Mauro Institute PACS Academic Awards

Since 2008, the Mauro Institute has awarded more than $1.25 million in academic awards to graduate students in the Peace and Conflict Studies graduate programs.

The Mauro Institute PACS Academic Awards program exists due to the generosity of our founder, Dr. Arthur V. Mauro and the many friends and supporters who have made financial contributions to support student awards and programs at St. Paul's College.

Would you like to make a gift to support student awards and programs? Please visit the St. Paul's College Foundation page on the CanadaHelps website to make your gift or contact the Foundation at 204-474-9148 or spcfoundation@umanitoba.ca. Thank you!

Administration

The Mauro Institute PACS Academic Awards program is administered by the Mauro Institute with the support and assistance of the Peace and Conflict Studies graduate programs.

It is important to note that the Mauro Institute PACS Academic Awards are not the only awards available to PACS students. There are other departmental and university awards, each having their own administrative process and eligibility requirements. The information that follows is specific to the Mauro Institute PACS Academic Awards program.

Eligibility requirements

Graduate students enrolled in (or applying to) the University of Manitoba's Peace and Conflict Studies Graduate Programs (PhD and Joint Masters) are eligible to apply. All students, regardless of citizenship, are eligible to apply.

Current students must be full-time students in good standing in their respective programs at the time of application and all students who receive awards must remain enrolled and in good academic standing throughout the academic year of their award. The application process is highly competitive. Applicants require a minimum GPA of 3.75 to be eligible to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for awards and funding from other potential awards and granting agencies for which they may be eligible. Students that do not apply for a national, UMGF, and/or major awards may be deemed ineligible for a Mauro Institute PACS Academic Award.

Full time students are eligible to apply for and receive a Mauro Institute PACS Academic Award during the first four years of their PhD program and during the first two years of their Joint Masters program in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba.

For more information and a complete list of eligibility requirements, please refer to the application form.

Application process and important dates

There is one application form for use by all applicants. Each year, approximately nine different awards are available, some of which are available only to PhD applicants, some of which are only available to Joint Masters applicants, and some of which are available to either a PhD or a Joint Masters student. In all cases, there is one application form for all applicants and for all awards.

The 2022-2023 Mauro Institute PACS Academic Awards application form will be posted here in the Fall of 2021.

Date Event / Activity
mid Fall Application form made available on the Mauro Institute website.
early January Approximate deadline for the submission of Application form. This date will vary slightly each year and will be indicated on the Application Form.
late January Approximate deadline for the submission of supporting documents, most notably the Referee Information and Rating Form and Letter of Support.
April/May Notice of Awards are sent to selected recipients.

Other awards and financial assistance

Marjorie Blankstein Emergency Graduate Student Bursary for Peace and Conflict Studies

The purpose of the bursary is to provide emergency funds for graduate students enrolled in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program who require immediate financial assistance, to address needs related to their studies/personal hardships/barriers and or living expenses.

Eligible students must be enrolled full-time in the PhD or Joint Master's program in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba; have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0 based on the last 60 credit hours of study; and, have completed the Peace and Conflict Studies Program Emergency Assistance Application.

Applications can be made at any time and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For full eligibility details and to access the application form, please contact the Mauro Institute at mauro.institute@umanitoba.ca.

The Bob and Marnie Puchniak Family Graduate Scholarship

The purpose of this award is to celebrate the Puchniak family's relationship with St. Paul's College with an annual scholarship dedicated to a fulltime graduate student member, either PhD or Masters, of our College who are pursuing Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba.

The Puchniak family have been long-time members and supporters of St. Paul's College. Mrs. Margaretmary Puchniak (nee Downey) served as Vice-Stick from 1967- 68 and received the Paulinian of the Year award. Mr. Robert Puchniak oversaw the initial fundraising which established the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at St. Paul's College.

The Puchniak Scholarship is awarded annually in January. Students wishing to be considered for this award must complete the Mauro Institute PACS Academic Awards Application Form which is available the previous fall, typically with a deadline in early January of the previous year.

Other St. Paul's College awards

Undergraduate and graduate student members of St. Paul's College may be eligible for a variety of different awards and bursaries. Those awards are adjudicated by the St. Paul's College Dean of Students and require a different application form and process than the Mauro Institute awards.