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The Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) is a non-profit, charitable association that promotes and facilitates the study of politics and government in Canada and worldwide. CPSA connects students, researchers, practitioners, teachers, and public officials, both domestically and internationally. We support political science research and education through the following four main program streams: 

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1. Building a Vibrant Community

For over 100 years, the CPSA has been a hub for political science professionals to connect with their peers and share their work. The CPSA’s flagship annual academic conference is a highly respected venue for members to present and discuss cutting-edge research, share pedagogical approaches and innovations, listen to high profile keynote speakers, and promote recently published work.  Beyond the conference, the CPSA organizes and hosts various networking opportunities throughout the year. The annual Chairs Meeting is a gathering of heads of departments of political science across Canada to discuss trends in higher education and best practices in professional development. The CPSA Women’s Caucus supports mentoring and networking initiatives to highlight the achievements of women scholars and address and advocate for gender issues in the field. 

2. Fostering Emerging Talent

The CPSA is committed to the next generation of scholars in political science. Our annual conference provides students with opportunities to present their work and to build their scholarly networks. We provide financial support for students to engage in the conference through the CPSA Innovation Fund, including coordinating the Graduate Students Caucus, funding and coordinating a travel grant program and providing student employment leading up to and during the conference. CPSA also supports two professional paid internship programs: the Parliamentary Internship Programme with the federal government and the Ontario Parliamentary Internship Programme with the Ontario provincial government. These programs provide unparalleled education and employment opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to learn the practise of politics and policy in Canada. The CPSA also manages POLCAN2, a highly subscribed listserv providing up-to-date information on conferences, funding, and employment opportunities to a wide political science audience, including graduate students and emerging scholars.

3. Supporting Scholarly and Teaching Excellence

The CPSA promotes the development of rigorous, high-quality, internationally respected political science research and education. We publish the Canadian Journal of Political Science (CJPS), a flagship journal providing academics, governments, civil society organizations and Canadian citizens with cutting-edge insights in political science. We adjudicate several annual awards and prizes recognizing leading scholars and educators in the field, including emerging graduate talent. The CPSA Reconciliation Committee is a standing committee of the organization that provides guidance, resources, and best practices for political science departments and educators seeking to engage fully in reconciliation practices and increasing Indigenous content in political science scholarship and education. 


4. Sharing Knowledge with Broader Communities

The CPSA connects the discipline with broader communities of policy makers, community advocates, journalists, and practitioners to deepen understanding of the role of politics in all aspects of society. Our annual conference provides over 600 members with the opportunity to publicize their research, facilitating knowledge transfer from academic institutions to the broader community. The CPSA promotes the discipline of political science in a variety of venues, including liaising with agencies of government charged with supporting the academic study of politics; other professional organizations; the Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Your donation to CPSA will help us continue and expand this essential work for the discipline. The CPSA is a registered charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency and provides tax receipts for all donations. Donors are listed on our Web site unless requested otherwise. Please consider making a contribution today.


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Student Testimonials

Anne Lachance, Assistant Professor, Université de Moncton  (PhD Queens, 2021)
I received graduate student funding to attend the Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association in 2018. This conference represents an important mark on my career path. It gave me the opportunity to meet other academics that I would not have met otherwise and who have been instrumental in helping me grow and blossom as a scholar. The paper I presented received insightful comments from my discussant and the other members of my panel and thanks to their suggestions, this paper was ultimately published in a leading academic journal. I believe this publication was instrumental in helping me secure my tenure-track position at Université de Moncton. I consider this conference to be the most helpful I ever attended, and the funding I received from the CPSA helped make this possible. 


Kunle Adewumi (Graduate Student, Communications Assistant, 2021 CPSA Annual Conference)
Participating as an intern in the 2021 CPSA Conference came at a time when I was at a crossroad in deciding my future academic plans. Coming from a legal background, and serving on the Law and Public Policy Section panel, I was able to better understand the intersection of the two fields and identify areas where my legal and political science experience merged. Listening to and interacting with top scholars from various universities was a life-changing experience for me, and I am grateful for the opportunity. Furthermore, this experience gave me a sense of community through my interaction and shared experiences with other students from different universities, as well as the opportunity to learn important skills that have stayed with me beyond the conference.



2022 Donors

Frances Abele; Nadia Abu-Zahra; Adekunle  Adewumi ; Christopher Anderson; Barbara Arneil; Jessica Arsenault; Robert L. Ascah; Keith G. Banting; Sylvia Bashevkin; Colleen Bell; Loleen Berdahl; Gwyneth Bergman; Antoine Bilodeau; Ronald Bilodeau; Karen Bird; Richard Bisaillon; Nandita Biswas Mellamphy; David Black; Kelly Blidook; Gerard Boychuk; Neil Bradford; Alison Braley-Rattai; Kathy L. Brock; Ian Brodie; Jörg Broschek; Orlando Brosowsky; Siobhan Byrne; Barbara Cameron; Stephanie Jennifer Carvin; Alfred Chan; Nadine Changfoot; Andrea Charron; Cheryl N. Collier; John C. Courtney; Erin Crandall; Carol Dauda; Adrienne Davidson; Cristine de Clercy; Carey Doberstein; Alexandra Dobrowolsky; Dax D’Orazio; Eugénie Dostie-Goulet; Robert Johnston Drummond; Surulola Eke; Anna Esselment; Joanna Everitt; Paul Eldridge Farquharson; Emma Fingler; Fred Fletcher; Edgar Javier Flores Tiravanti; Breandan Flynn; Kim Fontaine-Skronski; Genevieve Fuji Johnson; Christina Gabriel; Kristin Good; Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant; J. Andrew Grant; Ian Greene; Riley Haas; Lois Harder; Kalevi Holsti; Carolyn Johns; Richard Johnston; Pierre Jolicoeur; Meghan Joy; Sirvan Karimi; Tae-Yeoun Keum; Loren King; Lucas Kins; Simon Kow; Chris Kukucha; Kiera Ladner; Miriam Lapp; Samuel  LaSelva; David H. Laycock; Andre Lecours; Christopher Leo; Willem Maas; Eleanor MacDonald; Fiona MacDonald; Michael MacMillan; Alexandra Mallett; Ruth Mireille Manga Edimo; Floyd McCormick; Allison McCulloch; Andrew McDougall; Heather McKeen-Edwards; Jessica Merolli; Heather Millar; Go Murakami; Jacquetta A. Newman; Kim Richard Nossal; Nilgun Onder; Brenda O’Neill; Martin Papillon; Louis W. Pauly; Alizee Leah Pascale Pillod; Samuel Popowich; Tracey Raney; Todd Reznor; Troy Riddell; Andrew M. Robinson; Fiona Robinson; Jonathan Rose; Michelle L. Roth; Jason J. Roy; Peter H. Russell; Peter Malachy Ryan; Anthony Sayers; Robert Schertzer; Anthony Sealey; André Simonyi; Alison Smith; Makere Stewart-Harawira; Brian Tanguay; Simon Thibault; Arjun Tremblay; Jonathan Trentatue; Ethel Tungohan; Luc Turgeon; Valérie Vézina; Jill Vickers; Christopher Waddell; Matthew John Wadsworth; Ann Marie Ward; Laurel Weldon; Melissa S. Williams; Robert J. Williams