FASS funding

Graduate Student Support Fund

The FASS Graduate Student Support Fund provides two types of funding:

  1. Prompt assistance funding between $500 and $1,000
  2. Research travel funding between $1,000 and $2,000

Both types of funding are limited, and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis until funds are exhausted.

Details and criteria

Prompt assistance funding

The FASS Deans Office will consider funding requests between $500 and $1,000 from students facing an immediate exigence related to or impacting their studies.

This funding is for expenses that students would ordinarily expect to cover themselves, but for some unanticipated reason are unable to do so in the immediate instance.

Eligible expenses include books and other course- and research-related materials, and expenses relating to tuition, housing, or transportation. The fund is not intended to “top up” fellowships, bursaries, TAships, etc. Before applying for prompt assistance funding, graduate students must first inquire about emergency funding from their home department and must apply to the SFU Urgent Response Fund, administered through the Financial Aid & Awards Office (FAA). Requests will be considered on a case by case basis, and funding should not be considered a certainty.

Please use the FASS Graduate Student Support Fund application form to apply.

* FASS Prompt Assistance Funding Form.pdf
FASS Graduate Student Support Fund application form

Research travel funding

The FASS Dean's Office will consider funding requests between $1,000 and $2,000 for travel to a conference or competition where the student is performing or presenting research; to a library, archive, research centre, or other research-related resource; or to another activity which requires travel and which is directly related to the student’s research project or course of study. Support from this fund is not available for participation in co-op, internship placements, or field schools.

Students may apply only once per academic year. Before applying for FASS research travel funding, graduate students must first apply to the following potential sources of research travel support, and provide evidence of having done so:

  1. Dean of Graduate Studies (GPS). See Graduate International Research Travel Award and the Travel and Minor Research Award
  2. Graduate Student Society (GSS) Professional Development Grants
  3. Home department or school
  4. Faculty supervisor’s grant funds (Tri-Council or other)

Please direct questions about the FASS Graduate Student Support Fund to the Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Please use the FASS Graduate Student Support Fund application form to apply.

* FASS Research Travel Funding.pdf
FASS Graduate Student Support Fund application form

Visiting Speakers Fund

The FASS Visiting Speakers Fund provides funding to invite speakers to SFU. It offers a $5,000 grant to support visiting speakers in FASS.

Details and criteria

A maximum of $5,000 will be available for two or more faculty members from different Departments, Schools or Programs OR one faculty member and one retired faculty member, to apply together to host a visiting speaker at SFU. Applications from one Department, School or Program will not be accepted unless one of the applying faculty members is retired.

Applications should be submitted to the Associate Dean, Research; support is contingent on availablility of funds in the Dean's Office. Each faculty member is limited to one application per calendar year. Multi-Faculty events will be supported only if other Faculties match FASS support (to a maximum of $5,000).

At least one event with the visiting speaker must be open to the public; faculty members will be expected to work with the FASS Communications Officer to publicise their event.

A brief report must be provided to the FASS Dean’s office within one month of the event.

Unused funding exceeding $500 must be returned to the FASS Dean’s office.

The following principles will be applied in decisions regarding funding requests.

  1. All applications for FASS funding must demonstrate some level of departmental financial support.
  2. Budgets in applications should be reasonable, reflect an efficient use of resources, and provide as much detail as possible.
  3. Decisions regarding FASS funding in support of SSHRC Connection Grant will be considered quarterly, no earlier four weeks before the Connection Grant application deadline.
  4. FASS aims to ensure that resources to support speakers and events are allocated equitably across the Faculty.

Please direct questions about the FASS Visiting Speakers Fund to the Associate Dean, Research.

Please use the FASS Visiting Speakers Fund application form to apply.

* FASS Visiting Speakers Fund.pdf
FASS Visiting Speakers Fund application form

Rapid Response Fund

The Rapid Response Fund supports continuing faculty members in FASS to address current topics of general interest both promptly and publicly. It offers a $5000 grant to support public events addressing current topics.

Details and criteria

A maximum of $5,000 will be available once per calendar year for continuing FASS faculty members to host an event. Multi-Faculty events will be supported only if other Faculties match FASS support (to a maximum of $5,000).

Applications may be submitted at any time to the Associate Dean, Research; support is contingent on availablility of funds in the Dean's Office. All applications must be supported by Department, School or Program Chairs/Directors.

FASS Rapid Response Fund events must be explicitly targeted for community engagement and must be open to the public. Faculty members will be expected to work with the FASS Communications Officer to publicise their event.

A brief report must be provided to the FASS Dean’s office within one month of the event. Unused funding exceeding $500 must be returned to the FASS Dean’s office.

The following principles will be applied in decisions regarding funding requests.

  1. All applications for FASS funding must demonstrate some level of departmental financial support.
  2. Budgets in applications should be reasonable, reflect an efficient use of resources, and provide as much detail as possible.
  3. Decisions regarding FASS funding in support of SSHRC Connection Grant will be considered quarterly, no earlier four weeks before the Connection Grant application deadline.
  4. FASS aims to ensure that resources to support speakers and events are allocated equitably across the Faculty.

Please direct questions about the FASS Rapid Response Fund to the Associate Dean, Research.

Please use the FASS Rapid Response Fund application form to apply.

* FASS Rapid Response Fund.pdf
FASS Rapid Response Fund application form

Retirees Research fund

The Retirees Research Fund provides support for retired FASS faculty members from to conduct research. It provides a $5,000 grant to support the research of retired FASS faculty.

Details and criteria

A maximum of $5,000 will be available once every 24 months for a retired FASS faculty member. Funding is for research activities only; support to attend conferences, for example, will not be provided.

Applications may be submitted at any time to the Associate Dean, Research; support is contingent on availablility of funds in the Dean's Office. A brief report must be provided to the FASS Dean’s office after the research is complete; recipients are expected to work with the FASS Communications Officer to share the results of their research.

The following criteria will be applied in decisions regarding the funding request.

  1. Priority will be given to those retirees who have not yet received a FASS Retiree Grant. Retirees applying for a second (or third) Retiree Grant will be asked to wait until January of a fiscal year to submit their application, to ensure that there are funds available for Retirees submitting their first  request for support.
  2. Normally, FASS will not approve applications for a second (or third) Retiree Grant in support of a project that has already received the maximum amount of support from FASS.
  3. Budgets in applications should be reasonable, reflect an efficient use of resources, and provide as much detail as possible. FASS is unlikely to provide support for meals or per diems.

Please direct questions about the FASS Retirees Research Fund to the Associate Dean, Research.

Please use the FASS Retirees Research Fund application form to apply.

* FASS Retirees Research Fund.pdf
FASS Retirees Research Fund application form