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Graduate Student Initiative Grant

October 25, 2016

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) is launching a pilot project called the Graduate Student Initiative Grant. The GSS is considering providing grants of up to $200 to help our members establish organizations (including, but not limited to clubs) or a series of thematic events that will lead to increased academic and social connections between graduate students at SFU.

Currently, GSS is seeking expressions of interest from all SFU graduate students for support in their academic and related endeavours. SFU graduate students based in Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver are encouraged to participate.

Your graduate student led initiative must be: 

  • Multi-disciplinary or in a discipline not currently taught at SFU
  • Include at least three (3) current GSS members
  • Include members from two or more GSS Caucuses (as defined here)  
  • Include activities over two semesters or more (these activities should be similar or at least thematically linked)

Examples of student led initiatives may include (but is by no means limited to) the following examples:

  • Graduate Student Chess Club
  • Science Fiction Reading Club
  • Knitting Club
  • Nature Appreciation Club
  • Arts and Culture Club
  • Inter-disciplinary Research Seminar Series

Please note that in order to limit GSS's liability, any initiative considered too risky (e.g. Lava Walking Club) will not be supported.

If you are interested in applying for the GSS Graduate Student Initiative Grant, please fill out the Expression of Interest Form.

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