Michael Phair Leadership Award

Michael Phair Photo Credit: Folio

The Michael Phair Leadership Award is the first award in the history of the University of Alberta specifically targeted to the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, or queer students and studies. Selection is based on demonstrated leadership qualities and involvement in extracurricular and community activities. Preference is given to undergraduate students who have demonstrated commitment to the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, or queer communities.

Two awards are available annually for a total of $1500.00 each.

Any student continuing in an undergraduate degree program in their second, third, or fourth year of studies with satisfactory academic standing (2.0 or higher GPA) is eligible to apply for this award. Students from outside the University of Alberta are not eligible for this award.

Donor:
The Friends of Michael Phair, in recognition of his dedicated public service to the City of Edmonton and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited and queer communities of Alberta.

Frequently Asked Questions 
How do I apply?

Applications will be submitted via a Google Forms Submission application. You can find the form here. You can also find the google form on our website at ismss.ualberta.ca.

Applicants will need a Google account or Gmail account to upload files via the submission form. If you have any issues or concerns submitting your files, please contact us at ismss@ualberta.ca with the heading "iSMSS Scholarships & Awards Application."

What do I need to apply?

To apply for iSMSS Scholarships & Awards you must be a U of A student. 

After reviewing eligibility requirements, please submit your application package to the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, University of Alberta. A complete application package must consist the following:

  • application form
  • résumé/CV, academic transcripts
  • two letters of reference
  • and a maximum 500-word essay outlining your relevant scholarly and/or leadership contributions to the field of sexual and gender minority studies

Reference letters must be written on official letterhead from a university, organization, or company. References can be from professors, teachers, or members of community organizations that you have worked with.Contact information for referees must be provided and iSMSS staff may contact referees for validation.

Who can I contact for my references ?

Reference letters must be written on official letterhead from a university, organization, or company. References can be from professors, teachers, or members of community organizations that you have worked with.

Applicants applying for the graduate awards, Ronald Gordon Rowswell Award and/or Stephen and Lynn Mandel Scholarship, must have at least one academic reference as a referee who can speak to their research and academic achievements.

What will make my application stand out?

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. Some of the criteria used to evaluate applications include:

  1. Significance of research and/or leadership activities
  2. Application of research into advocacy
  3. The applicant's GPA
  4. Quality of application essay
  5. Strength of letters of reference
You can email us at ismss@ualberta.ca. with the heading "iSMSS Scholarships & Awards Application."
Do I need an official transcript?
iSMSS will accept unofficial transcripts. You are able to scan and upload the transcripts to the google form.
Who do I contact if I have any questions?
You can email us at ismss@ualberta.ca. with the heading "iSMSS Scholarships & Awards Application."

iSMSS has a number of programs that provide support the well being of 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Edmonton and surrounding area.You can support the work we do by making a charitable donation to any of our programs, services, or projects.  For a full list of the programs and services we provide click here. 

All donations to iSMSS are eligible for a charitable tax deduction receipt, from the University of Alberta. To make a donation. 

Volunteer   Give to iSMSS 

For more information or general inquiries regarding our Programs and Services, please contact:

Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services
Email: iSMSS@ualberta.ca
Tel: 780.492.0772