Application Information


Online Applications for the CFUW Fellowships and Awards

Launch of the 2023-2024 Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Charitable Trust Application Process

Charitable Trust Online ApplicationsCFUW Trust Fellowships help support women doing advanced graduate study and research in a number of fields including:

  • science,
  • home economics,
  • education,
  • visual arts,
  • music,
  • social sciences and more.

The Trust opened the 23–2024 Fellowships and Awards Online Competition on October 5, 2022.

Applicants are invited to register in the competition.

All completed applications and required documentation must be received on or before January 18, 2023.

Results of the competitions will be announced in mid-April, 2023. The Fellowships Program Committee Chair will notify Winners directly by telephone.

All other applicants will be notified of their results by e-mail. The list of winners of the 2023 Scholarships and Awards will be printed on the CFUW website in October, 2023.


Sylvie Ouellette, Past Winner of the Dr. Alice E. Wilson Award…

In her own words, Sylvie Ouellette, past winner of the CFUW Dr. Alice E. Wilson Award expresses the importance of winning the award:

Sylvie Ouellette - CFUW Charitable TrustFor me, this fellowship provides validation that it is never too late to pursue higher education.

Needless to say, graduate school is demanding at any age. However, in general, scholarships are awarded to promising young students on their way to a long, fulfilling career. But considering life expectancy in Canada, it is perfectly possible to embark on a second – or even a third! – career later on in our lives. Efforts towards such a goal are just as worthy of recognition as those of our younger peers. This is why the Dr. Alice E. Wilson Award fills an overlooked niche, in my opinion.

In addition, returning to full-time studies often requires financial sacrifice, which can be a major deterrent for anyone contemplating this possibility. In that sense, prizes and distinctions that carry a generous monetary value are always welcome.

Above all, as a mother of two teenagers, obtaining this award sets a good example that underlies the importance of following through with what we start, and never ceasing to progress and evolve along the way.

Calendar / Timelines (May be subject to change)

  • List of winners for the 2022-2023 academic year posted on the website.

  • Online application links for the 2023-2024 academic year posted on the website.

  • Completed online applications and all documentation must be received.

  • The CFUW Fellowships Chair will contact only those applicants selected as winners.

  • List of winners for the 2023-2024 academic year posted on the website.


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some the Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs.) Please review these FAQs before proceeding further.

Q 1: Do I have to belong to the CFUW to be eligible to apply for CFUW Fellowships and awards?

No. All women who meet the eligibility requirements below are welcomed to apply.

Q 2: Can I apply if I am an international student studying in Canada with International Student Via status?

No. An applicant must hold Canadian Citizenship, or have “Permanent Resident” or “Protected Person” Status from the Government of Canada

Q 3: If I am a Canadian student studying or working outside Canada, can I apply for CFUW Fellowships and Rewards?

Yes: Most CFUW Fellowships and Awards are available for programs of study in other countries.

Q 4: Must I be enrolled in my program and place of study, or is proof of acceptance into the program adequate?

A. An official letter of acceptance from the institution in the proposed of study the proposed is necessary if you are not enrolled at the time of application.

Q 5: If I hold a scholarship from another funding organization, does CFUW have policy that would restrict my application for a CFUW Award?

A. No. There are no policies that restrict your acceptance of other awards.

Q 6: Can I apply to CFUW for a scholarship for an undergraduate degree?

A. The Trust has only one award for an undergraduate program degree: The CFUW Indigenous Woman’s Award. This award supports an indigenous woman studying for a first degree in selected fields, like medicine, optometry, or law.

Q 7: Can men apply for a CFUW Award?

A. No. The CFUW Charitable Trust Fellowship and Awards Program is an Affirmative Action program as provided for in the Constitution of Canada.  Eligibility for these Fellowships and Awards is restricted to women.

Q 8: Can I ask the same two referees to support my application for more then one CFUW Fellowship or Award?

A. Yes.

Q 9 :What is the fee for filing an application?

A. There is no fee; CFUW-CT has changed its policies and no longer charges a fee.


Questions or Concerns?

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