The Concordia Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) is pleased to offer graduate students a number of funding opportunities including The Student Initiative Fund,  The GSA Extracurricular Engagement Program, Special Project Funding, and Departmental Allocation.

Before submitting any applications for funding, please review the eligibility and documentation guidelines.

To apply for any of the funding below, please email all relevant documentation to  funding@gsaconcordia.ca

GSA Funding Programs

Description: 

The Student Initiative Fund allows the GSA to offer gradate students financial assistance for presenting a paper or leading a workshop at a conference in their field. The GSA acknowledges the importance for graduate students to present their research at conferences to aid in the development of their academic and professional careers. As such, we are please to support and encourage students to present their research through this subsidy program.

Eligibility Requirements: 
  • All graduate students registered at Concordia University  are eligible to apply for the funding;
  • Each student is limited to a maximum of $500.00 reimbursement per academic year (includes Fall, Winter and Summer Semesters);
  • If awarded the subsidy, the student will receive a minimum of $100.00.

*please note that conferences hosted at Concordia University and in the City of Montreal are not eligible for conference funding assistance through the GSA*

Application Deadline: 

To apply for this subsidy, you are not required to obtain pre-approval prior to attending your conference. Instead you must submit your application after having attended the conference. The GSA must receive your completed application form and all required documentation no later than 30 calendar days after the last day of the conference.

The GSA regrets to inform students that we cannot accept documentation beyond this deadline.

Relevant Documentation: 

GSA Funding Policy

GSA Conference Funding Checklist of Required Documents [.docx]

GSA Conference Funding Application Form [.docx]

GSA Extracurricular Engagement Program

Description:

The GSA Extracurricular Engagement Program allows the GSA to offer graduate students financial assistance for attending and participating in academic projects or events that are related to their field of study.

The GSA acknowledges the importance of participating in projects and attending events in the student’s field of study that is related to the student’s research and field of study, but not necessarily presenting research at a conference. This subsidy is intended for individual students in course-based programs who wish or are required to engage in extra-curricular events and/or academic projects within their field of study, and such events or projects require the student to pay out-of- pocket in order to participate.

While this subsidy prioritizes students in course-based programs, all graduate students at Concordia are eligible to apply.

Potential projects and events might include but are not limited to:

  • Individual projects that require personal expenses;
  • Leading workshops that require personal expenses;
  • Attending festivals (Example: arts and cultural festivals) where one’s work is to be exhibited.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • All graduate students registered at Concordia University are eligible to apply for the GSA Extra-Curricular Engagement subsidy;
  • Each student is limited to a maximum of $500.00 reimbursement per academic year (including Fall, Winter and Summer semesters);
  • If awarded a subsidy, the student will receive at least the minimum amount of $100.

Application Deadline:

To apply for this subsidy, you are not required to obtain pre-approval prior to attending or participating in an event or project. Instead you must submit your application after having attended or participated in your event. The GSA must receive your completed application form and all required documentation no later than 30 calendar days after the last day of the project or event.

The GSA regrets to inform students that we cannot accept documentation beyond this deadline.

Relevant Documentation: 

GSA Funding Policy 

GSA Extracurricular Engagement Fund Application Form [PDF]

Special Project Funding

Definition:

The Special Project Funding subsidy is intended to help GSA members and Departmental or Faculty Student Associations in a specific project or event that is designed to contribute to the quality of life, environmental, social or cultural awareness of members of the GSA.

Eligibility Requirement:

 Eligibility of the Group

  • The representatives of the group must be members of GSA;
  • The group did not receive funding from GSA in the current academic year.

Eligibility of the Project

To be eligible, a project must meet the following criteria:

  • Be open to all GSA members;
  • The participation of the event or activity must be free of charge for GSA members;
  • The applicant/s must clearly demonstrate how the project will contribute to the quality of life, and/or environmental, social or cultural awareness of members of the GSA.
Relevant Documentation: 

GSA Funding Policy

Special Project Funding Application Form [.docx]

Academic Project Funding

Description:

The Academic Project Funding is intended to help GSA members and Departmental or Faculty Student Associations in a specific project or event related to their area of studies.

Eligibility Requirements:

In addition to the general eligibility criteria, the applicant must meet both of the following criteria to be eligible for the Academic Project Funding.

Eligibility of the Group

  • To be eligible, all group representatives must be members of the GSA.
  • The Departmental or Faculty Student Association who applies or the one related to the committee who applies must have met the criteria for the “Policy on departmental and Faculty Student Association Allocation” to be eligible.

Eligibility of the Project

  • To be eligible the activity or event must be of academic nature to the area of academic study of the applicant/s.
Relevant Documentation: 

GSA Funding Policy
Academic Project Funding Application Form [.docx] 

Departmental Allocation

Description:

Graduate Department Associations are an integral part of the graduate student community. Each Graduate Department Association is an independent democratic entity designed to represent students. As the overarching graduate student body, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) allocates funds yearly to each qualifying Graduate Department Association and must ensure the
accountability, transparency and democratic integrity of each association.

Eligibility Requirements: 

To be eligible for funding, a Departmental or Faculty Student Association must meet to following criteria:

  • Hold bylaws that are approved by the majority of its constituency.
    Said bylaws shall include clause(s) related to quorum for a General Assembly and a process by which the bylaws can be changed.
    Said bylaws shall respect the general principals of democracy and equality;
  • Hold a least one General Assembly (GA) every academic year during which the departmental or faculty student association’s by-laws are open to discussion and change. If quorum for the said general assembly is not met, according to the internal bylaws of the Graduate Department Association, approval of this criterion is left to the discretion of the GSA council;
  • Executives must be democratically elected every year through an open, fair and transparent electoral process, which is adequately communicated to all constituents, even in the case of acclamation;
  • Be duly registered with GSA. In the case of departmental or faculty student association that do not have to pass by GSA in order to be registered with the Dean of Student of Concordia, the communication of the names, emails, telephone number and student ID of their representative directly to GSA will be considered as a registration.
Relevant Documentation: 

GSA Departmental Allocation Policy 

Departmental & Faculty Association Allocation Application Form [.docx]