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Funding and awards

Funding from the University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo and the Faculty of Arts are proud to offer nationally competitive funding packages to the majority of incoming graduate students. Most funding packages are a combination of graduate research and/or teaching assistantships, and scholarships. An assistantship is essentially a part-time job of 10 hours per week for one or more academic terms, offing students pay and excellent academic work experience. A scholarship is disbursed over the year.

In addition to the scholarships open to all graduate students in the Faculty of Arts, students in the Public Issues Anthropology Masters program are eligible for the following specific awards:

Entrance Award:

The Iris Yuzdepski Memorial Graduate Entrance Scholarship (up to $5000)

Awards available for students part-way through the program:

The Sally Weaver Tuition Award

The Iris Yuzdepski Memorial Graduate Award (application form)

How to apply for Waterloo funding

You do not need to make a separate application for Waterloo graduate entrance funding. When the MA program admissions committee reviews applications, each applicant is automatically considered for funding. The offer of a funding package is made to the applicant at the same time as the offer of admission into the program.

Funding from External Sources

Students considering the Public Issues Anthropology Masters program should also consider applying for external funding, since external awards are both very prestigious and provide higher funding. The funding programs most likely to support students in our program are the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) and the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's (CGS-M). Information about these programs and about how to apply can be found on the Graduate Studies web pages. You need to make separate applications for these awards and the application due date are normally much earlier than the application due dates for our program, so you should start the application process early.