Scholarships, Awards, & Bursaries
University of Alberta
Lambda Tuition Award in STEM Studies
Available to students interested in pursuing undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta valued at $2500 annually for four years. It will be awarded on the basis of two areas of recognition and achievement. The first is your academic record and future ambitions in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) as a major course of study. The second is your meaningful contribution as an active, openly LGBT-identified person to the interests of your LGBT community, as defined by your lived experiences.
Gary Sealey Friends of Lambda Award
This bursary is to encourage excellence in research on the subject of gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgender peoples. Recipients will demonstrate financial need, must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents of Canada (landed immigrant or a protected person), and must meet OSAP’s Ontario Residency requirements. The recipients will be awarded by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs based on nominations received from academic units. Value is variable.
Grant Halle Lambda Award
For excellence in graduate and undergraduate research or applied projects in English and French in any academic or professional field that engenders greater knowledge of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals and populations in all their diversities, especially in, but not limited to, northern Canada. The award is open to all qualifying students on the recommendation of their academic or professional programs. Value is variable.
University of British Columbia, St Paul’s Hospital
Dr. Gary Gibson Lambda Foundation Award
The award was established in honour of Dr. Gary Gibson who inspired many through his care of all people including patients with HIV/AIDS in Southern Ontario and Coastal British Columbia. He worked at St. Paul’s Hospital from 1999 and served on the board of the Lambda Scholarship Foundation. The ideal candidate for this award is involved in research related to queer people and health. Candidates must include a strong case for why their research will be a competitive contender for publication. Finally, candidates must state in their applications how outcomes will be promoted, shared, incorporated and possibly applied in the communities in which it will be conducted.
University of Ottawa
Nicole LaViolette Friends of Lambda Prize
The prize is named in honour of Professor Nicole LaViolette of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa. LaViolette is a former recipient of the Lambda Foundation Prize (1999). The prize also acknowledges the many friends of the Lambda Scholarship Foundation whose generosity first established this award in 1995, and who continue to support it. The purpose of the award is to encourage excellence in research on issues affecting queer people, specifically laws, and public and private policies affecting their human rights, as well as those matters pertaining more generally to their communities, values, achievements, arts, and sports.
More information: https://scholarships.uottawa.ca/p/a/18905/
University of New Brunswick
Christian Landry Memorial Award for Graduate Studies
This award is open to any graduate student (entering or already enrolled) at the University of New Brunswick in any field of study, who is undertaking a research project (to include thesis, publication, major paper etc.) contributing to greater knowledge of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex communities. Value: $1,000.
Application form: download here
Université de Montréal
Bourses Fondation Lambda pour l’excellence
Cette bourse a été créée afin d’aider l’Université de Montréal dans la réalisation de sa mission d’enseignement et de recherche. La remise de cette bourse annuelle est l’avenue choisie pour témoigner de l’appui de la fondation à l’Université de Montréal et pour encourager l’excellence dans la recherche sur les personnes gaies ou lesbiennes. Cette bourse est réservée aux étudiants des 2e et 3e cycles inscrits à plein temps à l’Université de Montréal quel que soit leur domaine d’étude ou de recherche et indifféremment de leur orientation sexuelle, de l’âge, du sexe, des antécédents linguistiques, religieux ou culturels. Leur thèse, leur mémoire ou leur rapport de recherche doit porter sur les personnes gaies ou lesbiennes, notamment sur leur communauté, leurs valeurs, leurs succès, leur art et leurs sports et sur les questions de politiques ou de droit de la personne les touchant.
En plus d’être inscrits à temps plein, les étudiants doivent posséder un excellent dossier académique. Les boursiers doivent également être disposés à assister à une réception ou à une réunion de la Fondation Lambda pour l’excellence. La bourse annuelle est d’un montant minimum de 1 000 $. Le montant des bourses est déterminé selon la disponibilité du fonds.
