Funding

The GSA provides funding through grants each year to enhance the graduate student experience at Laurier. These grants fall under a variety of categories, including awards/bursaries for both domestic and international students, professional development supplementary assistance, emergency bursaries and loans, and academic and social events support.

GSA awards are processed through the Student Awards Office, like most awards at Laurier. To be eligible for most GSA awards, you must set up your Student Awards Profile. Once you have done so, the Student Awards Office will automatically consider you for scholarships that best fit your program and year.

 

Professional Development Opportunity Fund

The fund is administered directly through the GSA office. A total of $30,000 will be available to students for their pursuit of Professional Development opportunities this fiscal year. Applications will only receive this funding once a year to help with the costs of workshops, conferences, or case studies.

More information can be found here.

 

Graduate Enhancement Fund

Funded directly through the generosity of our graduate students, the Graduate Enhancement Fund (GEF) supports special one-time projects that enhance the graduate student experience across all of our campuses.

More information can be found here.

Extraordinary/Bridge Funding

The Extraordinary or Bridge Funding program provides immediate funding to graduate students for extraordinary situations wherein they have exhausted all other available means of funding. Graduate students in need of said funding shall be requested to prove that they have contacted both their Department Chairs and The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for financial assistance. It is the responsibility of both home Departments and The Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies to support their graduate students. The funding can be used in conjunction with other sources of emergency funding. Funding is generally granted on a one-time-only basis.
Extraordinary or Bridge Funding bursaries are not for a lack of preparedness, underestimation of the costs related to graduate school, or for members whom cannot prove future financial stability. The bursary is not intended to temporarily save a student from debt. Therefore, extraordinary or bridge funding bursaries are for students who experience an unforeseeable cost that requires immediate action. Examples of this could be costs related to natural disasters that require a hotel stay or a family death that requires travel monies. Extraordinary or Bridge Funding is not for anticipated tuition, living expenses, books, or food. 

You may download the application form here and can email it to Ellen, our Executive Director, fax (519 884 1736), or drop off the completed form at our office (First floor Waterloo Campus Student Services Building).

 

Assistance for Academic/Non-Academic Events

The GSA has $50,000 in an academic endowment fund allocated through the Dean of Students on both Waterloo and Brantford campuses. The funds are being awarded to encourage graduate students to enhance the quality of their experiences. Funds are intended for out of the classroom academic and non-academic events. Disbursements of these funds are to be used for academic/non-academic events held at Laurier that are open to all graduate students. Examples include inviting speakers, hosting conferences, organizing a board games tournament, hosting a TEDLaurier event, or charity event.

You can apply for this assistance by downloading the application form here for Academic Events and here for Non-Academic Events.

 

Campus Experience and enhancement fund

The Campus Experience and Enhancement Fund is administered by the Dean of Students Office. This fund provides financial assistance to campus groups or the campus community pursuing funds for activities which enhance the student experience at Laurier. Activities may include but are not limited to: offering workshops, hosting special events or guest speakers, travel to conferences or competitions. This fund in intended for one-off activities and new initiatives that positively showcase Laurier through campus engagement and/or integrated and engaged learning opportunities.  

You can apply for this assistance by downloading the form here.

 

National and International Student Award

This award has been established for full or part-time students registered in graduate studies who demonstrate satisfactory academic achievement, demonstrate financial need and are not residents of Ontario. Students studying on exchange are not eligible. Awards will be granted to the applicants who demonstrate the greatest need with special consideration given to those demonstrating outstanding academic achievement and/or community service. Preference will be given to students who have not previously received an award during their current program of study.

This award is given through the Student Awards Office using the student’s profile.

 

Ontario Student Award

This award has been established for full and part-time students registered in graduate studies who demonstrate satisfactory academic achievement. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident (landed immigrant) or Protected Person, and be a long-term resident of Ontario. Awards will be granted to the applicants who demonstrate the greatest need with special consideration given to those demonstrating outstanding academic achievement and/or community service. Preference will be given to students who have not previously received an award during their current program of study.

This award is given through the Student Awards Office using the student’s profile.

 

Ray Owens Award

This scholarship was created in 1991 in memory of the late Ray Owens, a founding member of the Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Students’ Association. He was a MBA student at Laurier, an assistant Golden Hawks football coach, and an organizer of the Graduate Students’ Association. This award is open to all full- and part-time Master level graduate students. Special consideration is given to students who participate in campus extra-curricular activities, community involvement, and who demonstrate character and resourcefulness.

This award is given through the Student Awards Office using the student’s profile.