Call for Applications 
Cybersecurity and Privacy Excellence Graduate Scholarship 

The mission of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (CPI) is to facilitate excellence in (collaborative) research in cybersecurity, privacy and cryptography.  In order to support our graduate students and reward their excellence, the CPI is pleased to launch the 2021 competition for the Cybersecurity and Privacy Excellence Graduate Scholarship. This scholarship supports recipients with $10,000 CAD for one academic year. The first instalment of the scholarship will be paid beginning in Fall 2021 and can be renewed up to three times for a PhD student and up to one time for a Master’s student in their current program. 

This year’s award is sponsored by Blackberry ( The scholarship selection criteria are based on excellence in all areas of cybersecurity or privacy, but we specifically encourage submissions in the area of security and privacy in software and cyber-physical systems. 

A) Eligibility & Selection Criteria 

  • Graduate students registered full time in any Faculty who are supervised or co-supervised by a faculty member affiliated with CPI 

  • Academic excellence, e.g., supported by cumulative average or publications 

  • Research focus in cybersecurity or privacy 

B) Application Process 

Interested students must submit an application package to Krista Hrin (, Operations Manager of the CPI, by July 8, 2021. An application package will consist of the following:  

  • a short CV (including a list of publications and awards) 

  • a description of their research area (1 page) 

  • a transcript of their current and/or most recently completed degree 

  • a short letter of support from their graduate supervisor  

The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

Selection will be made by a committee chaired by the Executive Director of the CPI in August, 2021. 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact N. Asokan (, Executive Director of the CPI.