Financial Assistance

The Department of Women's & Gender Studies is able to offer limited and competitive funding to selected full-time GSJ students in the form of Graduate Assistanceship (Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant). Because GAs are not guaranteed, applicants are strongly urged to seek outside funding.

Canadian applicants are especially encouraged to apply for the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Competition.

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Competition

Application Process
Complete and submit an application using the Research Portal. More details and link to portal here.

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission to an eligible graduate program (GSJ program is eligible)
  • completed, as of December 31 of the year of application, between zero and 12 months of full-time studies (or full-time equivalent) in grad program
  • not have previously held a CGS M
  • have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the host institution, in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent)

For full Applicant Eligibility, click here.


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) - Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships



12 months, non-renewable

Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services Graduate Awards

Ronald Gordon Rowswell Graduate Award

Application Process
Download and complete the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services Application Form.
The Ronald Gordon Rowswell Graduate Award is awarded to a full-time or part-time student with satisfactory academic standing registered in a graduate degree program at the University of Alberta. 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 (LGBTQ) communities. This award is tenable only once in a graduate student's career.
Ronald Gordon Rowswell-O'Connor Fund at the Edmonton Community Foundation.


two available

Stephen and Lynn Mandel Graduate Scholarship

Application Process
Download and complete the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services Application Form.

The Stephen and Lynn Mandel Graduate Scholarship in Sexual and Gender Minority Studies is the first lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, or queer (LGBTQ) 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 (3.5 or higher GPA) 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.

Preference will be given to graduate students in the Faculty of Education. Students from outside the University of Alberta are not eligible for this award.

Edmonton Community Foundation works with donors and the community to transform individual dreams of helping others into reality, now & forever, through permanent endowment funds.


one available

For further information about awards, scholarships, & financial assistance, see the links below.

Funding Information & Opportunities

Department Specific Awards WGS Search Results

Awards for Funding - FGSR

Student Employment - FGSR

GSA Child Care Grant

GSA Emergency Bursary

GSA - Other Funding Opportunities

Funding for International Students

Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award