More information: https://esp.umontreal.ca/faire-un-don/fonds-et-bourses/#c9784
University of Victoria
Candis Graham Writing Scholarship, Lambda Foundation Fund
One or more scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding undergraduate and/or graduate students in the Department of Writing who achieve excellence in writing that demonstrates originality, accessibility, creativity, or impact. Preference will be given to students with involvement in or lived experience regarding 2SLGBTQ+ communities. Amount of award varies.
University of Guelph
Lambda Foundation Scholarship in LGBT Studies
This award is provided to encourage research on the subject of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) peoples. The scholarship is based upon areas of research pertaining to the history, contributions, and issues by or about LBGT peoples. Preference will be given to an applicant who is involved in the LBGT community as indicated by a record of volunteer activities, active civil society memberships, or as attested by a letter of recommendation from a community group, or demonstrated by related previous academic pursuits. This scholarship may be awarded to a given student only once. Projects must have been completed or research proposals accepted within the past calendar year. Apply to the Dean of Arts by December 15th including the research proposal or completed project, curriculum vitae, and any supporting letters referencing involvement in the LBGT community and/or faculty support. Qualified Students are enrolled in a program with a thesis, a research essay, independent research project or course work programs pertaining to lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) studies, as broadly defined by the applicant. Award amount is $1,000.
Lambda Scholarship Tuition Award
A scholarship for new, full-time students entering any faculty. Recipient must be an active member of the LGBTQ2l communities especially through their service and activism. Students are asked to submit a short description of their community involvement or activism in the LGTBQ2l communities. Open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, international students. Value: renewable annual award of $2,500 for 3 years.
University of Manitoba
Lambda Foundation for Excellence – Les McAfee Memorial Award
This annual $1800 award is available to a full‐time undergraduate or graduate student conducting or proposing to conduct research relating to gay and lesbian people, their community, values, achievements, sports, etc.; or, on policy and human rights issues that affect gay and lesbian people. Students who are eligible for this award must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (or equivalent) on all courses completed to date.
More information: http://umanitoba.ca/student/fin_awards/
University of Ottawa
Lambda Scholarship Foundation Canada Common Law Scholarship
This scholarship was created in 2022 to provide financial assistance for Black students in the Common Law program at the University of Ottawa who identify as LGBTQ2S+. Award amount: variable; minimum $1000. Applications must be made through Online Scholarships and Bursaries, which can be accessed through uozone.uOttawa.ca.
Lambda Scholarship Canada Graduate Award Fund
Queer and trans students who are Black, racialized, or Indigenous in their first year of study in any program at McMaster University are eligible for this $1000 award.
More information: https://humawards.humanities.mcmaster.ca/in-course-awards/
Gulf Islands Secondary School
Jack Hallam Human Rights Award
Lambda Foundation (LF) extends its sympathies to the family and friends of one of our generous benefactors, Jack Hallam of Salt Spring Island, BC. In 2007, through the Lambda Foundation, Jack established the Jack Hallam Human Rights Awards for grade 12 students at the local Gulf Islands Secondary School. Each annual award is valued at $1000 and is given to an outstanding student leader who is active in the fight against homophobia, transphobia, and other intersecting forms of discrimination, including racism.
Other related scholarships, awards, and bursaries of interest
A scholarship for students at Concordia University pursuing graduate work in gay and lesbian studies, or are involved in gay and lesbian activism.
The University of Victoria offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral scholarships to academically outstanding transgender, nonbinary or Two-Spirit students enrolled in any field.
A set of five awards offered to both undergraduate and graduate 2SLGBTQ+ students at the University of Alberta.
Scholarships for 2SLGBTQ+ students with “demonstrated financial need after accessing available public financial supports” while studying their first degree at any post-secondary institution in Ontario.
Scholarships for 2SLGBTQ+ students enrolled, currently attending or within 12 months of completing their education at Canadian universities. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or residents.
Open to 2SLGBTQ+ secondary school students in British Columbia who are preparing to attend a university or college in Canada.
Two student leadership scholarships available to 2SLGBTQ+ students enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary program of study. You must be a Canadian citizen and demonstrate alignment with Start Proud’s mission, vision and values.