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What is a Student Initiative Fund?

Are you a student with a great idea or project that can help you learn and work in service to the community?

Student Initiative Funds seek to help students and student organizations fund projects that provide educational opportunities such as participation in:

  • Competitions
  • Symposia
  • Conferences
  • Festivals
  • Community development projects

Student Initiative Funds are offered through the School of Graduate Studies, and Student Affairs.

School of Graduate Studies (SGS) - Initiative Fund details

Each year, the Dean of the SGS provides a limited amount of funding for graduate student initiatives at Queen's University.

Examples of these initiatives include:

  • Organizing conferences for graduate students at Queen's
  • Hosting/organizing art or cultural exhibits or similar public performances involving graduate students
  • Projects that allow for the professional and academic development of graduate students

Application Process

At least two months prior to the need for funding, students should submit a completed Request for Funding Form to deansgsr@queensu.ca.

Terms of Reference

Generally, individual allocations do not exceed $1,000. Funding decisions are based on the following considerations:

  • A high level of involvement by upper year undergraduates and/or graduate students
  • Events that include opportunities to highlight graduate programs to potential graduate students
  • Events or initiatives that provide opportunities for graduate students to demonstrate leadership by, for example, inspiring others or making presentations about their research or academic interests
  • Initiatives that highlight the importance of graduate education to the Queen's community

Application Form

SGS Student Initiative Fund - Guidelines and Application Form (122KB)

Student Affairs - Initiative Fund details

Objectives & Principles

The Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs has established the Student Initiative Fund to provide year-round funding opportunities for special projects and initiatives that enhance the student experience and enrich the University community.

The Fund exists to support projects that are dedicated to the principles of personal and community development and, in particular, provide extra- and co-curricular educational opportunities for students to build leadership, citizenship, intercultural awareness and/or community-building skills.

Eligibility Criteria & Requirements

  1. The applicant(s) must be a registered student(s) at Queen's at the time of application.
  2. Only one application per student, or student group, per academic year will be considered.
  3. The project must be non-profit.
  4. The project must support co-curricular events or activities and not be related to academic programs such as a class lecture, lab, practicum or internship.
  5. The event or program must occur within the existing academic year or the upcoming academic year.

Funding Decisions

The approval and amount of funding will be contingent on:

  1. The availability of funds and the total amount of requests received over the fiscal year.
  2. The alignment of the project, activity or event with the stated goals and priorities of the Fund.
  3. The potential impact of the proposed project, activity or program.
  4. The degree of initiative taken to raise funds from other sources. Those groups that have shown greater initiative in this area will be viewed more favourably.
  5. The contribution of the project to the positive image or reputation of Queen's.

Application Form

Students must complete an online application form, attach a proposed budget and any endorsements that support their request.

This information should be submitted to the Office of the VP/Dean of Student Affairs. For full details of the Award and the online application form, go to the Student Affairs website.

Experiential Learning Projects Fund

This funding is intended for Queen's students, staff and faculty. This is a onetime funding opportunity with submission anytime, starting December 15, 2017.

Objectives & Principles

  • The objective of the Experiential Learning Projects Fund (E.L.P.F.) is to support costs associated with creating new for-credit and co-curricular experiential learning opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students at Queen's University.

Funding Decisions

  • The fund will support projects that increase capacity for Experiential Learning (E.L.) activities by integrating E.L. into courses or co-curricular projects, enabling students to apply workplace-linked skills on-campus, across the country or around the world.
  • Grants will be in the range of $1,000-$2,000 per project, typically creating 5-10 new student E.L. roles per project. (Requests for funding amounts greater than $2,000 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Special consideration will be given to initiatives that support underrepresented student populations and communities.
  • The E.L.P.F. grant is not meant to offset current costs of E.L. projects. Priority will be given to projects that do not have other significant sources of funding.

Application and more details

Go to the Experiential Learning Hub

Any questions? Contact the EL Hub at el.hub@queensu.ca with "E.L. Fund question" in the subject line.