CASWE Graduate Student Awards

The Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education (CASWE/ACÉFÉ) is an associate member in the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. CASWE/ACÉFÉ has the responsibility for providing forums for discussion and action related to women’s issues in education within CSSE/SCÉÉ, within Canadian Faculties of Education, and where appropriate, in society at large.  The Association has a number of objectives, three of which include: (a) To promote exchanges of information about feminist scholarship and pedagogy within CSSE/SCÉÉ; (b) To develop forums within CSSE/SCÉÉ for social and political action related to women and education; and (c) To assist in promoting the status of women at all Faculties of Education in Canadian universities. In order to meet these objectives, CASWE/ACÉFÉ is proud to announce and solicit submissions for the CASWE/ACÉFÉ Graduate Student Award.


The graduate students who are awarded the Masters and Doctoral prizes will receive numerous benefits from CASWE/ACÉFÉ.  All nominees will be encouraged to attend a session during the regular CASWE/ACÉFÉ program at the annual CSSE/SCÉÉ conference to present their proposals to the CASWE/ACÉFÉ membership.  The winning proposals will be highlighted on the CASWE/ACÉFÉ web-site, and will be included in any proceedings and/or publications created by CASWE/ACÉFÉ.


All submissions must be emailed to Dr. Lisa Starr ( ), Past-president CASWE/ACÉFÉ by February 28, 2018.


As an organization committed to promoting the status of women and education in formal, informal and nonformal contexts, CASWE/ACÉFÉ encourages the submission of papers or projects that utilize feminist conceptualizations and methodologies, or have at their center research on women and education.  CASWE/ACÉFÉ encourages proposals that broaden the definition of traditional research to include innovative and creative research methodologies, including but not limited to:

  • artistic renderings such as documentary research;
  • new definitions of ‘research’ as theorized by marginalized populations;
  • research that emerges from questions without answers, from feminist querying;
  • arts-based inquiry;
  • original data collection;
  • meta analysis; and
  • performance, and/or symbolic artistic expression


All graduate students in Canadian universities are welcome to submit a proposal for adjudication of the Award.  Submitters must be a member of CASWE/ACÉFÉ, and have current graduate student status or have graduated less than one year from the date of the award.

Submission Requirements

Graduate students may apply individually for the award; however, there must be included in the package at least one letter of nomination from a faculty member who can serve as a reference for the student and who will attest to the quality of the research submission.

In order to move forward to adjudication, submissions must include the following:

  1. a nomination letter;
  2. an abstract of the research project (no more than 350 words);
  3. the final paper/project to be adjudicated (up to 30 pages in length); and
  4. a letter of support from a faculty member.

Note:  Do NOT send complete dissertations or theses

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