Scholarships & Fellowships

Undergraduate Scholarships

Chair in Transgender Studies Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Two or more $500 scholarships will be awarded to an academically outstanding UVic undergraduate student entering third or fourth year and pursuing trans-related research in any field, including creative or performative activity.  Priority will be given to students who self-identify as trans or non-binary, and further preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Applications must be written in plain English appropriate for an interdisciplinary committee.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Posting opens: April 1st
Posting closes: May 31st
While only winners will be notified in mid-August, all applicants can view the status of their application by logging in to their UVic My Page account. Funds are disbursed in two instalments, half in September and the other half in January. 

Please note: in order for the recipient to receive the scholarship, the student must register and remain registered in full-time studies (12 academic units in the Winter Session September to April) per general scholarship regulations. If at any point in the winter session the student drops below 12 academic units the scholarship will be rescinded. Students will be notified before this happens and will have a chance to appeal the decision.

APPLY Starting April 1st!
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*Applicants may apply to multiple awards, if eligible. Complete the application of each award for which you want to be considered. No more than one award per applicant will be given in each competition cycle.

Master's Degree Scholarships

Chair in Transgender Studies Master's Degree Research Scholarships for Trans and Non-binary Students

Two or more $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to current or entering academically outstanding UVic master’s degree students who self-identify as trans or non-binary pursuing research in any field, including creative or performative activity.  Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Applications must be written in plain English appropriate for an interdisciplinary committee.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Posting opens: February 1st
Posting closes: March 31st at 4pm
All applicants will be notified by the end of April.  Successful applicants will be issued the award during the first half of May.

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*Applicants may apply to multiple awards, if eligible. Complete the application of each award for which you want to be considered. No more than one award per applicant will be given in each competition cycle.

Chair in Transgender Studies Master's Degree Research Scholarships

Two or more $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to current or entering academically outstanding UVic master’s degree students pursuing trans-related research in any field, including creative or performative activity.  Priority will be given to students who self-identify as trans or non-binary, and further preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Applications must be written in plain English appropriate for an interdisciplinary committee.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Posting open: February 1st
Posting closes: March 31st at 4pm
All applicants will be notified by the end of April.  Successful applicants will be issued the award during the first half of May.

APPLY NOW - Download PDF Application

*Applicants may apply to multiple awards, if eligible. Complete the application of each award for which you want to be considered. No more than one award per applicant will be given in each competition cycle.

Doctoral Degree Scholarships

Chair in Transgender Studies Doctoral Degree Research Scholarships for Trans and Non-binary Students

One or more $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to current or entering academically outstanding UVic doctoral degree students who self-identify as trans or non-binary pursuing research in any field, including creative or performative activity.  Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Applications must be written in plain English appropriate for an interdisciplinary committee.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Posting opens: February 1st
Posting closes: March 31st at 4pm
All applicants will be notified by the end of April.  Successful applicants will be given $2,500 during the first half of May, and $2,500 during the first half of June. 

APPLY NOW - Download PDF Application

*Applicants may apply to multiple awards, if eligible. Complete the application of each award for which you want to be considered. No more than one award per applicant will be given in each competition cycle.

Chair in Transgender Studies Doctoral Degree Research Scholarships

One or more $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to current or entering academically outstanding UVic doctoral degree students pursuing trans-related research in any field, including creative or performative activity.  Priority will be given to students who self-identify as trans or non-binary, and further preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Applications must be written in plain English appropriate for an interdisciplinary committee.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Open: February 1st
Closes: March 31st at 4pm
All applicants will be notified by the end of April.  Successful applicants will be given $2,500 during the first half of May, and $2,500 during the first half of June. 

APPLY NOW - Download PDF Application

*Applicants may apply to multiple awards, if eligible. Complete the application of each award for which you want to be considered. No more than one award per applicant will be given in each competition cycle.

Fellowships for Community-based Scholars

Chair in Transgender Studies Research Fellowships for Community-based Scholars

Two or more $1,000 fellowships will be awarded by the Chair in Transgender Studies to community-based scholars pursuing research at UVic in any field, including creative or performative activity, which will benefit trans and gender nonconforming people. Priority will be given to those who self-identify as trans or non-binary, and further consideration will be given to the project’s budget.

Applications must be written in plain English appropriate for an interdisciplinary committee.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Posting opens: February 1st
Posting closes: March 31st
Normally, successful applicants will be given the award after their visit (no receipts required).

APPLY NOW - Download PDF Application

*Applicants may apply to multiple awards, if eligible. Complete the application of each award for which you want to be considered. No more than one award per applicant will be given in each competition cycle.

Fellowships for Visiting University-based Scholars and Professionals

Chair in Transgender Studies Research Fellowships for Visiting University-based Scholars and Professionals

Three or more $1,000  fellowships will be awarded by the Chair in Transgender Studies to visiting university-based scholars and professionals pursuing trans-related research at UVic.  Priority will be given to those who self-identify as trans or non-binary, and further consideration will be given to the project’s budget.

Applications must be written in plain English appropriate for an interdisciplinary committee.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Posting opens: February 1st
Posting closes: March 31st
All applicants will be notified by the end of April.  Normally, successful applicants will be issued award after their visit (no receipts required).

APPLY NOW - Download PDF Application

*Applicants may apply to multiple awards, if eligible. Complete the application of each award for which you want to be considered. No more than one award per applicant will be given in each competition cycle.

FAQ

Who can apply and how much are the awards?

