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Student Experience Grants

Financial support for student-initiated experiential learning opportunities

Student Experience Grants are designed to provide financial support for student-initiated experiential learning opportunities that allow students to engage in practical applications of theories learned through their Social Sciences education.

Eligible Activities

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

All experience 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:

  • Experiential conferences or workshops (attending or presenting at)
  • Local, national, and international extra-curricular learning opportunities
  • Faculty-supervised, non-credit, independent research or fieldwork

This list is not exhaustive. Students may apply for any opportunity that fits the criteria.

McMaster University/EE cannot fund an activity if travel warnings issued by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada advise Canadians to avoid travel to the location of the student experience for any reason including civil unrest. 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

The deadline dates for applications in 2016/2017 are as follows:

  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017
  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Normally, applications will not be accepted at other times. All applications are to be submitted in person to KTH 102 before 4 p.m. on the deadline date. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered, nor will applications submitted by email.

Several information sessions will be held in the fall and winter terms to review application guidelines and provide tips on writing a successful application. Students must register on OSCARplus to attend.


What is the review process?

Applications are normally reviewed by all members of the Student Experience Grant Review Committee: two faculty members from the Faculty of Social Sciences, two students from the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Director of EE. Review meetings are normally facilitated by a Programming and Outreach Manager. Any and all information provided in any application to EE, including supporting documentation, may be subject to clarification and/or verification for authenticity and accuracy. The committee will review all eligible submissions and candidates will be informed of the funding decision by email (as listed by the student on the application cover sheet) normally within a three-week period following the deadline date for the written application.

How are funds released?

Student Experience Grants are reimbursement-based. That is, students are not awarded funds until they have provided receipts of expenditure. Normally, reimbursements take 3-4 weeks to process. Reimbursements can be processed prior to the activity taking place if the student provides sufficient receipts but otherwise will take place after the experience has been completed.

For more information about Student Experience Grants please contact: