Financial aid

The GSA has a list of awards and bursaries available exclusively to graduate students. Also, the GSA provides financial assistance to conference presenters.

Bursaries and awards

Bursaries and awards are available for all graduate students at certain times of the year.

Value: $300
No. of Awards: 10 (4 at the end of fall term, 4 at the end of winter term and 2 at the end of summer term)
Application deadlines: 4:00 pm the first Monday in April, August, & December.

This bursary is open to all current Graduate students of Brock University. Applicants must complete this form, and submit a statement (100-250 words) on how your contributions have benefited graduate students at Brock. Based on the statement, potential recipients will be narrowed down to no more than ten (10). The winners will be chosen from those 10 by a random draw. Students can only be awarded this bursary once during the length of their program at Brock.

Applications must be submitted to the GSA Office (MC C302). If office is closed, please put under the office door.

Value: $200
No. of Awards: 2 (1 at the end of fall term and 1 at the end of winter term)
Application deadlines: 4:00 pm the first Monday in April & December.

This bursary was established in memory of the late Fidelis Anatute Kambilige, an international graduate student who came to Brock University from Ghana, West Africa. This bursary is open to all International Graduate students (Student Visa) of Brock University.  Applicants must complete the form, and submit a brief statement (100-250 words) illustrating why they chose to study internationally for their graduate degree, and how their experience at Brock University and Canada has affected their academic career. Based on the statement, potential recipients will be narrowed down to no more than ten (10). The winner will be chosen from those 10 by a random draw. Students can only be awarded this bursary once during the length of their program at Brock.

Applications must be submitted to the GSA Office (MC C302).

Value: $200
No. of Awards: 2 (at the end of winter term)
Application deadlines: 4:00 pm the first Monday of April

This bursary was established to acknowledge and reward those students who have demonstrated advocacy for the graduate student community and who have overcome/ helped to overcome obstacles during their tenure as graduate students.

This bursary is open to all graduate students of Brock University. Applicants must complete the application form, and submit a 1 page application (double spaced, times new roman, size 12 font, normal margins) describing how yourself or your nominee has demonstrated advocacy on behalf of the graduate students’ association here at Brock University. An additional 1 page letter of reference may be submitted if the applicant so chooses. If you are submitting an application on behalf of another graduate student you must acquire their signature for the application to be considered.

Students can only be awarded this bursary once during the length of their program at Brock. The bursary winners will be adjudicated by the GSA’s awards sub-committee.

Value: $2,590
No of Awards: 2

This award will be divided between 2 enrolled outstanding graduate students at Brock University. Applicants will be required to submit a two page outline (~500 words) demonstrating achievements in student leadership and service to the Brock community. Please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies website, for details on how to apply for this Internal Continuing Student Award.

Value: $465

An annual award to a full-time student in the first or second-year of graduate studies at Brock University who demonstrates personal characteristics such as an enquiring and innovative mind; a spirit of confidence and independence; research ability and maturity; and a high potential for future leadership within the student’s academic area. The student will have been involved in either graduate representation on University committees or university activities that reflect well upon graduate students. The student must complete an Application for Internal Graduate Scholarships. Please note, a letter of support from the student’s supervisor must be included with the application. Please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies website, for details on how to apply for this Internal Continuing Student Award.

Information about other internal and external sources of financial support for Brock graduate students is available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

Conference funds

GSA assists a limited number of students per fiscal year with conference funds to offset the travel and other conference related costs of the student. Currently, GSA has conference funding in two categories, both of which you apply for after you have attended the conference.

Value: There will be a limited number of awards of up to $200 available each term.
Application deadline: 4:00 pm the first Monday in April, August, & December.

The GSA will attempt to provide financial assistance for students who have attended academic conferences/competitions during the term (Fall, Winter, Spring) for which funding is being sought. Proof of conference registration & attendance will be required before financial assistance is granted. Every effort must be made to seek financial assistance from other sources, such as your department, your faculty and conference organizers.

Applications must be submitted to the GSA Office (MC C302).  If office is closed, please put under the office door.

Value: up to $250 per academic year
No. of Awards: all qualified applicants
Application deadline: 4:00 pm the first Monday in April, August, & December.

This award is sponsored by Brock University and administered by the GSA. The award provides financial assistance to graduate students who have presented original work at an academic, professional or quasi-academic gathering. To be eligible to receive funds from BUCA, applicants must use Brock institutional campaign materials such as PowerPoint templates, font, logos for posters or any other Brock branded promotional item and provide proof. An amount of up to $1,000 per term will be divided equally among all qualified applicants, although no applicant will receive more than the sum of their submitted receipts, as it is a reimbursement of expenses. A GSA member may claim up to $250 per academic year from BUCA and may only claim funds from BUCA once per conference. Please see the full eligibilities for this award by downloading the file below.

Applications must be submitted to the GSA Office (MC C302).

You can explore the following options for additional conference funding assistance:

Your Graduate Program Director, Administrative Assistant, and graduate program handbook to determine the funds available through your faculty, program, Dean, or Chair.

Ask your supervisor(s) if they have any funds available to support you with your conference travel expenses.

Brock’s Faculty of Graduate Studies will reimburse full-time Masters Students as well as full-time and part-time Doctoral students who are conference presenters up to $300 per fiscal year.  This Travel Expense Reimbursement is contingent upon securing other forms of financial support.