Student Bursaries

Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) is pleased to award Student Bursaries to women college or university students to attend Conferences throughout the year.  

The bursaries support women to attend conference sessions and seminars on current energy topics and issues, view state-of-the-art technology at exhibitions, meet professionals in the energy sector, and connect with employers to explore opportunities for internships and permanent positions. 

Bursary Applications Fall 2019

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2019 Power of Water Canada Technical Conference & Trade Show

The Power of Water Canada Conference and Tradeshow offers tremendous networking activities that provide attendees with the opportunity to make connections and build alliances with more than 400 attendees made up of hydroelectric professionals, First Nation Communities, and provincial and federal government representatives.

This year there will be fast-paced 20-minute Tech Talks, new educational streams with breakout sessions, more than 45 interesting speakers and more than 65 exhibitors to visit.

Conference Date: October 21 -23, 2019
Conference Location: White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
Application Deadline: September 21st, 2019
Number of bursaries available: 2
Application Instructions: See below / scroll down


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CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition October 8 - 9, Calgary Alberta

The Annual Canadian Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition is the meeting point for all members of the wind energy industry – top business executives, technical experts, decision and policy makers, and government representatives – to come together and address the key issues facing the industry today. Premier exhibiting companies will present their cutting-edge technology and innovations that will help solve the industry’s biggest problems and pave the way for a more efficient, effective, and sustainable energy future. This year’s conference will host close to 1,500 attendees representing a wide range of interests, including project developers, manufacturers, federal, provincial and municipal governments, utilities, consultants, communities and students.

Conference Date: October 8th -9th, 2019
Conference Location: BMO Centre, Calgary, Alberta
Application Deadline: September 8th, 2019
Number of bursaries available: 2
Application Instructions: See below / scroll down


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Association of Power Producers of Ontario

Across the world the power grid is entering a period of major upheaval. Many believe the system is approaching a critical turning point in terms of massive electrification, the integration of vastly increased numbers of players, a shift in focus towards the grid edge, decarbonization, the widespread deployment of game-changing storage, responsive energy management technology, digitization, sharing technology, and more.

How rapidly will these changes take place, how soon will they come, and how to prepare for them? These are the opening questions for APPrO 2019. There’s little doubt that the future belongs to those who can see the inflection points ahead and put in place the necessary strategies to embrace them.

The annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre provides an opportunity to participate in important discussions on the coming industry changes, current business plans and commercial opportunities in Canadian power. As well the APPrO conference provides a rare opportunity to make valuable connections with top-tier power industry professionals, across all power technologies, all in one place - at one time! Don't miss a moment of APPrO 2019!

Conference Date: November 21-22, 2019
Conference Location: Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, ON, Canada
Application Deadline: October 21, 2019
Number of bursaries available: 3
Application Instructions: See below / scroll down


WiRE Student Bursary Eligibility Criteria

  • Available to any woman who is a currently enrolled as a college or university student, or has graduated in 2018 or later

  • Interested in any sector of renewable energy, including academic, manufacturing, technical, consulting, engineering, finance, and others

  • Must be planning to pursue a career in the energy sector

WiRE Bursary Recipient - Roles & Responsibilities

  • Attend the conference for the full duration

  • Undertake one mandatory shift with the WiRE exhibiting team, helping to manage WiRE’s display booth at the conference

  • The recipient is required to cover all her own costs for transportation and accommodation – the bursary applies to the conference registration fee only


Application Instructions

1. Application package must include (please note incomplete applications will not be considered)

  1. Current résumé or CV

  2. Statement of Interest (300-600 words) describing

    • Why the applicant is interested in attending the conference

    • How attendance will benefit the applicant, her community, campus, and/or organization

    • Highlights of academic and/or work history

    • Experience in renewable energy and career goals

  3. WiRE Statement (max 200 words) describing

    • What aspects of WiRE does the applicant finds most interesting?

    • What role does WiRE play in the energy sector?

    • Why is WiRE unique and important?

  4. Complete contact information, including phone, email, and mailing address

  5. Letters of recommendation are encouraged, but not required

2. Submit applications electronically to hliu@womeninrenewableenergy.ca by the deadline outlined for each confence

3. Bundle all of the above items into ONE PDF File, and save with the format: “Conference_LastName_FirstName”.   (example: OWA_Smith_Jane.pdf)

4. In the subject line of the email, list the Conference you are applying for and your last name/first name (Example of Subject Line: OWA_Smith_Jane.pdf)

Successful recipients will be notified at least two weeks ahead of the conference.