For Graduate Students

SFU David Lam Centre (DLC) offers an annual graduate student essay prize for $1200 for an outstanding paper on intercultural issues, particularly as they apply to people in or from Canada and the Asia Pacific region. Vsiit our Paul Tai Yip Ng Memorial Award website for details. 

We also provide funding to graduate students directly for their research travel.

DLC Graduate Research Travel Award

The DLC Graduate Student Travel Award provides support to master's and PhD students to conduct research or present a paper at a conference on a topic that is related to the Asia Pacific region or its diaspora. The value of this award is up to $1,000 each, with a total number of 5 to 10 awards available. Students are eligible to one award per academic year.

This is a rolling competition with no application deadline. Applicants must be a current graduate student at SFU at the time funding is requested and at the time travel takes place. Email to apply. For research trips, a letter from the student's supervisor and a 2-page research plan is required. For conference travel, provide proof of being a presenter, an abstract of the paper, and details of the conference.

After travel is complete, send an electronic copy of  receipts for eligible expenses such as travel, housing, food or conference registration. For flights, we also require a scan of the boarding passes. The DLC will reimburse up to the maximum, based on the eligible receipts and request SFU Finance to issue an award cheque to the recipient. All expenses must be in compliance with SFU Policy AD 3.02 Business and Travel Expenses.

External Funding Opportunities

We have created an extensive database of funding support with over 100 grants. As well, we have an extensive list of volunteering opportunities. Click External Funding Opportunities for details.

SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provides a timeline of application deadlines for scholarships and awards administered by their office. Be sure to check out DGS website here.

Other SFU Funding Opportunities

DLC allocates funding twice a year to support Asia-related research. At the moment, graduate students cannot apply for this funding directly. If you are interested, pleases ask faculty to support your application and apply on your behalf. Information pertaining to the DLC Funding can be found here

Graduate students interested in applying to internal funding such as the Graduate Student Society's Professional Development Grants (up to $500 for conferences or research) and FASS Graduate Student Support Fund should visit their website for details.

  • GSS Professional Development Grants provides a source of funding to graduate students presenting at conferences or engaging in field research. Graduate students taking part in these professional development activities may apply for a grant of $499. Grants are distributed by lottery to top-scoring applications coded according to an objective system established by the GSS Grants Allocation Committee.

  •   FASS Graduate Student Support Fund supports graduate student research travel to students in FASS.

For departmental funds including Travel/Minor Research (TMRA) as well as Private Awards, check with the graduate assistant in your department.

Activities for graduate students supported by SFU David Lam Centre:

Public events that may be of interest to graduate students’ research include: