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The intake for 2020/21 Leaders in Equality Awards of Distinction (LEAD) Program applications is now closed.

Application deadline: February 21, 2021

Overview

The LEAD Program is supporting students who are working to reduce gender discrimination in their communities, or who are studying in fields where their gender is traditionally underrepresented.

The program is a consolidation of 2 funding streams: the previously announced Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Award stream, and the Persons Case Scholarship stream.

$225,000 is available through the program and 90 students will receive $2,500 each for their studies.

Persons Case Scholarship (PCS)

The Persons Case Scholarship was established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the “Persons Case”. There are 40 awards of $2,500 available for this stream.

Women in STEM Award

The Women in STEM Award will support young women to reach their career goals. There are 50 awards of $2,500 available for this stream.

Eligibility

Applicants can apply for only one stream of award annually.

Persons Case Scholarship (PCS)

Eligible applicants:

  • can be any gender
  • are a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person (visa students are not eligible)
  • are an Alberta resident, and to be considered an Alberta resident one of the following conditions must apply:
    • one parent, or legal guardian has maintained permanent residence in Alberta for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies, or
    • Alberta is the last place the student has lived for 6 consecutive months immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies, or
    • the student’s spouse/partner has maintained permanent residence in Alberta for 6 consecutive months prior to the person attending post-secondary.
  • can be any age
  • must have student status:
    • undergraduates must be a registered (full or part-time) student in an approved Alberta post-secondary institution
    • graduates must be an Alberta resident (as described above) and be registered (full or part-time) in a graduate program in Alberta or elsewhere

Indigenous students, racialized students and students living with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

Women in STEM Award

Eligible applicants:

  • identify as a woman studying in STEM
  • are a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person (visa students are not eligible)
  • are an Alberta resident, and to be considered an Alberta resident one of the following conditions must apply:
    • one parent, or legal guardian has maintained permanent residence in Alberta for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies, or
    • Alberta is the last place the student has lived for 6 consecutive months immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies, or
    • the student’s spouse/partner has maintained permanent residence in Alberta for 6 consecutive months prior to the person attending post-secondary
  • must be 30 years or younger by March 31, 2021
  • must be a registered (full or part-time) student in an approved Alberta post-secondary institution

Indigenous women, racialized women and women living with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

Ineligible applicants

Students at or below high school level are not eligible to apply.

How to apply

Step 1. Review eligibility

Select one stream of award based on the eligibility criteria.

Step 2. Fill out the application form

Step 3. Gather supporting documents

You will need:

  • 2 reference letters that speak to your academic potential and/or contributions (volunteering, leaderships, mentoring) to equality in your chosen field
  • an enrollment verification letter from your institution of study - this letter must indicate:
    • a contact person at the institution (name, phone number and email)
    • program or field of study
    • your date and status of enrollment

Step 4. Submit your application package

The application form, reference letters and enrollment verification letter must be submitted together.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Email (preferred): [email protected]

Mailing address:

Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
9th Floor, Jasper Building
10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta, Canada T5J 4R7

Contact

Connect with Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women:

Email: [email protected]