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Initiative Campaign

School of Graduate Studies

For more than 120 years, Queen’s School of Graduate Studies has seen our graduates fuel their curiosity and make a difference in their communities leaving their footprint across Canada and around the world.  The Initiative Campaign provided an opportunity to share the successes of our graduate students, the strengths of our programs, and the creative spirit that drives discovery and expands the bounds of knowledge. Connecting with alumni and donors has been rewarding on many levels. This is an incredible group of individuals who are deeply committed to Queen’s - they inspire us to think big, to be bold, and then support us in getting there through philanthropy and volunteerism. 

Over the course of the Initiative Campaign more than $10 million was raised to support graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, increasing our ability to attract students and trainees from around the world, enabling our students to engage in global research experiences, and providing the means for our students to push the boundaries of discovery. Through volunteerism, our alumni and donors provide mentorship and support to our current students by serving as role models, engaging in professional skill development, and sharing their experiences in navigating the transition to career through an online network. The networks and contacts formed often extend beyond the students’ graduation – such is the strength of these connections.

It’s difficult to capture in just a few words the far-reaching impact of the Initiative Campaign. It can, however, be seen in the success, achievements, and compassion of our students while pursuing their advanced degrees and beyond as they join the growing ranks of Queen’s alumni and donors. On behalf of students, staff and faculty in the School of Graduate Studies, a heartfelt thank you to all who contributed in so many ways.


Brenda Brouwer, PhD
Vice-Provost and Dean, School of Graduate Studies