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The Barbara Roberts Memorial Fund

The Barbara Roberts Memorial Fund is now accepting applications. The deadline for application is August 6, 2024.

Barbara Roberts was the Alberta Representative on the CRIAW-ICREF Board from 1993 to 1998. Barbara was active in many parts of CRIAW-ICREF’s life, notably the Global Feminisms Committee and the Publications Committee. In honour of her “commitment and contribution to Women’s Studies, her radical clarity and active work for, and celebration of justice, peace and community”, her colleagues at CRIAW-ICREF have established a memorial scholarship which is managed by CRIAW-ICREF.

The Barbara Roberts Memorial Fund was established with the primary objective of continuing, promoting, and supporting work from a feminist perspective in

  • peace issues,
  • workplace/unions/radical social movements,
  • social justice/human rights and,
  • women’s studies education.

The Fund is administered by the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW-ICREF) in Ottawa, Canada.

This award constitutes of one grant of $2,000. Each project will be evaluated by members of a special jury, whose decisions will be final. No individual critiques can be provided. If no submissions meet the jury’s requirements, the grant money will be returned to the Fund.

General Criteria

This grant is for action-based research projects on one of the four themes indicated above. CRIAW-ICREF will fund the whole project or parts or stages of a project. The funds are meant to provide access to research funding to those who normally would have difficulty obtaining research funds. The research must make a significant contribution to feminist research and be non-sexist, non-racist and non-homophobic in its methodology and language.

Priority is given to women’s groups and unaffiliated emerging researchers. Please note that the Barbara Roberts Memorial Fund does not fund

  1. research which is part of an educational degree,
  2. the publication of a document which is the outcome of a previously completed research project,
  3. workshops and conferences,
  4. projects outside of Canada,
  5. capital expenditures such as furniture, computers, books.

The primary researcher must be a Canadian citizen.

Email us your application form – together with all the information requested on the form – before the deadline of August 6, 2024. Please send your application by email to: and include ‘Barbara Roberts Fund’ in the subject line.

Download the Barbara Roberts Memorial Fund application form (PDF).

Contact us if you need assistance. You can also request the application form in Word format.