Welcome to the Graduate Studies Endowment Fund

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The Graduate Studies Endowment Fund (GSEF) at the University of Waterloo was created by a graduate student referendum in 2001-2002 for the purpose of "funding an on-going commitment to enhance the learning, research, and overall experience of graduate students at the University."

Graphic of a clipboard.230+Student-lead Projects Fundedby GSEF since 2008
Plane logo.1.7M $in Conference Assistanceship Awardsby GSEF since 2001
Icon of hand holding dollar symbol.50,000$contributed to the Medical Leave Awardby GSEF in 2021
  1. Apr. 22, 2022Spring 2022 Funding Opportunities

    As the Winter 2022 term wraps up, here is a reminder of the Spring deadlines for applying to funding for student-led projects and initiatives that aim to improve the graduate student experience:

    Small Project Funding deadlines for the Spring 2022 term are in the beginning of each month (May 1, June 1, July 1, August 1)

    Large Project Funding and Environmental Sustainability Fund Applications are due on June 10, 2022.

  2. July 21, 2022Employment Opportunity with the GSPA

    Are you a current PhD student at the University of Waterloo looking to support Waterloo's Professional Skills Foundations program? 

    Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs is hiring a Graduate Professional Skills Program Specialist for the fall 2022 and winter 2023 terms (8 months total committment required). 

  3. July 12, 2022Balsillie School Community Garden Grand Opening
    Community garden

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  1. Apr. 12, 2022Winter 2022 Overview
    winter 2022 gsef overview

    Written with support from Najeebuddin Mohammed

    Over the Winter 2022 term, GSEF worked actively to increase student engagement, support student-led projects and initiatives, and direct funding to continue supporting graduate students across campus. The move to in-person learning in February provided a much-needed boost to student-led activities, which GSEF was happy to support. Continue reading to check out what we were up to over the last few months!

  2. Jan. 24, 2022Project Spotlight: Biology Zero Waste
    Reusable utensils

    Written with support from Najeebuddin Mohammed

    To address climate change and encourage environmental sustainability, the University of Waterloo has strengthened its sustainability strategy and has developed an action plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

  3. Nov. 29, 2021Fall 2021 Overview
    learn more about gsef and upcoming opportunities

    Over the Fall 2021 term, GSEF worked actively to increase student engagement, support student-led projects and initiatives, and direct funding to continue supporting graduate students across campus. Continue reading to check out what we were up to over the last few months!

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