The Graduate Studies Endowment Fund (GSEF) exists to support improvements in the graduate student experience at the University of Waterloo. All registered graduate students make a refundable contribution of $20 per term. Half of this money goes to the capital fund, while the other half is spent on four programs. These are: projects, research travel assistantships, doctoral thesis completion awards, and support for the annual Graduate Studies Research Conferences. For more information on these programs, including application forms and to find out how to obtain a refund, please visit

GSEF is run by graduate student volunteers. To find out how you can get involved, or if you have any other questions regarding the fund, please contact the coordinator at

Territorial Acknowledgement

We, the Graduate Student Association - University of Waterloo, acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of ‎ the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River. 

Final Report on Student Mental Health

Final Report on Student Mental Health.

GSEF important dates

  • The GSEF refund is available for the first three weeks of class each term.  Please check their website for specific dates.