Description and criteria

In recent years, the AEF has funded such things as:

  • the enhancement of instructional and research facilities and equipment
  • the encouragement of innovative student and support staff activities
  • visits by guest speakers, researchers and visiting professors
  • special library acquisitions related to teaching and research
  • undergraduate and graduate student run conferences
  • film festivals
  • student study space renovations
  • student participation in off-campus conferences or meetings of a specialized nature (Labour Law, Model UN)
  • special cultural events with invited guests (musicians, artists)
  • student publications
  • support staff professional development
  • travel and conference fees to present research results at meetings or conferences
The AEF does not support:
  • direct research costs that would be funded by competitive research grants
  • other activities or projects normally funded by the operating or capital budgets of the faculty
  • student tuition to attend a course or program
  • donations or contributions to charities or not-for-profit organizations
The criteria for eligibility are:
  • Applicant is a registered student in the Faculty of Arts, or a registered graduate student in a Faculty of Arts discipline, or a sessional faculty member in an Arts discipline or a member of support staff or academic staff in any Arts department or program.
  • Applicant has completed the application on time, in full and submitted satisfactory supporting material.
  • Application is not for expenses incurred retroactive to the award year: first competition (September 1 to December 31) and second competition (January 1 to December 31).
  • Applications for the first competition will be entertained for the upcoming funding year (September 1 to December 31) and for the second competition (January 1 to December 31) only.
  • Except in exceptional circumstances, the applicant did not receive funding in either of the previous year's AEF competitions.
The following funding rules will normally be followed:
  1. Applications will be funded in whole or in part, up to a maximum of $3,000 per applicant.
  2. Domestic travel costs will normally be funded to a maximum of $900.
  3. International travel costs will be normally funded to a maximum of $1,800.
  4. Per diem rates will be set according to the University of Manitoba’s governing document. Please refer to University of Manitoba Travel Services for details.
  5. Other sources of funding available to the applicant will be considered in adjudicating applications.

How to apply

Preparing and justifying the budget
  1. Provide briefly detailed explanations for your proposed expenses.
  2. Provide quotations or invoices for conference fees, airfare, hotel, and/or transportation costs for visiting speakers or conference participants and for claims for materials or equipment over $500.
  3. Explain why equipment, materials or supplies may not be obtained through the operating or capital budgets of the Faculty of Arts.
Supporting materials
  1. Provide evidence of acceptance to conferences or meetings indicating your role (participant, speaker, poster, discussant, etc.). Individuals or groups presenting at these events will be given top priority for funding.
    Requests for funding for attendance-only at conferences will not be eligible for travel or accommodation costs. Only admission fees will be eligible.
  2. Provide other supporting documents that justify or explain your budget.

Deadlines and application form

Application deadlines

First competition deadline: Sept. 30. The September competition is directed primarily to undergraduate students.

Second competition deadline: Jan. 31