Educational Assistance Awards

Educational Assistance Awards facilitate the acquisition and exchange of program evaluation skills and knowledge by providing funds for participation in evaluation-related courses or workshops.


These Awards provide up to $500 to help offset the following expenses:

  • Transportation by ground or air;
    Accommodation and meals; and
    Registration fees.

Educational Assistance Awards are intended to increase evaluation capacity by enabling formal training in evaluation skills, theory and practice. Enhancing evaluation capacity through training is one means to ultimately increase the quality of evaluation practice in society generally.

Applicants must:

  • Have previous experience or training in evaluation;
  • Demonstrate how they will apply the acquired skills or knowledge to evaluative work;
  • Be seeking support for training other than CES conferences, including pre-and post-conference workshops;
  • Be requesting support for an upcoming, future training event;
  • If a Canadian citizen proposing to attend training outside Canada, show that equivalent training is not available in Canada;
  • If a non-Canadian citizen, apply only for support for training in Canada; and
  • Individuals are eligible for one Educational Assistance Award every five years.

Email your request for an application form to Receipt of applications will be acknowledged. We are not accepting applications at this time. Please check back soon.

Review & Decision Process
Applications are peer-reviewed by a selection panel appointed by the Board of the CES Educational Fund.

Key criteria include: qualifications of the applicant in evaluation; goals for the educational activity; experience of the course or workshop leader; fit between the proposed training and the applicant’s experience; and access to other sources of funding. Priority will be given to those with limited access to funding.

Decisions by the Board of the CES Educational Fund will take into consideration the recommendations of the review panel and the availability of resources. All decisions are final.

Successful applicants will be required to sign a letter of acceptance.

Recipients of the Awards must submit the report form provided upon completion of the course or workshop. The report covers: an assessment of the course or workshop; the extent to which educational goals were achieved; top three learnings; an explanation of how and when new knowledge or skills will be applied; and new perspectives and contacts developed as a result of the training experience.

The CESEF is an independent organization created by the Canadian Evaluation Society in 1990 and reorganized in 2005 to increase national assessment capacity through educational activities. In 2006, CESEF was officially registered as a Canadian charity.

The Fund maintains partnerships with the Canadian Evaluation Society and the Consortium of Universities for Evaluation Education to promote the shared goal of developing the area of program evaluation by increasing access to education, training and professional development.

We invite interested people, potential partners, students and evaluation specialists to send us their comments and suggestions.

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