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Student Experience Fund

Important Travel Notice

The federal government is advising against all non-essential travel outside Canada. To monitor, check the Government of Canada’s latest travel advisories.

Financial support for student-initiated experiential learning opportunities

The Student Experience Fund is designed to provide financial support of up to $1500 for students to participate in experiential learning opportunities that allow them to engage in practical applications of theories learned through their Social Sciences education. It also allows students to gain introductory grant-writing skills that can be valuable in future academic and career endeavours.

Eligible Activities

Activities offered through Experiential Education (EE) are only available to undergraduate students who meet our Eligibility Criteria

All experiences must include a hands-on, experiential element where the student is actively participating in or contributing to an activity. Funding has been granted in the past to some of the following types of activities:

  • Presenting at conferences
  • Attending conferences (Students must clearly articulate the hands-on components of the conference. The conference cannot simply be for knowledge acquisition.)
  • Local, national, and international extra-curricular learning opportunities such as volunteering abroad, experiences while on academic exchange, etc. 
  • Faculty-supervised, non-credit, independent research or fieldwork (Funding is not intended to support volunteer research assistant positions for faculty members.)
  • Ideas to enhance student-driven departmental initiatives (Must include a letter of support from the Department Chair/Director.)
  • Ideas to work with community partners on community-based initiatives (Must include a letter of support from the community partner.)

McMaster University/EE cannot fund an activity if travel warnings issued by Global Affairs Canada advise Canadians to avoid travel to the location of the student experience for any reason. Please see the top of this page for current information. It is also the responsibility of the student to determine if any inoculation/medical intervention or insurance is required for travel related to their experience and to ensure that these requirements are completed appropriately before departure.

Deadline Dates

Applications will be accepted for review at the following deadlines:

  • Friday, September 25, 2020
  • Friday, November 6, 2020
  • Friday, January 22, 2021
  • Friday, March 12, 2021

All applications must be submitted before 4 p.m. on the deadline date. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

How are funds released?

The Student Experience Fund is reimbursement-based. That is, students are not awarded funds until after they have provided receipts of expenditures. Normally, reimbursements take 3-4 weeks to process.

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Ruthanne Talbot

Programming and Outreach Manager, Academic placements & community engaged learning