Terms of Reference, recipients are approved by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the Department of Political Science.

These scholarships are governed by the general regulations for scholarships, medals, and prizes.

Churchill Foundation Vancouver Island's Aleck Trawick Scholarship in Political Science*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student in the 3rd or 4th year of a Major or Honours program in Political Science and who best exemplifies the character and qualities of the Right Honourable Sir Winston Spencer Churchill, with emphasis on leadership, courage, innovation, determination and magnanimity.

Dr. Edgar S. Efrat Book Prize*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A prize is awarded to an outstanding student entering third or fourth year who is taking courses in Comparative Government.

James Wattie Memorial Essay Scholarship in International Relations*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an academically outstanding 3rd or 4th year student in a Major or Honours program in the Department of Political Science who has written the best essay for a course in the previous academic year on International Relations Theory.

Leo Chan Memorial Scholarship in Political Science*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate students who intend to do a Major or Honours program in Political Science. Preference will be given to students who have an interest in Canadian Politics and who can demonstrate leadership and/or community involvement.

Lieutenant-General S.F. Clark, CBE CD Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to a student of high academic standing in three units of senior undergraduate or graduate course work (or equivalent) dealing with military history or defense studies given in the Department of History or the Department of Political Science.

Approval of the winner will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the Department of History or the Department of Political Science.

Norman J. Ruff Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student entering their final year in a Majors or Honours program in Political Science with a wide interest in the study of British Columbia politics who has submitted the best essay on some aspect of BC politics, public policy or government.

Political Science Alumni Scholarship

Value: $1,000 | Number: 1

A scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to an academically outstanding undergraduate student entering 4th year who is studying political theory in the Department of Political Science.

Richard J. Powers Memorial Scholarship*

Value: Varies | Number: 1

A scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student who is entering third or fourth year of the Political Science program and who has achieved the highest standing in three or more units of International Politics courses.

Robert Lorne Stanfield Book Prizes in Political Science*

Value: Prize | Number: Varies

Prizes are awarded to the top students in Canadian Politics courses, particularly Political Science 101 and 201.

Walter D. Young Book Prize*

Value: $225 | Number: 2

Two prizes of $225 are awarded to the two students registered in first or second year who achieve the highest standing in three units of second year Political Science courses.

Walter D. Young Prizes*

Value: Varies | Number: Varies

One or more prizes are awarded to the top students in Canadian Politics courses, particularly Political Science 101 and 201. Preference will be given to students in their first or second year.