The GSA showcases our commitment to fostering the Professional Development of graduate students through the following initiative:


Professional Development Opportunity Fund

The GSA is committed to facilitating professional development (PD) opportunities for graduate students in the form of workshops, conferences, or case competitions. A total of $30,000 will be available to enrolled graduate students for their pursuit of PD opportunities this fiscal year (May 1st 2018 – April 30th, 2019). This is an increase from $20,000 that has been available in the past.

The fund is administered directly through the GSA office. Students can apply any time prior to their identified event, or up to two weeks after their event. This is a change in policy.

Important Notes:

  • Up to 50% of the registration cost will be covered by the fund, to a maximum of $250

  • Students can access the fund once per year (May 1st - April 30th). If your opportunity falls after April 30th 2019, please wait until May 1st, 2019 to apply.

  • Where the PD opportunity is an academic conference, students will need to get their supervisor/department to confirm their funding/lack thereof

  • Cheques are generally available for pick up at the GSA office by the end of each month - students will be notified via their Laurier email account