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Wilfrid Laurier University Development
February 12, 2016

Canadian Excellence

Graduate Enhancement Fund


Funded directly through the generosity of our graduate students, the Graduate Enhancement Fund (GEF) supports special one-time projects that enhance the graduate student experience across all of our campuses. Specifically, the GEF looks to support projects that fall within one of the following areas:

a. Space, equipment and furnishings for graduate students
b. Technology for graduate students
c. Resources for graduate students
d. Graduate student funding (scholarships, bursaries and awards)
e. Out-of-classroom academics (conferences, etc.)

The GEF has been supporting projects since 1995 at a total value of approximately $1.6M. To view some of the past projects, please click here.

Please keep the following in mind when preparing your application:

The GEF does not fund projects on an on-going basis so the request should be for one-time funding only.

The GEF rarely approves projects that require salary. If salary is a component, it must be for a limited time during the start-up phase of the project and the budget must show financial sustainability.

The committee appreciates those projects that have demonstrated collaboration with other partners/departments on campus.

The committee prefers those projects that have an impact on a large percentage of the graduate student population.

If you have any questions about the GEF, please contact Janet Robinson, Leadership Gift Officer at