  1. Academically outstanding UVic Undergraduate ($500), Master’s ($1,000), or Doctoral ($5,000) degree students who are pursuing trans-related research in any field.
  2. Academically outstanding UVic Master’s ($1,000), or Doctoral ($5,000) degree students who self-identify as trans or non-binary pursuing research in any field.
  3. Community-based scholars ($1,000) who are pursuing research at UVic in any field which will benefit trans & gender nonconforming people.
  4. Visiting university-based scholars and professionals ($1,000) who are pursuing trans-related research at UVic.

Can folks who are interested in creative or performative activity apply for funding?
Yes!  We welcome creative or performative research or activity. 

Are these scholarships only for self-identified trans or non-binary folks?
There are numerous scholarships reserved only for self-identified trans or non-binary folks, and priority for ALL scholarships and fellowships will be given to those who self-identify as trans or non-binary.  There are also numerous funding opportunities for people who do not self-identify as trans or non-binary and who are doing trans-related research, including creative or performative research or activity.

Do I have to be an entering or current UVic student to apply?
No!  We offer funding opportunities for non-UVic folks.  Check out our “Research Fellowship for Community-based Scholars” and “Fellowship for Visiting University-based Scholars and Professionals.”

Can I apply to multiple scholarships/fellowships?
Yes!  Applicants may apply to multiple awards, if eligible. Complete the application of each award for which you want to be considered. No more than one award per applicant will be given in each competition cycle.

What if my GPA is less than A-?
Please still apply.  If your academic record does not reflect your abilities, please let us know why in your optional 250-word personal statement.

How many units do I have to be registered in at UVic in order to apply for a student scholarship?
Undergraduate applicants: in order for the recipient to receive the Undergraduate Research Scholarship, the undergraduate student must register and remain registered in full-time studies (12 academic units in the Winter Session September to April) per general scholarship regulations. If at any point in the winter session the undergraduate student drops below 12 academic units the scholarship will be rescinded. Undergraduate students will be notified before this happens and will have a chance to appeal the decision.

Graduate applicants have to be registered in a minimum of 3.0 units (full time). 

Where should I list my relevant community engagement and volunteer experience?
Please list all your relevant community engagement and volunteer experience in your current CV.

What language should the applications be written in?
Applications must be written in plain English appropriate for an interdisciplinary committee.

What does "visiting" mean?
It means you’re physically coming to UVic to work on a research project.

Who qualifies as a visiting university-based scholar or professional?
Any student, faculty, or staff member who is based at another university and who wants to come to UVic for a trans-related research project, including creative or performative activity.

Who qualifies as a “community-based scholar?”
Anybody who is NOT associated with a university and who wants to physically come to UVic to do research in any field, including creative or performative activity, which will benefit trans and gender nonconforming people.

What are some examples of research that community-based scholars can pursue with this fellowship?
Even though the possibilities are virtually endless, examples of research include:
Research using the Transgender Archives.
Research about trans access to health care.
Research in partnership with a UVic faculty, student, or staff member.
Research about how heath care dollars are going to trans health.
Research about trans representation in film, art, or television.
Research about how community level trans organizations connect, organize, and perform activist work.

When are the deadlines?
Undergraduate Degree Scholarships
Posting Opens: April 1st
Posting Closes: May 31st

Master’s Degree Scholarships
Posting Opens: February 1st

Posting Closes: March 31st


Doctoral Degree Scholarships
Posting Opens: February 1st

Posting Closes: March 31st


Research Fellowships for Community-based Scholars
Posting Opens: February 1st
Posting Closes: March 31st

Research Fellowships for Visiting University-based Scholars and Professionals
Posting Opens: February 1st

Posting Closes: March 31st


Can the funds go towards travel expenses?
Yes!  Funds can go towards travel expenses related to research, including creative or performative research or activity.

Who is choosing the successful candidates?
The successful candidates will be selected by a committee under the direction of the Chair in Transgender Studies.  Committee members include: trans and gender non-binary folks, students and academics, community activists, family and allies.

If I am a successful candidate, when will the funds be issued?
Undergraduate Research Scholarships will be disbursed in two instalments, half in September and the other half in January. Undergraduate applicants please note: in order for the recipient to receive the Undergraduate Research Scholarship, the undergraduate student must register and remain registered in full-time studies (12 academic units in the Winter Session September to April) per general scholarship regulations. If at any point in the winter session the undergraduate student drops below 12 academic units the scholarship will be rescinded. Undergraduate students will be notified before this happens and will have a chance to appeal the decision.

Successful applicants for the Master’s Degree Scholarship will be given award during the first half of May.

Successful applicants for the Doctoral Degree Scholarships will be given $2,500 during the first half of May, and $2,500 during the first half of June. 

Normally, successful applicants for the Research Fellowships for Community-based Scholars will be given the award after their visit (no receipts required).

Normally, successful applicants for the Research Fellowships for Visiting University-based Scholars and Professionals will be issued the award after their visit (no receipts required).

If I am a successful candidate, do I get all the money at once?
Undergraduate Research Scholarships will be disbursed in two instalments, half in September and the other half in January.  Graduate awards of $1,000 will be issued in one lump sum.  The $5,000 doctoral award will be issued in two portions – $2,500 during the first half of May, and $2,500 during the first half of June.

If I am a successful candidate, how are the funds be issued?
If you are a current or entering UVic person, and you already have direct deposit set-up, then the funds will go directly into your account. If you are at UVic and do not have direct deposit, a cheque will be issued and mailed to your academic departmental office.  If you are a non-UVic person, a cheque will be mailed to the address listed on your application.

If I am a successful candidate, do I need to submit receipts to receive the award?
No.  Submitting receipts is not required for any scholarship of fellowship.

I am interested in helping the Chair in Transgender to continue offering scholarships and fellowships in the future.  Can I make a donation to the Chair?
Yes!  We welcome all donations.  See HERE for details.

Please contact transchair@uvic.ca for further information.