Graduate Scholarships & Awards

Soroptimist Foundation of Canada (SFC)


The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada (SFC) annually offers four $8,500 grants to female graduate students in Canada to assist them with university studies that will qualify them for careers that will improve the quality of women’s lives. Examples include but are not limited to: providing medical services, providing legal counselling and assistance, counselling mature women entering or re-entering the labour market, counselling women in crisis, counselling and training women for nontraditional employment, and positions in women’s centres.

Area(s) of Study:
Value: 4 awards at $8,500

To be eligible, an applicant must be:

  • A female (or identifies as female)
  • A Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • An accepted registrant in a full-time graduate studies program (Masters or PhD) or professional program at a similar level (medicine, law) in an accredited Canadian university, at the time of the application deadline
  • Pursuing a course of studies which will lead to improve the quality of women's lives
  • Committed to working in Canada for at least two years after graduation
  • Intending to use the award for academic studies in the academic year following receipt of award
  • Contributing to your community through volunteer service
  • Needing financial assistance

An applicant must meet all eight requirements to qualify for a Soroptimist grant. An applicant may apply more than once, but will not be eligible to receive a second grant.  Soroptimist members are not eligible although family members may apply.

Student Status: Full-time
Citizenship: Canadian Citizen or Perment Resident

An applicant may apply in either English or French.

Application form is available on the Soroptimist Foundation website.

The required documents are:

1. A fully completed application form

2. Proof of Canadian Citizenship or landed immigrant status

3. Proof of university registration (if applicable)

4. Three letters of reference

5. Completed financial statement

6. Your personal statement

Completed applications and All REQUIRED DOCUMENTS must be submitted TOGETHER and must be received starting November 1st and no later than January 31st to be considered.  The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada does not grant extensions.  The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada decision on completeness and eligibility, including time of receipt, is final.  Only the successful applicants will be notified and transcripts must be submitted by successful applicants.

Students who are selected as award winners must provide official transcripts of all post-secondary studies.


Send application and all required documents to:

If your permanent residence address is:

WEST of the Ontario/Manitoba border to:

Grants Manager Western Canada -

EAST of the Ontario/Manitoba border to:

Grants Manager Eastern Canada -

Deadline: January 31