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Funding Options

The GSA provides support to financial partners like the Graduate Student Endowment Fund (GSEF) which offers funding for graduate student-led initiatives.

Partner Funding Programs

Graduate Studies Endowment Fund

The Graduate Studies Endowment Fund (GSEF) is a graduate student-run organization that exists to support improvements to the overall graduate student experience at the University of Waterloo. All registered graduate students make a contribution of $20 per term. With your contribution, GSEF is able to support projects like improving graduate spaces and conferences, research travel assistantships, and the 3 Minute Thesis. 

Projects fall under the following three themes:

  • Social
  • Community
  • Academic

For more information on GSEF, including how graduate students can apply for project funding, please visit To find out how you can get involved, or if you have other questions, please contact the Coordinator at

Funding Options

Graduate Student Initiatives (GSI)

Graduate students are eligible to apply for funding for social or academic initiatives such as a reception, a workshop, a panel, a guest lecture, hosting a conference for graduate students, etc.

To be eligible, funding proposals must be submitted through one the following recognized parties:

  • A GSA recognized graduate student association at the faculty, department, or program level;
  • A social committee, consisting of three or more active-status graduate students, formed for the purpose of submitting a proposal for a graduate student initiative.


The GSA will consider funding for academic initiatives and social initiatives:

  • Up to 100% of any proposal costing up to $500;
  • Up to 50% of the next $500 of the proposal;
  • Up to 25% of any additional amount of the proposal.
  • Proposal applicants that are offered funding by the GSA must provide itemized receipts in order to be reimbursed. 
  • Funds offered by the GSA must be used in the term that they are offered.

How to Apply

  • Apply by completing the Graduate Student Initiatives form.
  • The GSA will call for proposals up to three times per term.  Plan to submit your proposal according the schedule.
  • The deadline for submitting a proposal will normally be two weeks from the call for proposals.
  • Please submit your proposal by NOON

Period of Call for Graduate Student Initiatives Proposals

Call for proposals (Application form opens) Deadline for proposal submission by
12:00 PM (Application form closes)
May 1 2021 May 18, 2021
June 1, 2021 June 18, 2021
July 1, 2021 July 18, 2021

Timeline and Decision

  • Proposals that are submitted before the deadline may be offered funding within two to four weeks.
  • Late proposals will not be considered but may be re-submitted through the next call for proposals.

Right to Rescind Offer

  • The GSA reserves the right to rescind any offer of funding at any time and for any reason.

Learn some tips about how to apply for GSI & GSEF

Last Updated: November 11, 2021

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