Financial Support

All students who apply to the MPM for full-time studies before February 1 will be considered for funding. A separate application for entrance awards is not required. However, some awards consider an applicant’s statement of intent, experience and other aspects of their application file. Most, but not all, awards are restricted to full-time students. Please consult the list below.

Qualifying students with exceptional academic grades may also apply to be considered for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS). Applications for this award open on August 15 and must be received before November 15. Note that OGS awards are announced by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, not the program, and normally towards the end of the Winter term.

Separate applications for the awards below are not required. Please consult the information on this page for a complete list of admissions requirements and documents to include in your application.

Entrance awards specific to the MPM program:

  • Jaimie Anderson Scholarships: awarded to outstanding graduate students entering the Political Management program who aspire to encourage civil discourse, and ethical and positive values in political life in Canada. Consideration will be given to students from diverse backgrounds and those who face barriers to graduate education. Established in 2023 by the Jaimie Anderson Internship Fund to honour her memory and her approach to politics.
  • Krystyna Rudko Scholarships in Political Management: awarded to outstanding graduate students entering the MPM  program. Endowed in 2019 by the Estate of Maria Uchacz-Rudko, in honour of her daughter Krystyna Rudko.
  • Nancy Jamieson Scholarship for Women in Progressive Politicsawarded to one outstanding graduate student entering the MPM program and who shares Ms. Jamieson’s commitment to leadership on gender equity and inclusion in Canadian politics. Established by Bruce Anderson to honour his wife, Ms. Nancy Jamieson.
  • First Lake Solutions Award in Political Management: awarded annually to outstanding graduate students starting or continuing in the MPM program. Available to both full-time and part-time students. Consideration will be given to students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 2023 by First Lake Solutions.
  • Great Lakes Fishery Commission Scholarships in Political Managementawarded to outstanding students entering the MPM program who demonstrate an interest in federal politics. Endowed in 2021 by The Great Lakes Fishery Commission.
  • GRIC and PAAC Award in Political Management: awarded to an outstanding graduate student entering the Master of Political Management program with an interest in government relations and public affairs. Consideration will be given to students from underrepresented backgrounds. Established in 2023 jointly by the Government Relations Institute of Canada and the Public Affairs Association of Canada.

As an intensive and professional masters program, the MPM does not include Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant positions in offers of funding. Instead, entrance awards enable students to focus their time on coursework as well as experiential learning opportunities related to their studies.

Students who are successfully admitted to the program can also apply, in the Fall Term, for a series of donor-funded scholarships and bursaries. These are limited to current Carleton graduate students. For more information on these awards, consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies webpage.