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Funding & Support

There are a number of opportunities available to help fund your MPA degree:

Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarships

The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers entrance scholarships to students in the Master of Public Administration program. These awards are made on the basis of scholarly performance and promise. Applicants wishing to be considered for fellowships should indicate their interest in their original application.  

MPA students may also apply for appropriate university-wide scholarships, such as the Killiam scholarships. Those who might qualify for outside scholarships (e.g. SSHRCC, CMHC, Transport Canada) may seek assistance from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the School to complete the application process.

See the full list of Faculty of Graduate Studies scholarships.

Teaching and Marking Assistantships

A number of assistantships are available from the School. Details of the positions and the procedures for applying will be distributed by email to all MPA students.

The optional MPA Internship Program offers an opportunity for a paid work term.  

Guy Henson Gold Medal in Public Administration

The Guy Henson Gold Medal honours the memory of Dr. Guy Henson, a former Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, Professor of Public Administration at Dalhousie, and a member of the Order of Canada.

Graduating MPA students and faculty annually vote on the awarding of the Henson Medal. It is awarded to a graduating MPA student who has achieved a high level of scholastic achievement, personal integrity, social justice and professionalism.

Public Administration Alumni Awards

$500 is awarded by the School annually to the student obtaining the highest aggregate standing in the first year of the Master of Public Administration program.

$1,000 is awarded by the School annually to the student entering the MPA program who is deemed by the Admissions Committee to have attained the highest level of scholarship in a previous academic program.

Tom Merklinger Award

The Tom Merklinger Award ($250) is  presented annually in memory of Tom Merklinger (MPA'79) to the student attaining the highest overall standing in MPA 5120. The endowment fund for this award is accumulated from donations made to the School by alumni, friends and faculty.

IPAC Award for Academic Excellence

The Nova Scotia Regional Group of IPAC annually awards two certificates plus memberships in the Institute to graduating MPA students—one to a full-time and one to a part-time student. Recipients are those who best fulfil the criteria of academic excellence specified by the School.

Roselle Green Award in Public Administration

This annual award goes to a full-time student who has completed the requirements for the first year of the MPA program, and who demonstrates an interest in the areas of community and public affairs as they impact public policy.