Scholarship & Fellowship Information


The Annual WiDS Scholarship fund was established in 2006 with a mandate to encourage women to further their educational objectives and pursue careers and related to Canada's defence and security. Since 2006, over $100,000 has been awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000-$10,000. This year, WiDS is pleased to announce that one scholarship, valued at $10,000 will be awarded. 


WiDS is pleased to partner with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) to offer the WiDS & CGAI Fellowship. This opportunity aims to advance the careers of women in defence and security by offering one or more women mentorship, work and research/analysis opportunities with CGAI, access to CGAI publications and resources.

This collaboration will select female graduate or post-graduate students using the WiDS Annual Memorial Scholarship Process and will provide a Fellowship delivered by CGAI. The fellowship also provides access to all WiDS professional development events. While the Fellowship will be oriented towards a Graduate Student, exceptional undergraduates will be considered eligible.

The benefits of the Fellowship include:

Publication opportunities with CGAI (the exact nature and amount subject to Fellow’s interest) and promotion of that work;
Mentoring and coaching with CGAI;
Professional development opportunities with the wider CGAI network subject to availability and the Fellow’s career interest;
Complimentary attendance at CGAI events;
Complimentary attendance at WiDS events; and
One complimentary access pass to the tradeshow floor at CANSEC.

You may apply to the CGAI Fellowship using the same WiDS Memorial Scholarship application form. Simply indicate whether or not you are interested in being considered for the CGAI opportunity as well.


Applicants must meet the following mandatory criteria. No exceptions will be considered. Applicants must:

1.  be enrolled at an accredited university or college, either full-time or part- time in the school year 2021-2022 (in the case of university students both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible, however undergraduates must have completed at least 2 years of study);

2.  demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to defence or security;

3.  have a minimum grade point average of 70%;

4.  provide evidence of community, education or professional leadership;

5.  be a woman; and

6.  be a citizen of Canada.


The WiDS scholarships are tenable only at recognized institutions in Canada. For applicants who have completed a previous degree abroad, proof of acceptance or registration at a Canadian institution is required.


  • Obtain an original copy of the most recent transcript from the academic institution that you are attending.
  • Obtain two letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your accomplishments and career goals. At least one must be from a faculty member at your current college/university.
  • Provide proof of Canadian citizenship (in form of copy of birth certificate, citizenship card or first page of passport).
  • WiDS requests six (6) copies of your complete application - one complete application with the original documents and 5 additional photocopies. (As a volunteer-run organization, we have limited administrative capacity and are unable to photocopy applications for the review committee.)
  • Applications must be mailed. Emailed applications will not be accepted.
  • Applications MUST be completed in full as incomplete applications will not be considered. For an application to be considered as completed in full, you MUST send six copies of all required documents, including transcripts and recommendation letters.
  • Do not include extra items such as: copies of awards, certificates, newspaper articles or photographs.


Women in Defence and Security Canada
c/o Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries
251 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 300
Ottawa, ON K1P 5J6
Attention: WiDS Scholarship Committee



Awards will be based on academic achievement, participation and interest in defence and security activities, field of study, work experience, statements of objectives, and recommendations.  WiDS reserves the right to revise, suspend, or discontinue this program without notice.


Please note that only successful applicants will be notified. Scholarship recipients will be invited to attend a formal Scholarship Awards Ceremony in Ottawa, Ontario.


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