For 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. More details at Paul Tai Yip Ng Memorial Award

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

DLC Funding

DLC Graduate Research Award

The DLC Graduate Student 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 $1,500 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. Email the following to to apply.

For research purpose

  • letter from the student's supervisor,
  • 2-page research plan, and
  • travel budget (if travel is involved)

For conference travel

  • proof of being a presenter,
  • abstract of the paper, and
  • travel budget

A 1-page report detailing the academic outcome will be required.

Mr. Peter Eng, family members, friends and colleagues established this fund within the David Lam Centre at Simon Fraser University in 1997 in memory of Mr. Peter Eng’s father, the late Mr. Paul Tai Yip Ng. Presently the fund provides for the annual awarding of a prize to a student who has composed an outstanding paper on intercultural issues, particularly as they apply to people in or from Canada and the Asia Pacific region.


The award will be given to the best graduate student research paper that advances our understanding of intercultural issues, particularly as they apply to people in or from Canada and the Asia Pacific region.

  • The paper must have been completed as part of the applicant’s graduate studies at Simon Fraser University. The maximum number of pages is 30.
  • This award is open to current graduate students from all disciplines at Simon Fraser University. Awardee(s) must be available to attend the award ceremony.

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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. View our funding policy.

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.

External Funding Opportunities

SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provides a timeline of application deadlines for scholarships and awards administered by their office. View all Graduate and Postdoctoral award information at their website.