SICI Membership Development Fund (SMDF) 2022-23

SICI’s (Shastri Indo Canadian Institute) Canada Office is pleased to announce the SICI Membership Development Fund (SMDF) for its Canadian Members Council (CMC) Institutions in good standing. The desired purpose of SMDF is to publicize and promote SICI mandates, benefits, programs, and grants offered by SICI Canada and Indian offices to its CMC Institutions. The amount of SMDF is up to CAN$500.

We highly recommend that our CMC representatives seize this unique opportunity to use the SMDF grant to disseminate information about SICI and its current grant opportunities within their institutions. The promotion will undoubtedly enable the faculty, students and staff of their institution to apply and avail the benefits of being an active member of SICI.

Please click here: to view SICI’s CMC institutions. Also, please note that a priority will be given to the SMDF grant requests coming from the designated representatives of SICI’s CMC institutions (or any other authorized substitute person).

The SMDF grant could be used for a single event to promote SICI opportunities and other bi-national (India-Canada) activities in CMC institutions. However, these grant-related activities may also be linked to public events (academic or cultural) that showcase India-Canada accomplishments, where the promotion of SICI’s actions is an integral part of the program.

As an exception and given the objectives of this program to promote SICI, the Executive Council members who are also CMC representatives of their institutes will be eligible to apply for the SMDF grant in this competition.


Up to CAN$500

Number of Grants: Ten (10)


  • Members of authorized nominees from SICI’s CMC Institutions can apply for this grant to organize one or more SICI info events in their respective institutions. The representative may share or delegate the SICI-Presentation work with colleagues from their institute.
  • SMDF grant money could be spent covering the costs of tea/coffee/light snacks for the audiences or paying/subsidizing the travel and accommodation costs for the speakers invited for the SMDF event.

Application Requirements:

  • Email your complete electronic application form to with the subject line- “SMDF 2022-23”.

Evaluation Criteria:

Please note, the panel of SMDF adjudicators will evaluate your application based on the following criteria and points:

1. Event Topic (3 points)

          a.  Ability to clearly articulate the objectives of the event (2 points)
          b.  the topic appealing to a broader audience (1 point)

2. The benefit to the applicant’s institution/department (3 points)

           a. Ability to link the event to the development of the institution/department (1 point)
           b. Ability to outline the event’s outcomes (2 points)

3. Relevance to India-Canada relationship (2 points)

          a. Ability to promote India studies in Canada (1 point)
          b. Ability to promote Canada- India collaborations ( 1 point)

4. Visibility of SICI at the event (2 points)

         a. Demonstrate that plans are in place to showcase SICI activities-programs with promotional materials/presentations, etc. (2 points)

Acceptable Expenses:

  • Refreshment costs (i.e., tea, coffee, soft drinks, snacks, etc., Alcohol is not allowed.
  • Supplement the travel and or accommodation costs for invited speakers, panellists, etc.,

Disbursement of Funds:

  • Funds will be disbursed upon receipt of the SMDF report in SICI report form.

Application Deadline: Open


The Executive Council of SICI will adjudicate SMDF applications by appropriate purpose and guidelines mentioned above and below.

Application Form: Form 


  • SMDF will be used for organizing SICI Info event/s at Canadian Member Institutions
  • The Canadian members (applicants) will receive the necessary info package (about SICI and grant programs) from SICI Canada Office before holding the event/s in their institutions.
  • If desired and logistically feasible, Program Officer/s from SICI Canada Office or an Executive Council member from SICI would be available (via Skype, zoom or video conference) to help the CMC member talk about SICI programs-grants and to answer any queries/clarifications.

Report Form: Form 

For more information, please email Mahmuda Aldeen at SICI Calgary Office (

Please note: SICI Canada takes no responsibility for missing applications or materials sent by email, post, electronic, or via courier.