Skip to main content
Skip to McMaster Navigation Skip to Site Navigation Skip to main content
McMaster logo

Department of Political Science announces new Black Excellence Graduate Scholarship

Newly created entrance scholarship aims to support graduate students from the Black community

Jan 31, 2022

The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce the creation of a Black Excellence Graduate Scholarship. This entrance scholarship aims to support graduate students from the Black community in their graduate education.

The award was established in 2021 as part of a wider effort to increase diversity in the Department of Political Science, and to provide financial support to equity-seeking groups. It is also a partial fulfilment of the Department’s commitments in its June 2020 Statement on Anti-Black Racism, in particular, the commitment to “explore the possibility of developing scholarships for all visible minorities, and specifically for Black students, at the undergraduate and graduate levels as a means of recruiting and supporting Black political scientists in our department and our discipline.”

The Black Excellence Graduate Scholarship is valued at $5,000 and is open to Black graduate students applying for either the MA or PhD programs in the Department of Political Science. Applicants who self-identify as Black, Caribbean, or members of the African diaspora can indicate if they would like to be considered for the scholarship on their application form.

For more information on McMaster University’s recent initiatives encouraging inclusive excellence, please see the statement by Dr. Arig al Shaibah (Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion) on the importance of supporting Black excellence.