Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Travel Grants issue resolved (for now)

To: All University of Victoria graduate students
We are happy to announce that, as a result of additional one-time funding commitments of $95,000 ($15,000 from the Graduate Student Society, $27,000 from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and $53,000 from CUPE 4163 – the union representing teaching assistants, language instructors, and sessional lecturers at the University of Victoria) the FGS/GSS Travel Grant program is once again active for the 2010-11 fiscal year.
All three parties are pleased to be able to ensure that graduate students who have already made travel commitments based on an assumption of funding availability will be eligible to receive the monies they were relying on. This additional funding will allow the fund to be reinstated under the current eligibility guidelines for the summer (May-August), in order to provide time to address concerns with the funding structure for the fall.
As always, the distribution of funds will be done on a first-come, first-served system, so we encourage students to apply as soon as they receive the necessary paperwork from conferences.
Adrienne Canning – Chair, Graduate Students’ Society
Dr. Aaron Devor – Dean, Graduate Studies
Craig Ashbourne – President, Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4163

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