External Scholarships

Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science & Technology (QEII-GSST)

Please review Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) External Scholarships website for more information.

The Department of Biology will be accepting applications for the 2018 NSERC and OGS competitions in the Fall of 2017 and Winter of 2018 respectively. Applications and supporting documentation are due in the Department as follows:

CIHR Doctoral deadline: September 26th at 9:30 a.m. (EST)

NOTE: Transcripts must request their Waterloo transcript using the Graduate Studies Forms website by Friday, September 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Applications should submitted online. A hardcopy with supporting documentation is not required to be submitted to the Biology Graduate Office. This award is administered outside of the University of Waterloo, so a separate OGS application will be required for consideration. 

NSERC Doctoral deadline: October 9th at 8:00 p.m. (EST)

NOTE: Students have until Friday, September 22, 2017 at 3:00p.m. to assign the transcript designate.

Applications should submitted online. A hardcopy with supporting documentation is not required to be submitted to the Biology Graduate Office.

Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship Master's (CGS-M) deadline: December 1st at 8:00 p.m. (ET)

NOTE: The deadline for applicants to submit a Waterloo transcript request is Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Applications should submitted online. A hardcopy with supporting documentation is not required to be submitted to the Biology Graduate Office.

OGS and QEII-GSST deadline: October 4th for international students; February 9th (extended from February 1st) for Canadian citizens/Permanent Residents

NOTE: The deadline to order transcripts is October 4, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. for international students and January 15, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. for domestic students.

Applications must be submitted by the appropriate deadline. We request that students submit both a hard-copy and electronic version of the application to the Biology Graduate Office.

When ordered through the Graduate Studies website, there is no fee charged for University of Waterloo transcripts required for scholarship competitions administered by Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA). Please ensure that any course INC's are resolved before ordering transcripts.

NSERC scholarships

Please see the NSERC website for complete eligibility conditions and application procedures. A brief summary is provided below:

  • Applicants must have obtained a first-class average (A- or 80%) in EACH of the last two completed years of study. Any exceptions to this requirement must be accompanied by supporting documentation that justifies the submission.
  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada (as of the deadline date of the application).
  • Applicants must have a degree in Science or Engineering from a university whose standing is acceptable to NSERC at the time the award is held.

NSERC Hints and tips (PDF)

OGS / QEII-GSST scholarships

Please see the OGS / QEII-GSST website for complete eligibility conditions and application procedures. A brief summary is provided below:

  • Applicants entering the first or second year of graduate studies at the time of application must have an overall average of at least A- (80%), or the equivalent, on the last 20 one-term/semester courses completed.
  • Applicants entering the third year or beyond of graduate studies at the time of application must have an overall average of at least A-, or the equivalent, on all graduate courses completed.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full time in an approved graduate program at the time the award is held.
  • Applicants can be International Students. 

University of Waterloo President's Graduate scholarships

  • The President's Graduate scholarship valued at up to $10,000 per year (in addition to the Tri-Council Scholarship or OGS)
  • $5,000 ($1,666 per term) will be paid by the University as a scholarship
  • $5,000 will be paid by the department as a Teaching Assistantship (TA), Research Assistantship (RA) or a combination of both. In Biology it is paid as a teaching assistantship. Note that if you decline the TA, you are declining the funding.
  • The President's Graduate Scholarship is provided in each year the eligible scholarship is held while the recipient is registered in a Master's or PhD program at the University of Waterloo.

For information on any of the above awards, please contact:

April Wettig
Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Studies
Office: Biology 1-274A
Telephone: 519-888-4567 ext. 36392