Prizes and Scholarships

Students are eligible to receive some combination of scholarships and teaching assistanceships. Many also work as research assistants for faculty members, who generate a significant number of major research grants each year. We also encourage applicants to seek support from external sources. This is especially the case for Ph.D. students who are expected to seek support from agencies like Social Sciences and Humanities Research council of Canada (SSHRC) or IDRC. Scholarship programs are also managed by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

Students admitted to the political science program are automatically considered, if eligible, for the following prizes, awards, and scholarships.

Glyn R. Berry Scholarship Memorial Scholarship in International Policy Studies

For a PhD candidate who specializes in Canadian foreign policy, defence and security policy, development assistance policy, or another area addressing Canada's role in international affairs.

On January 15, 2006, senior Canadian diplomat Glyn R. Berry was tragically killed in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan. At that time, he was Political Director for the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT). Mr. Berry was a principled humanitarian; passionately devoted to improving conditions for ordinary people in desperate circumstances.

Mr. Berry graduated with a PhD (Political Science) from Dalhousie University in 1981. In his honour, Dalhousie, in partnership with DFAIT, created the Glyn R. Berry Memorial Scholarship in International Policy Studies.

Doris Boyle Prize

To be awarded to the best essay written by a graduate student in the area of international relations.

Doris Boyle served for many years as Administrative Secretary of the Centre for the Study of Security and Development (formerly Centre for Foreign Policy Studies), from its creation in 1971 until her retirement. The prize was created by faculty and research staff of the Centre to honour her contributions to the activities of the Centre.

Margaret Meagher Fellowship in Political Science

For a student entering the MA program in the field of international relations.

Dr. Meagher was a Haligonian and Dalhousie alumnus. She had a long and distinguished career with the Department of External Affairs. She was among the first group of women admitted to the Foreign Service and was the first Canadian woman to serve as an Ambassador. During her years with the Department, positions she held included Canadian Ambassador to Israel, Austria, and Sweden, Canadian High Commissioner to Cyprus, Kenya, and Uganda as well as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Keens-Morden Scholarship

For a student entering the MA program who has demonstrated a keen interest in international relations, Canadian foreign policy, or defence and security studies.

Reid Morden graduated from Dalhousie University with a BA in Political Science in 1963. A career public servant, he has held a number of senior positions, including Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and President and CEO of /Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. Following these appointments, Dr. Morden spent time in the private sector, mostly dealing with business intelligence. Mr. Morden is a Member of the Order of Canada, a Grand Officer of the Order of the Southern Cross (Brazil) and a holder of the Ian L. MacRae Award from the nuclear industry.

Margaret (Keens) Morden graduate from Dalhousie University with a BA in History. She then obtained a Library of Science degree from the University of Toronto and began her professional career with the Ottawa Public Library. For eleven years, Margaret was the Acquisitions Librarian at the Bank of Canada. More recently, Margaret has done volunteer work for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Osteoporosis Society of Canada, and is on the executive of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts.

Killam Graduate and Postgraduate Scholarships

Please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for information regarding Killam Graduate and Postgraduate Scholarships.  

The Timothy Shaw & Jane Parpart Scholarship in Political Science

Thanks to the generosity of Timothy Shaw and Jane Parpart, the Department of Political Science is delighted to announce the inauguration of the Timothy Shaw and Jane Parpart Scholarship in Political Science.

Scholarships will support students pursuing graduate study at the MA or PhD level who are from the Global South, and/or researching topics concerning the Global South. Candidates must have an excellent academic record and an appropriate background in Political Science.

For more information about this this award, please contact

To learn more information about the donors of this award we will encourage you to read the article in the Dalhousie Alumni magazine. Click Here


Previous Award Winners


Glyn R. Berry Scholarship   Xinyu Gong
Doris Boyle Prize Allison Chandler
Margaret Meagher Fellowship Mirriam A. Mensah
Keens-Morden Scholarship
Caira Mohamed
Shaw-Parpart Scholarship Patricia Porto de Barros Ayaz


Glyn R. Berry Scholarship   Xinyu Gong
Doris Boyle Prize Francesca Bray
Margaret Meagher Fellowship Joseph Fitkowski
Keens-Morden Scholarship
Joseph Fitkowski
Shaw-Parpart Scholarship Patricia Porto de Barros Ayaz


Glyn R. Berry Scholarship   Nafisa Abdulhamid  
Doris Boyle Prize Francesca Bray
Margaret Meagher Fellowship Meghan Scott
Keens-Morden Scholarship
Benjamin Ofosu-Atuahene
Shaw-Parpart Scholarship Benjamin Ofosu-Atuahene
Patricia Barros


Glyn R. Berry Scholarship   Nafisa Abdulhamid  
Doris Boyle Prize Grant Curtis
Margaret Meagher Fellowship Allyssa Walsh
Keens-Morden Scholarship
Shaw-Parpart Scholarship Nafisa Abdulhamid


Glyn R. Berry Scholarship   Nafisa Abdulhamid  
Doris Boyle Prize Amy MacKenzie
Margaret Meagher Fellowship Peter Velasco
Keens-Morden Scholarship
Amy MacKenzie
Shaw-Parpart Scholarship Nafisa Abdulhamid
Shawna-Rae McLean


Glyn R. Berry Scholarship   Nasifa Abdulhamid  
Doris Boyle Prize Nafisa Abdulhamid
Margaret Meagher Fellowship Peter Velasco
Keens-Morden Scholarship
Amy MacKenzie


Glyn R. Berry Scholarship   Nasifa Abdulhamid  
Doris Boyle Prize Liam Hunt
Margaret Meagher Fellowship Mohammed Elgayar
Keens-Morden Scholarship
Rhys Robinson


Glyn R. Berry Scholarship    
Doris Boyle Prize Jennifer Smith
Margaret Meagher Fellowship  
Keens-Morden Scholarship


Additional Funding Opportunities at Dalhousie


Full Graduate Scholarships for Black South Africans

If you are completing (or have recently completed) a four-year undergraduate Honours or Master’s degree, and are thinking of undertaking graduate-level studies, consider studying at Dalhousie University on Canada’s east coast. Dalhousie’s Southern African Student Education Project (SASEP) offers qualified black Southern Africans an opportunity to study for an internationally accepted graduate degree (Master’s or Doctoral) plus the valuable experience of living in another country. Eligible countries include South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

SASEP provides full scholarship funding to black Southern Africans to pursue graduate degrees so that they may return to Southern Africa to further contribute to the development of their country.

Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence Scholarship

The Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence at Dalhousie University is funded in part by the European Union to study comparative polices pertaining to the European Union (EU) and Canada; EU-Canada relations and EU policies more generally.

The Centre is providing an annual scholarship to a Master’s or PhD student to study any aspect of the European Union from politics to culture. Preference will be given to students who can demonstrate an active interest in the EU through prior learning. Current thesis Masters and Doctoral students with a first class average who intend to or are pursuing studies and research related to the EU are eligible to apply. Scholarships are for one year only. Award recipients will be identified by the Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence Graduate Studies Scholarship Committee.

Award decisions are not appealable and any fees owing at the time of award payment will be paid to Dalhousie first. The Award is valued at $2000 for a twelve-month academic year (one award per year). It is tenable only at Dalhousie University.

Please contact for more information.