SGPS-Administered Funds and Programs
Emergency Student Aid
The intention of this fund is to provide short-term relief to SGPS members who find themselves in severely
restricted financial situations due to unforeseen circumstances. Amounts available are very small. Please
contact the SGPS VP Finance and Services with any questions about the application process
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note, this fund can only be accessed once per
academic year (September 1 - Aug 31).
Purpose: To assist students who require expensive dental procedures.
Eligibility: Students, partners and children who are currently on the SGPS dental plan.
Coverage: Root canals, caps and other items covered at 10% by the Dental Plan.
This program is specifically designed to provide partial financial assistance to students and/or student groups that are
organizing events that enhance the academic side of graduate and professional life. Events must be open to the entire
graduate and professional community, and have significant grad and professional student involvement. Examples of the
kinds of events funded in the past include lectures, seminar series, conferences, journal publications, and one-time speakers.
The Finance Standing Committee will consider other events. A copy of your budget and other agencies approached for funding is
required. For more information, and detailed application requirements, please contact the SGPS office.
The Grants Program is not intended to offset individual costs for attending conferences and related academic events;
students seeking financial assistance for individual academic endeavours should speak to their departments and/or supervisors.
Sustainability Action Fund
Working on a sustainability project and looking for funding? The Sustainability Action
Fund (SAF) is an optional student fee whose proceeds are available in grants to any
graduate or professional student group that focuses on campus energy efficiency, waste
reduction or education on sustainability-related issues. Any project that reduces Queen's
University's negative environmental impact and makes campus more sustainable is eligible for
funding as long as it is not directly related to a personal thesis work and at least one
group member in managerial capacity is a member of the SGPS. The SGPS will consider your proposal
based on its potential positive impact, the number of applications and the funds available.
This fund assists sports events that involve
significant numbers of graduate and professional students. The Finance
Standing Committee gives first priority to the largest organisational
structure possible; for example, entire sports leagues will be given
priority over individual teams within the league. In the past, the fund
has also made small loans to assist teams in organising. This fund was set
in place by referendum. You can opt-out of the fee should you wish to do
so. Opting out must be done at the SGPS office, following the opt out
procedure. For more information on the sports fund and its application
deadlines, please contact the SGPS office.
Need financial help with anything to do with your club or society? If you are a member
of the SGPS looking to create a club, we can help you with all the necessary steps to
get official sanction and recognition on campus: Contact the Executive Assistant with
help creating your club (email@example.com). If you represent an existing club, we can
help with activities or events that promote the many varied aspects of student life
here at Queen's. The SGPS will consider your proposal based on its potential positive
impact on student life here at Queen's. If you need to register your club, please click here.
The Work Bursary Program
The government, AMS and SGPS contribute to a work bursary programme. For
eligibility requirements, please contact Student Awards at 533-2216. Graduate
and Law students are able to participate in this program. You may also check
the AMS website at http://myams.org/.
Externally-Administered Funds and Programs
Fellowships and Awards
The Graduate School Calendar describes the fellowships and awards programs
that help to support graduate students. Fellowships and some of the award programs are
competitive based on academic merit. Selection is done by the Fellowship
Committee of the School based on ranked submissions by the
Contact the Registrar of the Graduate School for information
(533-6100). Or try their web page: http://www.queensu.ca/sgs
where you will find information on SSHRC, NSERC OGS and MRC fellowships.
Teaching and Research Assistantships
Many departments offer
teaching and research assistantships to graduate students as part of their
total support package. Teaching assistants are expected to carry out a
variety of duties associated with the delivery of a course or laboratory.
Research assistantships are sometimes available from the resources of
faculty research grants. The student is expected to assist, again in a
variety of ways, in the research project of the supervisor. Contact the
graduate coordinator in your department for information about these
sources of funding.
Law Students and Potential Financial Support and Awards
Entrance scholarships, as well as other specific awards and prizes are available
to students in the Faculty of Law. Some of these are competitive based on
academic merit. For further information, contact the Faculty of Law, or
access the Student Awards web page at
Tuition bursaries are awarded to international
students to help defray the differential fee. Once made, an award is
deposited into the student's fee account. The award covers the difference
between the Canadian and international fee. The department must nominate
students for these bursaries. Some of these bursaries are awarded to
Queen's Fellowship recipients.
Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
All Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada are eligible to
apply for need-based Canada Student Loan Assistance. In Ontario, OSAP provides
post-secondary students with financial assistance in the form of loans.
You should review the guidelines for OSAP and Graduate Students. Application
forms are available in the Student Awards Office. You can save yourself the
$10 application fee by applying directly online. The OSAP website can be accessed at
http://osap.gov.on.ca. For more information on
the Canada Student Loans program, access
http://www.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/ and navigate to
the Financial Assistance - Canada Student Loans Program.
Queen's University Loans
Queen's University has established loan funds for the assistance of undergraduate
and graduate students. There are two types of loans:
loans: Students in at least their second year at Queen's are eligible
to be considered for a General loan.
- Emergency Loans: the Student Awards office of the University Registrar administers
this program. Application for an Emergency Loan of up to one half of
a student's tuition fee may be considered.
Applications forms may be obtained in the Student Awards office (533-2216). See also
The SGPS contributes annually to a General
Bursary program, which is administered by Student Awards. Applications and
information are available in their office (533-2216), or see
External Awards and Loans
The Student Awards Web Page lists a number of places to look for external
award money. You can access this information, which includes the fastWeb
Canada site; a search engine devoted to helping you look for financial aid
tailored to your personal profile.
Many banks now offer loans to help students finance their education.
Contact your favorite financial institution to see if they offer a student
loan option. Do remember that the policies governing bank loans are
different from those that apply to Government programs such as OSAP and
Canada Student Loans. Make sure you understand exactly what you will be
responsible for, and what the terms are, when you take out a bank
Budgeting and Financial Counselling
Try these online budgeting tools for students:
- The Royal Bank:
- The Bank of Montreal:
The SGPS hopes to offer a series of seminars early in the fall term on taking
care of your money, including such topics as investments, budgeting, and
how to maintain that debt you might be accumulating. Contact the SGPS
office for details.
Food Assistance Fund
This is an emergency fund administered by Student Awards. It is designed
to provide temporary help to students in need of funds to buy food. A student
would normally be in a short-term emergency situation. For example, an expected
cheque did not arrive. Applications may be made to Student Awards (533-2216).