The University of Waterloo is awarding Entrepreneurial PhD Fellowships to support outstanding, business-minded Waterloo doctoral students interested in commercializing their research. 

Up to ten successful fellowship applicants will be enrolled in the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) part-time program at the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business. Fellowship recipients can complete the three-year part-time program alongside their regular doctoral studies, tuition-free! Normally, domestic tuition for the program would total almost $35,000. 

MBET is designed to develop students’ entrepreneurial business skills and to anchor learning in students’ own planned and evolving ventures. 

The Entrepreneurial Ph.D. Fellowships are competitive and open to students who will have completed at least one year of doctoral study by August 31st. Students who want to learn more about MBET and the application process can review materials on the Entrepreneurial PhD Fellowship website. 

“This exciting initiative keeps Waterloo at the forefront of entrepreneurship education and program innovation,” says Vivek Goel, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo. “As traditional academic career paths continue to evolve, these fellowships will support our talented Ph.D. students with creating research-based ventures that solve meaningful problems – bringing new technologies and solutions to market and driving economic growth.” 

Vivek Goel, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo

Conrad School students in a brainstorming session

The three-year part-time MBET program is delivered on Friday evenings and Saturdays approximately every three weeks for ten months a year. It is designed for those who work full-time and is therefore compatible with full-time doctoral studies for the right motivated students. The support of applicants’ advisors is a requirement for consideration. 

Completed applications are due July 18, 2024. Successful applicants will begin their part-time MBET studies in September 2024.