Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships
The Mackenzie King Scholarships were set up under the will of the Rt. Hon. W.L. Mackenzie King (1874-1950), who was Prime Minister of Canada 1921-26, 1926-30, and 1935-48.
The Open Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere. One Open Scholarship is awarded each year. The value has recently been approximately $10,000 but is subject to change. The Traveling Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in the United States or the United Kingdom in the areas of international relations or industrial relations (including the international or industrial relations aspects of law, history, politics and economics). Recently four scholarships of $12,500 each have been awarded annually, but the number and the amount is subject to change.
- The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship is open to graduates of any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere.
- The Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship is open to graduates of any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) graduate study, in the United States or the United Kingdom, in the areas of international relations or industrial relations (including the international or industrial relations aspects of law, history, politics and economics).
- You must be a graduate (holder of a degree) of a Canadian university when tenure of the scholarship begins (typically in September).
Note: A candidate may not hold a Mackenzie King Scholarship at the same time as other scholarships without the written approval of the Board of Scholarship Trustees. This approval is usually given provided that the candidate’s total scholarship support, including the Mackenzie King Scholarship, does not exceed a maximum amount defined by the Board. Lately the maximum amount has been the candidate’s expected tuition fees plus C$16,000, but it is subject to change.
The awards will be based on high academic achievements (typically all A’s or very nearly so), personal qualities, and demonstrated aptitudes. Consideration will also be given to the applicant’s proposed program of study.
Applications must be made to the Faculty of Graduate Studies of your home university*. This is the Canadian university from which you most recently graduated or at which you are currently enrolled. You may apply for both scholarships (Travelling, Open) with a single application if you meet the eligibility criteria are met for both. Please note that these scholarships are for the upcoming academic year (2019-2020).
* UBC Okanagan students: Please mail your complete paper application directly to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the Vancouver campus (mailing address is listed at the bottom of this webpage).
A complete paper application package, mailed to the attention of the "Mackenzie King Scholarships Competition", must be received by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (UBC Vancouver) by 11:59pm PST on Monday, 3 February 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
A complete paper application consists of the following:
- The completed and signed application form.
- The application form must be signed at the bottom of the page.
- As indicated in the application form, Sheet A ('Supplementary information on academic achievements and experience')
- As indicated in the application form, Sheet B ('Personal statement')
- Three letters of reference:
- The letters should be from persons who have an intimate knowledge of your record and ability and are able to give a critical evaluation of your plans for graduate study.
- At least two of these testimonials must be from persons under whom you have taken your major work at university, or from senior colleagues with whom you have been associated in academic teaching or research.
- Note: Reference letters must include the author's signature and should be on official letterhead and in a sealed envelope.
- Official, up-to-date transcripts from for all post-secondary studies
- These may be original transcripts (in a sealed envelope from the institution) or “certified true” copies (provided by your UBC graduate program). Please note that applicants must request “certified true” copies of transcripts from their graduate program, not from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
- Applicants should provide transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies, including studies that did not lead to a degree.
- All transcripts should include the transcript key/legend (typically found on the back of each page of the transcript).
- UBC transcripts for all students with UBC grades: The applicant's "Academic History" printed from the SISC by the applicant's graduate program will be accepted. The grades summary screen from your SSC account is not acceptable.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials (including transcripts and reference letters) are received by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by the deadline. Applicants are advised to:
- Collect and then mail all their application materials together in one package.
- Applicants should arrange for their transcripts and reference letters to be sent to themselves (not directly to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) to add to their application package. Envelopes containing transcripts and reference letters must not be opened by the applicant, but must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in their original, sealed envelopes from the issuing institution or graduate program (transcripts) and referee (reference letters).
- When requesting transcripts and reference letters, ask that the address clearly indicate that the materials are for the “Mackenzie King Scholarships competition."
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will review all applications received and forward to the Mackenzie King Board of Scholarship Trustees a short-list of recommended candidates together with their applications. Applicants will be advised of the outcome of this internal competition in March 2020. Decisions in the national competition are usually announced by the end of May 2020. The award decisions will be made by, and at the sole discretion of, the Mackenzie King Board of Scholarship Trustees.