Entrance Scholarships

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School offers at least ten scholarships (minimum five awarded at each campus) to applicants for the GENI and MPA programs. Scholarships will be awarded to students based on academic standing. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must plan to be enrolled in the school on a full-time basis. All students admitted will automatically be considered for funding at the time of admission and no separate scholarship application is required.

In addition, highly qualified MPP and PhD students who are engaged in their program on a full-time basis will automatically be considered for funding at a competitive rate at the time of admission. No separate scholarship application is required.

Unfortunately, students in the graduate certificates are not eligible for JSGS entrance scholarships.

Dan Perrins Public Policy Award

The Dan Perrins Public Policy Award was established in 2020 to support a graduate student in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at either the University of Regina or University of Saskatchewan, who has demonstrated academic excellence and community involvement.

One award of $1,200 will be presented annually to a JSGS student from the University of Regina or University of Saskatchewan campus.

Students must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Enrolled in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy;
  • Achieved a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 80%;
  • Demonstrates community involvement;
  • Student is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident; and
  • Preference will be given to students who self-identify as Indigenous.

Deadline to apply - September 30th

How to apply:

  • U of R students - Applications must be submitted through the Graduate Awards Portal (GAP) system managed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. For information on all graduate scholarships and the GAP portal, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research scholarship page.
  • USask students - Students must e-mail jsgs@usask.ca stating the name of the scholarship they are applying to in the e-mail subject line and attaching the following documents: 1) Word document (250 words maximum) that ‘Describes your most significant contribution’ (demonstrate the connection as to why this is your significant contribution regarding this application); 2) Word document (500 words maximum) that outlines your study proposal description; and 3) Word document (250 words maximum) describing your community involvement.

Dr. Michael Atkinson Scholarship

As the founding executive director of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, Dr. Michael Atkinson (Ph.D.) is a visionary, true leader, mentor and inspiration to all students and alumni who have passed through our halls. His commitment to excellence in the public sector, in Saskatchewan and across Canada, is the reason behind his passion for educating the next generation of public policy professionals. To demonstrate our appreciation to Michael, the JSGS launched the Dr. Michael Atkinson Scholarship fund. This scholarship assists students who are pursuing an MPP or PhD degree, and who demonstrate academic and research excellence. Preference will be given to students whose research focuses on governance.

One award of $1,500 will be presented annually to a JSGS student from the University of Regina or University of Saskatchewan campus.

Students must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Pursuing a Master of Public Policy (MPP) or PhD in Public Policy degree in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at either campus.
  • Registered and remains registered as a full-time student in the semester the scholarship is presented.
  • Minimum grade point average of 80%.
  • Completed the required course work and in the first two years for MPP students or completed the required course work, passed comprehensive exams and in the first four years for PhD students.
  • Demonstrates academic and research excellence; preference is given to a student whose study focuses on governance

Deadline to apply - September 30th

How to apply:

Students must e-mail jsgs@usask.ca stating the name of the scholarship for which they are applying in the e-mail subject line and attaching the following documents: 1) Word document (500 words maximum) that outlines your research proposal; and 2) Word document (500 words maximum) that “demonstrates academic and research excellence”.

Garry H. Beatty Scholarship

The Garry H. Beatty Scholarship was established through a donation provided by friends and colleagues in memory of Garry H. Beatty, recognizing his long career in Saskatchewan Finance and the Crown sector. This scholarship assists students who are pursuing an MPA degree in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. One award of $1,600 will be presented annually to a JSGS student from either of the University of Regina or University of Saskatchewan campus.

Students must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen
  • Enrolled in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program
  • Registered and remains registered in a minimum of 6 credit hours in the semester the scholarship is presented
  • Has a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 80%.

Deadline to apply - September 30th

How to apply:

  • U of R students - Applications must be submitted through the Graduate Awards Portal (GAP) system managed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. For information on all graduate scholarships and the GAP portal, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research scholarship page.
  • USask students - Students must e-mail jsgs@usask.ca stating the name of the scholarship they are applying to in the e-mail subject line and attaching the following documents: 1) Word document (250 words maximum) that ‘Describes your most significant contribution’ (demonstrate the connection as to why this is your significant contribution regarding this application); 2) Word document (500 words maximum) that outlines your study proposal description (MPA).

JSGS Alumni Association Award

The JSGS Alumni Association Award was established in 2021 to assist students pursuing a master’s degree program at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

One award of $1,000 will be presented annually to a University of Regina or University of Saskatchewan graduate student.

Students must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Enrolled in a master’s degree program in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy;
  • Is a fully qualified graduate student;
  • Is not holding other graduate funding valued at more than $5,000 at the time the award is presented; and
  • Students must submit a 250-word statement highlighting their community involvement and dedication to public service. The statement must also describe the applicant’s financial need. Applicants may submit reference letters that support their community involvement and dedication to public service.

