Students admitted to the political science undergraduate program are considered eligible for the following prizes, awards, and scholarships:
The Department of Political Science Bursary for Black/African Canadian or Indigenous Students
About the Bursary:
This fund was created through the generosity of the faculty and staff in the Department of Political Science. The bursary is intended to alleviate financial difficulties for Black/African Canadian and Indigenous students who have declared themselves as Political Science majors or honours students. The bursary is also intended to help retention and encourage student success in the program, and to support the Department’s commitment to expand the diversity of the program, in line with the Senate report on Indigenous and Black/African Canadian Student Access and Retention. The bursary will allow faculty to address the need for greater diversity concretely, alongside their efforts to address these issues in curriculum and research.
The fund will provide an in-course bursary to one or more Black/African Canadian and/or Indigenous student enrolled as a Political Science major at Dalhousie University. The student(s) will have demonstrated financial need.
How to apply for the bursary:
Students apply for this bursary by completing the Dalhousie Undergraduate In-Course Bursary application through their DalOnline access. The application is made through the student awards and financial aid tab. The application opened on August 17th and will close on October 15th each year. Final award decisions by the Dalhousie Registrar’s Awards Office will be made after October 15th. The application will then reopen again for the winter term in mid-December and will close February 15th each year.
Rear-Admiral F.W. Crickard Award
This award valued at $500 will be offered once a year to the Undergraduate student who has been nominated by a faculty member for the best IR paper in a Political Science course.
The James H. Aitchison Award
In 1979 colleagues of Dr. J.H. Aitchison established a fund from which an annual prize would be awarded in recognition of the best undergraduate honours essay. The fund was established to honour Professor Aitchison who was instrumental in founding the Department.
The Eric Dennis Gold Medal
Founded by Senator William Dennis and Mrs. Dennis, this medal will be awarded on graduation to the student who stands first among those taking First Class Honours in Government and Political Science.
The H.B. McCulloch Memorial Prize in Political Science
This prize will be awarded annually to the student who, among all the first and second year students registered in introductory classes in Political Science, is judged to have written the best essay in the second term.
Commonwealth Political Philosophy Prize
Established by John W. Beveridge (BA, Honours 1971) for students who demonstrate interest and achievement in the field of political philosophy. The prize name derives from Commonweal, understood as society and government that endeavours to serve and represent community, without tending towards a totalitarian system. This prize is awarded annually to the student who has achieved the highest grade in a course on political philosophy/the Foundations of Political Thought (currently POLI 2410.03/2420.03).
Women in Politics Scholarship
The Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University is pleased to invite applications to the Women* in Politics Scholarship. The Women in Politics Scholarship is meant to encourage and inspire female Political Science students as they aspire towards their career in the field. Two scholarships will be given out annually for $1,000 per award while sufficient funds are available in the fund. Applicants must apply in writing to this scholarship by May 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence, identify as female, preference will be given to applicants who have voluntarily self-identified as belonging to a designated group as defined by the University, and have declared a major in Political Science.