Local Government ProgramWestern Social Science

Scholarships & Funding

Spring CourtyardDomestic Students

Full-Time MPA Scholarships

Through partnership with the Faculty of Social Science, the Local Government Program secured scholarships for all full-time domestic MPA students starting in 2007.  This important funding support has continued, and eligible full-time students have received scholarships ever since.  In 2016 the base scholarships are set at $5000.00 per student.  We also have several larger scholarships available to top applicants valued at $8500.00 (these amounts are subject to 2016 Budget Process and authorization from the Dean of Social Science).

The program will continue to investigate opportunities to fund part-time and international students.  Currently those students are limited to seeking funding opportunities through the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Local Government Program Alumni Bursary (OSOTF Award)

Awarded to a graduate student who is registered part-time or full-time in the Masters of Public Administration program, who demonstrates the greatest financial need. Students must meet OSOTF guidelines. Selection of the recipient will be made by the Admissions Committee for the MPA program. The bursary was made possible by the generosity of Local Government Program alumni and supporters through Foundation Western

  • Value: $250
  • Deadline: October 1
  • Awarded once annually in the fall term

Eligibility

The "OSOTF awards" refer to a class of awards, which have resulted from Ontario government's "matching" program. Under the program every dollar of donation received for student assistance has been matched by the government as well as the university on a dollar-for-dollar basis. There are two major conditions for all OSOTF awards. Recipients must be Ontario residents and demonstrate financial need. OSOTF awards are restricted to the residents of Ontario who demonstrate financial need, according to the provincial government's guidelines on OSOTF program.

For the purpose of OSOTF awards, an Ontario resident is either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada who has an Ontario mailing address at the time the award is made.

Financial need can be demonstrated by completing a needs assessment form.

Application

To apply, student must be enrolled in the MPA program in Fall term.  Students should submit a one page letter to the Program Director outlining their financial need as well as a completed needs assessment form.

Applications should be submitted to:

  • Martin Horak
    Director, Local Government Program
    Department of Political Science
    Social Science Centre
    London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5C2
    ATTN: Local Government Awards Application

Work Study Program

Students may be eligible to work on campus through the work study program

External Funding Opportunities

Through government agencies, there are a number of external funding programs that MPA students may be interested in.  Detailed information on these opportunities are from on the external funding information site.

Other Scholarships and Bursaries

There are a variety of other scholarships and bursaries that MPA students can apply for.  For details, please see the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

International Students

Ken Chu Master of Public Administration International Scholarships

Ken Chu Master of Public Administration International Scholarships (School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Public Administration)

To be awarded annually to full-time international students from China who are enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program based on academic achievement. These scholarships, valued at $30,000 each (max. two per year) were established through the generosity of the Chu Family.

To Apply:

Apply for the 2017 Ken Chu Scholarship (1 to be awarded, valued at $30,000)

John and Catherine Kelly Master of Public Administration International Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time international student from Kosovo who is enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Faculty of Social Science, based on academic achievement. The scholarship is intended for a promising young professional who is working in public administration in Kosovo at the national or sub-national area or for a recent university graduate who intends to work in public administration in Kosovo.  A committee within the Master of Public Administration Program will select the recipient. At least one representative of the committee must hold membership within the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  This scholarship was established through the generosity of Dr. John Kelly (MA ’70, BA ’68) and his wife Catherine Kelly (Althouse College of Education ’69, BA ’68).

To Apply:

Apply for the 2018 John & Catherine Kelly Scholarship (1 to be awarded, valued at $25,000 CAD)