Science International Engagement Fund

Science International Engagement Fund (SIEF): Graduate Award

Faculty members, please see the Faculty page for the guidelines for you to apply directly to the Science International Engagement Fund for your travel to develop/strengthen international collaborations.


Western Science’s goals in internationalization are:

  • To engage with the international community
  • To build capacity for internationally-relevant research
  • To address challenging global issues
  • To provide academic programming and learning experiences for Western Science students to ensure they are globally literate, internationally competent and the graduates of choice for academic institutions, companies and organizations world-wide.

The SIEF fund is provided to help achieve these goals by enabling the strengthening of research collaborations between Western Science researchers and the international community. Science International is pleased to offer 4-5 awards per annum with a maximum of $3500 for graduate students to participate in research with international collaborators for medium to longer-term stays (minimum length of stay: 3 weeks).

Application Contents

  • Application form (see below; 6 pages maximum, excluding the support letters)
  • Letter of support from the supervisor(s) including details of any financial support from the supervisor for the international experience
  • Letter of support from the host supervisor confirming that appropriate supervision and research space and research expenses will be provided.

Please complete the Application Form below, and send all materials in one .pdf file to the Associate Dean (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) at

Application deadline

Due to the global pandemic, COVID-19, the next application deadline is unknown at this point.

Application Guidelines


  • The program is open to full-time graduate students registered in the Faculty of Science
  • A maximum of one award per graduate student can be held during their degree program

Eligible Expenses

  • Travel to and from the proposed destination, accommodation, and meals are eligible expenses. Research expenses are to be covered by the Western and/or the host supervisors.

Selection process

  • Applications will be assessed by an ad hoc committee chaired by the Associate Dean (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies).
  • Successful applicants will be notified by email and will subsequently be announced on Western Science’s website and through social media (e.g. Twitter)
  • Selection will be based on the scientific excellence of the applicant and the merit of the proposed research activity with priority given to research activities that contribute to the development of long term international collaborations. If the budget exceeds the maximum amount available through a SIEF Graduate Award, applicants who have secured financial support from other sources may be given priority.

Final Report and Presentation

  • Upon return to Western and within three months, a written report (one page maximum) and a 20-minute presentation to an appropriate broad audience (e.g. as part of a graduate student or departmental seminar, special departmental presentation, etc.) summarizing the experience and the (anticipated) outcomes. Reports should be submitted to the Associate Dean (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies), Faculty of Science.
  • Applicants are asked to acknowledge support from Western Science in any publications or presentations during or resulting from the experience. A copy of the relevant publications should be sent to the Associate Dean (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) at

Any questions about the Science International Engagement Fund (SIEF) can be directed to the Associate Dean (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) at