2020 CFWH Awards, Fellowships and Grants

CFWH 2020 Grants Program postponed

The Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health and its partners are pleased to promote and support research initiatives in the field of women’s health. Please note that in light of the COVID-19 situation, the CFWH 2020 Grants Program has been postponed. The new submission deadline is Monday, September 21, 2020.


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The CFWH General Research Grant

The CFWH General Research Grants are awarded to those committed to finding solutions to the reproductive health issues that face women both in Canada and around the world. Open to any area within the field of obstetrics and gynaecology, these grants aim to help make further advancements in women’s health treatment, research, and education.

The CFWH will grant up to $20,000 for the CFWH General Research Grant.

Applicants must be affiliated with a Canadian university or health care institution able to provide ethics review in compliance with Canadian standards. Research proposals submitted must not be part of a larger project with funding from other sources and should have a time frame of two years or less. Only research projects directly related to the areas of Obstetrics and Gynaecology are considered for funding. Applicant must be a member in good standing of the Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada.


The Duchesnay International Elective Fellowships for Obstetrics and Gynaecology Resident

The Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health awards up to two Duchesnay fellowships every year to resident students in obstetrics and gynaecology who desire to complete an elective in a healthcare center in a developing country. The fellowships cover four to eight weeks, with the amount varying from $2,500CAD to $4,500 CAD according to the length of the elective. A $700 CAD lump-sum wil be allocated to the local supervisor of the elective.

The candidate must be a Canadian citizen, registered as a resident in obstetrics and gynaecology in a Canadian health care institution and a member of the SOGC.


The Dawn Walker Grant in support of health policy training and development for health-care professionals

Dawn Carol Walker, R.N., was able to influence public health policy through her work both within and beyond government thanks to her training as a health-care professional. This provided her not only with a depth of knowledge and experience but also insights and professional credibility that are not available to policy makers who have had no direct work experience in the health-care field. Because of her training as a nurse, Ms. Walker intrinsically understood the health and social aspects of the issues that were being considered or needed to be brought forward and, consequently, could focus her energies as a policy developer on solutions that would result in better outcomes for all.

Thanks to the Walker-Peters Family, the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health is proud to award one or more Dawn Walker grants in the total amount of $5,000 each year to health-care professionals and/or students so that they may be better prepared to contribute to the development of health care policy for children and women.


The André Lalonde Bursary for the Work of Canadian Physicians within Canada in Areas of Special Needs

The Purpose of the Fund was expanded in 2016 to include the support of Canadian physicians (students and young physicians) wishing to, or currently working with under-serviced Canadian population. Priority will be given to the following:

  • Health professionals working to improve aboriginal women’s health
  • Health professionals working with under-service groups
  • practitioners working towards improvement of nutrition in pregnancy and newborns

A maximum of 2 awards will be distributed per calendar year. The award will be $1,500 to the applicant and $1,000 to the institution where the work will be done. The award is determined by the review committee based on the project. A committee formed by the CFWH Chair will review all applications.

Thanks to the André Lalonde Permanent Endowment Fund, the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health is proud to award up to two bursaries (see below for more details).


The Namesake Grants

This new category of grant was created with the goal of allowing individuals or small businesses the opportunity to become donors of grants through the CFWH whilst creating a connection between donors and researchers/ project developers in communities throughout Canada. These grants range in size and will be detailed individually.

Rubicon Pharmacy Grant:

We thank our donor, Rubicon Pharmacy in Saskatchewan for the generous donation of up to $2000 towards research or projects aimed at the betterment of women/newborn health in Northern Canada.

Shoppers Drug Mart Grant:

We thank our donor, Shoppers Drug Mart for the generous donation of up to $3000 towards research or projects aimed at the betterment of women/newborn health in Northern Canada.

SOGC/CFWH Journalism Awards for Excellence in Women’s Health Reporting

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health (CFWH) are pleased to award two Canadian journalists for excellence in reporting on women’s health. This award recognizes journalists, reporters, and producers who have excelled in communicating information on women’s sexual and reproductive health issues to the public.

The award comes with a $1,000 cash prize per print and broadcast category

To be eligible, publications or broadcasts must have appeared in a Canadian consumer newspaper, magazine or broadcast report in Canada between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020.

To apply, please send a cover letter, description of the work, and a copy of the published or aired journalism piece to dgutierrez@sogc.com no later than Monday, September 21, 2020.

André Lalonde Permanent Endowment Fund

The André Lalonde Endowment Fund was established in memory of his parents, Dorima and Antoinette Lalonde. It has been endowed by Dr. André Lalonde, former Executive Vice-President, the SOGC, family members, Duchesnay Inc. and close friends of the SOGC.

The purpose of the Fund is to promote knowledge of and interest in national and international women’s health issues among Canadian health care professionals whom also serve as members of SOGC.

This is accomplished through an annual guest lectureship at the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada’s Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference; the lecture is given by an expert physician from a low resource country.

The rate of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity is still very high, especially in 67 low resource countries around the world. Most physicians from high resource countries have never experienced the plight of the women and newborns in the developing world. The lack of resources, medicine and healthcare professionals, as well as the poor quality of the existing health care systems, spell great danger for women in the poorest countries.

The Fund’s goal is to also support the Young Physician Elective Program in lower resource countries, awarding grants and bursaries to those who wish to participate. These young physicians will become ambassadors in our quest to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in the world. We hope to raise sufficient funds to provide three to five of these grants and bursaries per year.

Management of the Fund

The Fund is managed by the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health, who provides charitable donation receipts for all contributions. The Fund Management Committee includes Dr. André Lalonde; his son Jean Lalonde; Eric Gervais, CEO of Duchesnay; the Director of the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health; and any other members added from time to time. The Committee will report on an annual basis to the committee and to SOGC members through the newsletter.