Academic Joint Fund

The Academic Joint Research Fund, also known as the Academic Joint Fund for Support of Graduate Student Research and Scholarship, was initiated to help support the creation of events (conferences, lectures) that bring external participants to share their research and interact with Western graduate students.

Research Western, the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS), and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) have formed a partnership, annually contributing to $6,000 apiece to a jointly administered fund, designed to aid these events.

The maximum amount awarded to each successful application is $1,000.

Please download and complete the application for on our documents page and return it in person or by email ( to the SOGS VP Academic, with all additional materials at least one month prior to the event.

Applications accepted throughout the year.

Joint Fund FAQ:

  1. What is the purpose of the Joint Fund for Graduate Student Research and Scholarship?
    The Joint Fund was developed to help graduate students and departments to bring conferences to Western that allow graduate students at Western to showcase their research. The Joint Fund can also be used to bring in external speakers to speak to and interact with graduate students. Please note that the committee does not look favourably upon events requesting money primarily for food.
  2. Does the Joint Fund support travel to conferences outside of the London area? 
    No. If you are a student looking for a way to support conference travel please apply to the SOGS Travel Subsidy.
  3. How much money is available?
    Research Western, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and SOGS each contribute $6000 to the Joint Fund for a total of $18,000. The maximum amount that will be awarded to each successful application is $1,000.