CFUW Award (Women’s and Gender Studies)

Award is to recognize excellence in Women’s and Gender Studies scholarship and to give students the opportunity to showcase their work. Applicants are invited to submit a scholarly project on a topic related to Women’s and Gender Studies. A broad range of projects will be considered, including (but not limited to):

  • Community activism/organizing/outreach
  • Program development/review
  • Public Awareness Campaigns
  • Original Research Papers
  • Comprehensive Literature Reviews
  • Thesis Driven Essays or other Major Writing Projects
  • Original art/music/videos/films/websites

Generally, these projects will have been a major assignment for an undergraduate class in the current academic year, not including Honours Thesis.

Students in any undergraduate course are invited to apply for the Canadian Federation of University Women Wolfville Award. In the case of a tie preference will be given to a student who is majoring or minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies or is enrolled in one of the three core courses of the program. The CFUW Wolfville Award is a monetary award of $2,000.

The 2018 Women and Gender Studies Award went to Laura Fisher, who is in the Community Development Program (with Honours) at Acadia University.  Laura’s project was on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women for Sociocultural Anthropology.

CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award (AWA)


The CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award (AWA) was established in March 2015 when the Education Council-Wolfville transferred the proceeds of their education fund to the CFUW Charitable Trust to create a new award. The CFUW AWA was designed to honour Dr. Marion Elder Grant’s life-long commitment to education of women.

The recipient of the CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award (AWA) for the 2018-2019 Academic Year is Alana Robert.   Alana received her J.D., 2016-2019, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University; B.A. (Hons) 2015-2016, University of Manitoba.

Ms.Robert is entering her final year at Osgoode Hall Law School. She specialized in studies through the Test Case Litigation Clinic, which focuses on creating new legal precedents to ignite social change. She is the Co-President of the Osgoode Indigenous Students’ Association, participated in the Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Law Moot, and leads various projects on eliminating gender-based violence. She has testified on her work to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women, and was part of Canada’s official delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She aspires to pursue legal work that focuses on combating the violence and exploitation of Indigenous women and girls in Canada. She is the first Métis woman in her family to go to university.