Scholarships & awards

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Access scholarships, awards & grants

PCJ students have access to a number of in-course scholarships and undergraduate awards, as well research grants which are exclusive to the PCJ program. See below for additional details.

Undergraduate scholarships & awards

The Kiessling/Isaak Family Internship Scholarship - NEW

The Kiessling/Isaak Family Internship Scholarship is available to assist students with the financial costs associated with participating in an internship.  It is to be awarded to 1-2 full-time undergraduate student(s) enrolled in the Peace, Conflict and Justice undergraduate program at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, based on academic merit and participation in an international or domestic internship placement with government, non-governmental organizations, or the private sector.

In addition to standard application instructions, students should request that internship hosts send a letter confirming their participation, applicant’s role, program duration, and whether the internship is paid/unpaid to pcj.program@utoronto.ca.

The Donald S. Macdonald Internship Scholarship

The Donald S. Macdonald Intern Scholarship is available to assist students with the financial costs associated with participating in an internship.  It is to be awarded to 1-2 undergraduate student(s) enrolled in the Peace, Conflict and Justice undergraduate program at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, based on academic merit and participation in an international or domestic internship placement with government, non-governmental organizations, or the private sector.

In addition to standard application instructions, students should request that internship hosts send a letter confirming their participation, applicant’s role, program duration, and whether the internship is paid/unpaid to pcj.program@utoronto.ca.

  • 2021-22 Awardee: Atharv Agarwal

  • 2020-21 Awardees: Eric Jackson & Ashwini Selvakumaran

  • 2019-20 Awardee: Hamza Naim

  • 2018-19 Awardee: Jennafer Lemieux

  • 2017-18 Awardee: Engin Polar

Dr. Anatol Rapoport Award in Peace & Conflict Studies

Open to 3rd/4th year or graduating students

The Dr. Anatol Rapoport Award in Peace & Conflict Studies is available to PCJ students with preference to a student working in the areas of game theory and mathematics psychology.

Interested students should submit a one-page letter indicating whether you are working in game theory and mathematical psychology, and how it has affected your understanding of peace, conflict and justice.

  • 2020-21 Awardee: Isabelle Buchanan
  • 2019-20 Awardee: Alexandra Johnston
  • 2017-18 Awardee: Sayeh Yousefi
Louis Savlov Scholarship in Peace & Conflict Studies

Open to 3rd/4th year or graduating students

The Louis Savlov Scholarship in Peace & Conflict Studies recognizes academic performance and involvement in activities related to the peace, conflict and justice program. Interested students should submit a one two-page letter outlining involvement in the PCJ program (e.g. activities, groups, leadership).

  • 2021-22 Awardee: Fayha Najeeb
  • 2020-21 Awardee: Elizabeth Shaw
  • 2019-20 Awardee: Jonah Toth
  • 2018-19 Awardees: Semira Duman & Muriam Fancy
  • 2017-18 Awardee: Tea Cimini
Pearson Entrance Scholarship

Open to PCJ students in any year of study

The Pearson Entrance Scholarship is available to provide funds to cover tuition expenses for a PCJ student with preference for a student from Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific of Victoria, B.C.

For those who attended Pearson College, please submit a maximum two page application on how your education at Pearson College informed your understanding of Peace and Conflict Studies and contributed to your interest in the subject matter.

  • 2021-22 Awardee: Jonathan Angell
  • 2020-21 Awardee: Maria Staszkiewicz
  • 2018-19 Awardees: Martina Facchin, Ianeke Romero
  • 2017-18 Awardee: Jonah Toth
Pearson In-Course Scholarship

Open to PCJ students in any year of study

The Pearson In-Course Scholarship is to provide funds to support students in the Peace, Conflict and Justice program to pursue an internship, study abroad and/or field research.

Applicants must submit:

  1. A maximum two-page essay outlining their internship (organization, role, program duration , paid/unpaid), study abroad (exchange destination, host institution, semester of exchange, intended coursework) or field research plans (topic, date of departure, duration, research methodology)
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Unofficial transcript from ACORN
     
  • 2021-22 Awardee: Mohamed Dasu
  • 2019-20: Awardee: Rushay Naik
Terry Gardner Scholarship

Open to a PCJ student who is not graduating in June or November 2024

To be awarded to a third year undergraduate student studying peaceful approaches to preventing and resolving conflicts among individuals, and groups and/or finding just solutions to ongoing global and local issues. Recipient’s studies MUST be focused on peace studies.

