Ronald Gordon Rowswell Graduate Award

The Ronald Gordon Roswell Graduate Award is awarded to a full-time or part-time student with satisfactory academic standing registered in a graduate degree program. Selection is based on the significance of their program of studies and/or research to the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, or queer communities. This award is tenable only once in a graduate student's career.


Two awards are distributed annually for a total of $4000.00 each.


Donor: Ronald Gordon Rowswell-O'Connor Fund at the Edmonton Community Foundation


To Apply:

To apply for this award, complete the application form, and be sure to include all the required documentation. For more info on requirement, qualifications, or other awards offered by iSMSS check out our scholarship info package.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.


  • How do I apply for these iSMSS scholarships or awards?

    Due to current circumstances concerning COVID-19, will be submitted via a Google Forms Submission application. You can find the form here. Applicants will need a Google account or Gmail account to upload files via the submission form.

  • What do I need to apply?

    To apply for iSMSS Scholarships & Awards you must be a U of A student. A complete application package must consist of the following:


    1. completed application form
    2. résumé/CV
    3. academic transcript
    4. two letters of reference
    5. personal essay (500 word essay)


    Applicants applying for the Orlando Books Collective Entrance Award do not need to provide an official transcript. As a first year student, you must only provide proof that you are currently a registered student at the University of Alberta.


  • 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
  • Who do I contact if I have any questions?


    You can email us at with the heading "iSMSS Scholarships & Awards Application."