Stephen and Lynn Mandel Graduate Scholarship in Sexual and Gender Minority Studies

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The Stephen and Lynn Mandel Graduate Scholarship in Sexual and Gender Minority Studies is the first lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, or queer (2SLGBTQ+) specific graduate scholarship to be offered in the history of the University of Alberta. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate student at the University of Alberta with superior academic achievement and quality research focused on sexual and gender minority studies and their application in advocating for sexual and gender minorities in educational and community contexts. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic standing and their research and advocacy/outreach profile.


One award will be offered in the amount of $1000.00.


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."