Undergraduate Programs

Student Life and Learning Enrichment Fund


The University of Alberta values the role of extra-curricular activities for cultivating learning, discovery and citizenship. Through the Office of the Dean of Students, the University has in place funding programs to support out-of-classroom activities of students and student groups. This support is not necessarily tied to an academic program of study.

As a complement, the Dean of Arts has in place a Student Life and Learning Enrichment Fund to support and encourage extra-curricular student activities that are related to a program of study pursued in the Faculty of Arts.

Student Life and Learning Enrichment Funding 

Student Life and Learning Enrichment Funding is intended to support individual students and student groups partaking in activities related to an Arts program of study and/or to enrich the experience of student life in the Faculty. Some examples are: expenses related to participation in a conference, sponsorship of guest speakers and special Arts events, and support for student groups affiliated with and having a mandate related to the goals and vision of the Faculty of Arts.

Undergraduates registered in a program of study in the Faculty of Arts at the time of expenses are incurred are eligible to apply for funds. Student groups must include a letter confirming their up to date registration status with Student Group Services. Applications from students groups must submitted by a student(s) registered in the Faculty of Arts. The proposed activity must be extra curricular in nature (i.e., activity that does not result in credit being awarded toward a program of study) as funds are not targeted for classroom and course assignment support. Individual students, including individuals applying as members involved in a larger group activity, may receive funding a maximum of twice during their program. Registered groups may be funded on an annual basis.

To assist as many students and groups as possible, funds will be allocated as appropriate to the activity with the following stipulations:

  • Conference registration, travel ($500 maximum)
  • Guest speaker, Special events expenses ($1000 maximum)
  • Student group support (maximum $2000)
  • Other activities (as appropriate to a maximum of $1000)

Applications can be made under any single activity or any combination of these activities. The maximum award for any single project is $2,000. Only one application is eligible for any single project event in the Student group category.

Requests for funding should be submitted to Dr. Allen Ball, Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Arts, 6-5 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5, allen.ball@ualberta.ca

The request must include:

1) the name of the individual or group making application. Student groups must also  include a letter confirming their up to date registration status with Student Group Services. The proposed activity must be extra curricular in nature and in the case of individual requests, the program of study being pursed in the Faculty of Arts;
2) an explanation of the request and nature of extracurricular activities;
3) a statement about how the funds will enrich student learning in the program of study and/or student life;
4) estimated budget.

Funding decisions are made by the Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) based on the strength of the application and availability of funds. Decisions are not appealable. Applicants can expect to be notified of a funding decision within two (2) weeks of receipt of a request. 

Opportunities may arise unpredictably throughout the year and therefore there no set deadlines. Requests will be considered as they are received.  Funds are limited.

Funds from the Faculty are intended to offset rather than cover all expenses. Students are encouraged to seek out additional sources of funding.


The Student Life and Learning Enrichment Fund is made possible thanks to the many alumni and friends who have made generous donations to the Faculty of Arts’ Dean’s Fund. Thank you all for your invaluable support.