Deadline to apply - September 30th

How to apply:

  • U of R students - Applications must be submitted through the Graduate Awards Portal (GAP) system managed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. For information on all graduate scholarships and the GAP portal, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research scholarship page.
  • USask students - Students must e-mail jsgs@usask.ca stating the name of the scholarship they are applying to in the e-mail subject line and attaching the following documents: 1) Word document (250 words maximum) that ‘Describes your most significant contribution’ (demonstrate the connection as to why this is your significant contribution regarding this application); 2) Word document (500 words maximum) that outlines your study proposal description; 3) Word document (250 words maximum) highlighting your community involvement and dedication to public service. The statement must also describe the applicant's financial need; and 4) Applicants may submit reference letters that support their community invovlement and dedication to public service.

Leo and Bruce Thordarson Social Economy and Cooperatives Award

Established by family members, the Leo and Bruce Thordarson Social Economy and Co-operatives award was created in memory of father and son and their contributions to the co-operative sector. Raised in Mozart, Saskatchewan, Leo was the first in the family to attend university at the University of Saskatchewan. There, Leo received three degrees, including one in education, which led to a lifelong career in teaching and leadership in the field. Like his father, Bruce Thordarson attended the University of Saskatchewan. Bruce then devoted his life to serving the co-operative sector, including taking up posts as the executive director at the Co-operative Union of Canada (1979-1985) and the Director General for the International Co-operative Alliance (1988-2001), amongst roles in numerous other national and international co-operatives.  

This award was created to recognize and reward a student enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in the Social Economy and Co-operatives program through the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. One award of $1,500 will be presented annually.

The successful application will be chosen based on: academic performance, demonstrated financial need, and the merits of the written submission.

Deadline to apply - September 30th

How to apply:

  • USask students - Students must e-mail jsgs@usask.ca stating the name of the scholarship they are applying to in the e-mail subject line and attaching the following documents: 1) Word document (250 words maximum) that demonstrates financial need; 2) Word document (500 words maximum) that provides personal insight into vital roles played by co-opeartives, non-profits, and social enterprises in today's economy; and 3) Word document (250 words maximum) that explains how this award will assist you in shaping your career.

Robert C. Douglas and Joanne R. Sutherland Scholarship

The Robert C. Douglas and Joanne R. Sutherland Scholarship was established through a donation by Mr. Douglas and Ms. Sutherland as a thank you to Saskatchewan for their years working in the public service. This scholarship assists students who are pursuing a Masters degree in Public Policy or Public Administration at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. One award of $2,250 will be presented annually to a deserving JSGS student from either the University of Saskatchewan or the University of Regina campus.

Students must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) or the Masters of Public Policy (MPP) program
  • Must be a Canadian citizen
  • Registered and remains registered in a minimum of 6 credit hours in the semester the scholarship is presented
  • Minimum program grade point average (GPA) of 80%

Deadline to apply - September 30th

How to apply:

  • U of R students - Applications must be submitted through the Graduate Awards Portal (GAP) system managed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. For information on all graduate scholarships and the GAP portal, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research scholarship page.
  • USask students - Students must e-mail jsgs@usask.ca stating the name of the scholarship they are applying to in the e-mail subject line and attaching the following documents: 1) Word document (250 words maximum) that ‘Describes your most significant contribution’ (demonstrate the connection as to why this is your significant contribution regarding this application); 2) Word document (500 words maximum) that outlines your research proposal (MPP) or study proposal description (MPA).

Wayne Wouters Scholarship

The Wayne Wouters Scholarship was established through donations provided by friends of Wayne Wouters to provide recognition for his long-standing public career and to support JSGS students enrolled in the MPA and MPP programs. One award, valued at $2,450, will be presented annually to a deserving JSGS student from either the University of Saskatchewan or the University of Regina campus.

Students must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Pursuing a Master of Public Policy or Master of Public Administration degree
  • Minimum grade point average of 80%
  • Registered and remains registered in a minimum of 6 credit hours in the semester the scholarship is presented
  • Demonstrates proactively engaging in philanthropic endeavours and/or community service

Deadline to apply - September 30th

How to apply:

  • U of R students - Applications must be submitted through the Graduate Awards Portal (GAP) system managed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. For information on all graduate scholarships and the GAP portal, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research scholarship page.
  • USask students - Students must e-mail jsgs@usask.ca stating the name of the scholarship they are applying to in the e-mail subject line and attaching the following documents: 1) Word document (250 words maximum) that ‘Describes your most significant contribution’ (demonstrate the connection as to why this is your significant contribution regarding this application); 2) Word document (500 words maximum) that outlines your research proposal (MPP) or study proposal description (MPA); and 3) Word document (500 words maximum) on how you are involved in philanthropic endeavors or community service.