MAIS Entrance Scholarships

The Master of Arts, Island Studies (MAIS) programs at UPEI have a limited number of Entrance Scholarships (up to $5,000 each) to support outstanding students choosing either the thesis-stream or the course and work-study stream options. Students pursuing any thesis topic or course-based specialization are eligible for this funding. You do not have to write your thesis on one of the bulleted topics listed below. No special application is necessary. You will be assessed for these scholarships based on your application to the program.

In addition to general Entrance Scholarship funding, over the next two years the MAIS program has acquired special funding to support thesis students who may wish to research and write their theses on a specific topic related to the Future Prosperity of PEI. Successful applicants will receive up to $12,500 Cdn to support their studies in the first year, renewable for a second year based on continued strong performance.

In order to be eligible for this limited and specific funding opportunity, students should be willing to choose a thesis research topic from among the following options:

  • Enhancing Rural Labour Markets in an Era of Rural Population Challenges
  • The Development of Prince Edward Island as an All-Seasons Tourism Destination: Lessons from other Cold Water Small Islands
  • An Analysis of Entrepreneurship on Prince Edward Island: A Case Study of [insert a sector here]
  • PEI as a Living Lab for Renewable Energy: The Preconditions for a Sustainable Future
  • A Longitudinal Analysis of Newcomer Entrepreneurs on Prince Edward Island
  • Stories of Island Repatriation: A Qualitative Analysis of Islanders Who “Lived Away”

A reminder that the MA Island Studies program is interdisciplinary. Therefore, we accept students from all disciplinary backgrounds who wish to explore any topic related to Island Studies. The most important prerequisite is that you have a passion for islands. 

Complete applications received by March 31, 2021 will receive first consideration for funding. Final decisions are dependent on budget availability.