Canadian Federation of University Women Award



The objective of the Canadian Federation of University Women 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.

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 core courses of the program. The CFUW Wolfville Award is a monetary award. Since it was created in 2004, its value has varied between $1,500 and $2,000.

To learn more about previous winners of the CFUW Wolfville Award, CLICK HERE.


Application Process

Applications are due by Monday March 24, 2023. Applicants are asked to submit a copy of their project along with a cover letter to the Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies, Dr. Anne Quéma, at If part of your project cannot be sent by email, please notify the WGST Coordinator to set up a time when it can be dropped off. The 1-2 page cover letter should provide a brief abstract of the project and explain how the project relates to larger communities of concern to Women's and Gender Studies, whether they are local, national or global.

Finalists will be asked to present their projects in the week of March 27 2023.  Following these presentations, members of the adjudication committee will announce the CFUW award's winner.  Members of the committee will base their judgement on the quality, creativity, and originality of the project and the public presentation.  Candidates should bear in mind the criteria of clarity and accessibility as organizing principles of their projects.

The award winner will present the winning project to members of CFUW Wolfville.

Note: Recipients must be registered full-time for both terms at Acadia as an undergraduate and have a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to receive the funds.



The CFUW Wolfville is a Wolfville-based group of University graduates; one of more than 120 similar clubs nationwide.  CFUW promotes the education and quality of life of women globally, and actively participates in public affairs and issues concerning the status of women and human rights.  The Wolfville group has been in existence for over 60 years, and includes members from all over the Annapolis Valley, many of whom are graduates of Acadia.  Funds for the WGS award are raised at their annual giant book sale.