Applicants must submit a one-page, essay outlining their program of study and/or project/research, and how it relates to the study of, and/or will allow them to pursue, peaceful approaches to preventing and/or resolving conflicts among individuals and groups and/or finding just solutions to ongoing global and local issues.

Recipients must satisfy the eligibility requirements of the OTSS program (must be receiving OSAP).

  • 2020-21 Awardee: Fayha Najeeb
  • 2019-20 Awardee: Diego Vásquez
  • 2018-19 Awardee: Sydney Wilson
  • 2017-18 Awardee: Ibnul Chowdhury
How to apply for the above undergraduate scholarships or awards
  • Submit all application materials in a single file (PDF or Word) to pcj.program@utoronto.ca by January 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM.
  • Note: The above deadline does not apply to internship scholarships. If you are hired for an internship program after January 15th, and are interested in applying for an internship scholarship, please email pcj.program@utoronto.ca for more information and to confirm your eligibility.
  • Must be enrolled in the PCJ program to be considered
  • All awards require a resume and unofficial transcript from ACORN, in addition to specific supplementary materials noted for each each award
  • Submit your application with the file name – Last Name, First Name – Award Name (eg. Lane, Jane – Terry Gardner Scholarship)
  • The email subject line should read: Full Name – Award Name (eg. Jane Lane – Terry Gardner Scholarship)
  • If applying to multiple awards, email each application separately to pcj.program@utoronto.ca

In-course awards

A&S Award in Peace & Conflict Studies

Awarded to an outstanding student in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program.

  • 2021-22 Awardee: Eric Zhao
  • 2020-21 Awardee: Madison Bruno
  • 2019-20 Awardee: Quentin Fox
  • 2018-19 Awardee: Cindy Wu
  • 2017-18 Awardee: Joshua Gold
A&S Scholarship for Excellence in Peace & Conflict Studies (graduating)

One graduating year award, recognizing outstanding achievement of one or more graduating students who have completed a program in Peace & Conflict Studies.

  • 2021-22 Awardees: Benjamin McLean, Katherine Yampolsky, Maia Harris
  • 2020-21 Awardees: Daria Mancino, Benjamin Maclean-Max, Olivia Smith
  • 2019-20 Awardees: Natalie Boychuk, Cindy Wu
  • 2018-19 Awardees: Joshua Gold, Katrina Fettes
  • 2017-18 Awardee: Mehreen Jiwan
A&S Scholarship for Excellence in Peace & Conflict Studies (in-course)

One in-course award, recognizing excellent performance.

  • 2021-22 Awardee: Nadiya Kovalenko
  • 2020-21 Awardees: Katherine Yampolsky, Hui Wen Zheng
  • 2019-20 Awardees: Benjamin Maclean-Max, Olivia Smith
  • 2018-19 Awardee: Jordan Imahori
  • 2017-18 Awardee: Katrina Fettes
Malcolmson Prize in Peace & Conflict Studies

To be awarded to a student with the best performance in PCJ260Y.

  • 2021-22 Awardee: Maryam Rehman
  • 2020-21 Awardee: Eric Zhao
  • 2019-20 Awardee: Olivia Smith
  • 2018-19 Awardee: Uma Rajiv Kalkar
  • 2017-18 Awardee: Cindy Wu
Petro and Paraskewia Wjunenko Memorial Scholarship

To be awarded to a student in the Peace & Conflict Studies Program on the basis of financial need and a minimal GPA of 3.25.

  • 2021-22 Awardee: Nivaal Rehman, Michael Tolkunow
  • 2020-21 Awardee: Zi Ting You
  • 2019-20 Awardees: Muriam Fancy,  Jordan Kazan Baigrie
  • 2018-19 Awardee:  Tara Zammit
  • 2017-18 Awardee: Victoria Yang
Shannon L. Hamm Award

Awarded to recognize and encourage outstanding performance by students enrolled in the Peace & Conflict Studies Program who demonstrate financial need. (Must be OSAP recipient)

  • 2021-22 Awardees: Maryam Rehman, Michael Tolkunow
  • 2020-21 Awardees: Maia Harris, Hamza Naim
  • 2019-20 Awardees: Daria Mancino, Sydney Wilson
  • 2018-19 Awardees: Connor Engels, Ibnul Chowdhury
  • 2017-18 Awardees: Abigail Lendvai
Thomas Homer-Dixon Scholarship in Peace & Conflict Studies

To support students enrolled in the Peace & Conflict Studies Program. Awards will be made on the basis of financial need and will be variable in value and number (must be OSAP recipient).

