Allan Cahoon Global Advancement & Diversity Fund


The Allan Cahoon Global Advancement and Diversity Fund was established by Royal Roads University's Board of Governors to recognize the leadership of Allan Cahoon, who served from 2007 to 2019 as president and vice chancellor.

The fund aligns with Royal Roads's performance-based culture, and receives contributions from both the board and external donors. Donations from the university are considered on an annual basis.

The fund also aligns with the Royal Roads’s goals for global advancement and diversity. Global advancement refers to the university's strategic and integrated approach to support our vision: Inspiring people with the courage to transform the world.

Diversity is the recognition and acknowledgment of multiple and overlapping identities that enrich community. Royal Roads is committed to appreciating and celebrating the diversity of students, faculty and staff, with the objective of strengthening the fabric of our communities.


The Allan Cahoon Global Advancement and Diversity fund supports three initiatives:

  1. Allan Cahoon Global Advancement and Diversity student award
  2. Global Advancement project for projects with start dates in even numbered years (2022, 2024 etc.) is a project led by a core faculty or permanent staff member with a focus on forging new opportunities and furthering the interests of diversity.
  3. Centre for Dialogue-based event for projects with start dates in odd numbered years (2021, 2023 etc.) is an event hosted by the university and led by core faculty or permanent staff. The event will incorporate resources of the Centre for Dialogue and draw on contemporary thought leadership promoting diversity, inclusivity and opportunity, consistent with the university's diversity statement, with particular emphasis on gender, sexual orientation and Indigenous culture.

Eligibility for Global Advancement project or Centre for Dialogue-based event

Eligibility criteria:

  • a project or event led by a current permanent core faculty or staff member
  • a project or event that intends to meet the university’s goals for global advancement and diversity
  • an application form submitted in response to the call for applications by the application deadline
  • the project or event has approval from the appropriate school dean or director

Annual fund distribution

Funding availability will be based on the value of the interest earned on the endowment. The amount will be reviewed annually by the Office of Advancement. Applications with higher requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Distribution of funding

Annual funding is allocated to a Centre for Dialogue-based event or Global Advancement project depending on funding availability.

The Office of Research will promote and administer a competition for funding by posting a call for Global Advancement and Diversity applications.

Research Services provide administrative support for the call or applications, adjudication process, and post-award management and reporting.

One award will be made annually.

How to apply

Email applications to the address on the application form by midnight on February 15. When February 15 falls on a weekend or a statutory holiday, the due date will be midnight of the next business day.

Include a (maximum two-page) project or event description with the application.

Incomplete applications, late applications or applications not submitted as instructed will not be considered.

Project and event selection criteria

Selection criteria include the following:

  1. significance of the proposed initiative and how it will enhance the professional growth of the staff, students and faculty as a whole
  2. quality of the proposed activities, as reflected in the strength, timeliness and feasibility of the activities
  3. potential of the project to enhance teaching at Royal Roads
  4. relevance of the activity to the university’s mandate
  5. degree to which the initiative highlights staff, student and faculty’s contributions to the success of the university
  6. support for the proposal by the school dean, director or equivalent

Project or event description

Provide a project or event description (of no more than two pages) in addition to the selection criteria above, including the following information:

  1. the overall goal(s) and specific objectives
  2. the significance and benefits of the activities to students, faculty, the university and knowledge creation
  3. the activities or work plan with time frames
  4. the feasibility of the proposed project
  5. expected outputs and outcomes
  6. potential long-term impacts of the project
  7. detailed budget with justification — Specify the total amount requested (normally up to $4,000). Justify each budget item in terms of how it will help you achieve your objectives, and the calculation of the cost. Funds requested may be used only for the purposes described in this application.

Duration of project and event support

The term of the award is one year from the date of award. All funds are expected to be expended by this date. Any unused monies will be returned to the fund.

Faculty and staff members can only hold one award at a time.

Recipient requirements

The Office of Research Services will provide information about each award to the Office of Advancement after each Research Advisory Committee meeting. This includes the name(s) of recipients, title of project, amount awarded, budget, details of the project, projected outputs, outcomes, impacts, etc.

Recipients of funds are required to submit a final written report to the Office of Advancement and the Office of Research Services within 30 days of the end of the project.


Applications will be administered by Research Services in communication with the Office of Advancement. The Research Advisory Committee will adjudicate applications.

Post-award project changes

Once awarded, any significant changes to the proposed activity in terms of subject matter and budget expense categories must be discussed with the Chair of the Research Advisory Committee.

Submit your application