Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC)

Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC)

The Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada organization was founded in 1987 to provide a forum and a collective voice for women in senior administrative ranks in Canadian universities, colleges and technical institutes. The primary purpose of SWAAC is the promotion of female leadership in Canadian universities, colleges and technical institutes through:

  • Developing and enhancing leadership skills
  • Mentoring future leaders
  • Recognizing exceptional leaders
  • Networking and communicating
  • Promoting equity, diversity and inclusion

Graduate Student Award of Merit

$3,500 Awarded annually to women graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the university or general community while maintaining exemplary academic records.

Deadline

Contact your academic unit to learn more about deadlines

Eligibility

Women registered in a Master’s or PhD program

How to apply

Nominations are made to GPS by the academic unit. Please contact your academic unit for further information.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Outstanding academic performance
  • Evidence of leadership, including but not limited to such things as:

    - executive positions in student organizations
    - participation on committees (student committees and university committees)
    - organization of special events, conferences, etc.
    - involvement in advocacy groups
    - involvement in volunteer organizations, within the campus setting and/or in the general community.

Required documents

Complete nomination package must include the following in prescribed order:

  • biographical data - *biographical information usually includes information about former and current studies, areas of interest, research, publications, other awards, interests outside the university, and community or volunteer work. It's usually in a narrative form, about 1-2 pages in length, and is an opportunity for the nominee to tell the adjudication committee some things about herself, and to explain at greater length her background/interests/passions/ambitions/volunteer work
  • curriculum vitae
  • academic records
  • three(3) letters of reference

Student Award in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

$3,500 awarded to a woman university or college student * who advances equity, diversity and inclusion within and/or outside their institution through outstanding dedication and excellence or community outreach and activism. 

Deadline

Contact your academic unit to learn more about deadlines

Eligibility

Women registered in a Master’s or PhD program who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to, and engagement with, a particular issue of social justice, community, and/or community organization.  Such community activism may take place on or off campus.

How to apply

Nominations are made to GPS by the academic unit. Please contact your academic unit for further information.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Outstanding academic performance
  • Evidence of leadership, including but not limited to such things as:

    - executive positions in student organizations
    - participation on committees (student committees and university committees)
    - organization of special events, conferences, etc.
    - involvement in advocacy groups
    - involvement in volunteer organizations, within the campus setting and/or in the general community.

Required documents

Complete nomination package must include the following in prescribed order:

  • biographical data - *biographical information usually includes information about former and current studies, areas of interest, research, publications, other awards, interests outside the university, and community or volunteer work. It's usually in a narrative form, about 1-2 pages in length, and is an opportunity for the nominee to tell the adjudication committee some things about herself, and to explain at greater length her background/interests/passions/ambitions/volunteer work
  • curriculum vitae
  • academic records
  • three(3) letters of reference

Diversity Statement: SWAAC is committed to prioritizing equity in the application process. Applications/nominations from students who identify as LGBTQ+, racialized, indigenous and/or students with disabilities are encouraged to apply for these awards.

For more information, please see the SWAAC webpage

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Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, McGill University.

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