  • 2021-22 Awardees: Britnei Bilhete, Drew-Anne Glennie, Sara Hashemi
  • 2020-21 Awardees: Sally Antown, Maria Hutt
  • 2019-20 Awardees: Madeleine Egan, Stephanie Xu
  • 2018-19 Awardees: Ameer Sarwar, Daria Mancino, Benjamin Maclean-Max
  • 2017-18 Awardee: Ana Gonzales

Research grants & awards

William Beattie Scholarships in Peace, Conflict and Justice

Currently accepting applications. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2023. 

The William Beattie Fund for Undergraduate Research is available to PCJ students to support research travel overseas that is associated with:

  1. An approved directed-reading course focusing on a topic relevant to peace, conflict and justice; or
  2. Participation in a study abroad program;  or
  3. Participation in an internship opportunity abroad

For #1: Prepare a letter of application which includes a detailed plan for foreign travel and research (topic, date of departure, duration, research methodology etc.) and an outline of the directed-reading course (including confirmation of the agreement of an instructor to oversee the project).

For #2: : Prepare a letter of application which includes an outline of your study abroad plans: university, term of exchange, intended coursework, and your motivation

For #3: Prepare a letter of application which outlines the internship organization, role, program duration, and whether paid or unpaid. The letter should include an outline of your motivation for the internship. Internship hosts must send a letter confirming the applicants’ participation to pcj.program@utoronto.ca.

NOTE: Beattie Awards are not intended to cover a student’s full travel and research budget, so supplemental funding should also be sought from other sources. All proposals for undergraduate independent research involving human subjects must receive Ethics Review clearance.

  • AWARDEES FOR 2021-22: MARYAM REHMAN AND NIVAAL REHMAN
  • AWARDEES FOR 2018-19: ENGIN POLAR, RUSHAY NAIK
  • AWARDEES FOR 2017-18: TYLER MCDERMOTT, ATIF KHAN, SAAMBAVI MANO, STEPHANIE XU
Fullerton Scholarship/Fullerton OSOTF scholarships

Currently accepting applications. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2023.

Fullerton/Fullerton OSOTF Scholarships are available to assist PCJ students who are completing original research in the field. This will be awarded on the basis of academic merit. OSOTOF scholarships are reserved specifically for students who qualify for OSAP. If applicable, please include a copy of your OSAP assessment.

Interested students should submit a letter of application for funding that includes a detailed plan for foreign travel and research (topic, date of departure, duration, research methodology etc.) and an outline of the directed-reading course (including confirmation of the agreement of an instructor to oversee the project).

NOTE: Fullerton Scholarships are not intended to cover a student’s full travel and research budget, so supplemental funding should also be sought from other sources. All proposals for undergraduate independent research involving human subjects must receive Ethics Review clearance.

  • AWARDEE FOR 2018-19: SYDNEY WILSON
  • AWARDEE FOR 2017-18: KASSANDRA NERANJAN 
The Kiessling Papers

Applications for 2022 are closed.

The Kiessling Papers are published regularly by the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice with the generous sponsorship of Greg Kiessling and Pam Isaak.  The series provides undergraduate students enrolled in the Peace, Conflict and Justice (PCJ) program the opportunity to publish and share their research with the scholarly community. The winning submission will be adjudicated by The Kiessling Selection Committee and the awardee will receive $1,500.

How to Apply: 

Please submit the following materials to pcj.program@utoronto.ca. The email subject line should be “Kiessling Papers – Last Name, First Name” and the file names should be “Last Name, First Name – Submission/Cover Letter/CV/Transcript”.

  • Submission –  PCJ students are invited to submit high-quality original research for consideration. The submission can be an assignment completed as part of course work, independent study, or other research relevant to issues of peace, conflict and justice
  • Cover Letter – include a brief (150-250 word) abstract about the submission and any relevant information about the context of the submission (such as if it was completed as part of a course assignment, independent research project, field research project, etc.)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume – include your student number and year of study
  • Transcript – PDF from ACORN

Past winners and their papers: