The Graduate Studies Endowment Fund

The Graduate Studies Endowment Fund (GSEF) at the University of Waterloo was created by a graduate student referendum in 2001-2002 for the purpose of “funding an on-going commitment to enhance the learning, research, and overall experience of graduate students at the University.” It is supported by charitable contributions of $20 per term from graduate students at the University of Waterloo. Please contact the GSEF Coordinator, at if you have questions. The position is currently held by Julia Goyal.

GSEF Programs


For more information on each of our programs, click the following links:

Refunding your contribution

GSEF contributes to many aspects of grad student life, from conference travel, to helping students who are finishing their theses, and to a variety of special projects that grad student organizations organize and request funding for each term (see details above). All of these initiatives are possible because of your contribution and we therefore encourage you to contribute to GSEF. You are nonetheless entitled to refund your contribution if desired through the UW Finance office. Students can access the Endowment Fund fee refund request form starting using the link below. Please note that the Winter 2018 term refund request period is January 3rd – 23rd (midnight). Please keep in mind that refunds cannot be processed after this timeframe closes.

Endowment Fund Refund Request Form



Graduate Studies Endowment Fund • email: