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 2020 the base scholarships are set at $3000.00 per student (these amounts are subject to 2020 Budget Process and authorization from the Dean of Social Science).

Part-time and international students may seek 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


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.


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:

  • Joe Lyons
    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.