Learn more about applying to Waterloo graduate studies with a sponsorship, or through a formal agreement.

You may also wish to review our list of international agreements and sponsorships.

Applying with a Sponsorship

Before you apply

  • Personal letters of sponsorship, such as those from family members and banks, are not required.

Applying to Waterloo

  1. Within the Other Information section of the OUAC online application, under International Agreements, choose your sponsorship agreement from the drop down menu.
  2. If your scholarship agreement is not among those listed, choose “Other scholarship” from the drop down menu.
  3. Some agreements provide a preliminary sponsorship or scholarship letter, if applicable, email a pdf copy to Graduate Studies at gradadmissions@uwaterloo.ca. Remember to include your full name and your 8 digit (numerical only) Waterloo ID number.
  4. If you are applying with a sponsorship that includes funding for English language studies, conditional admission may be offered. Learn more about sponsorship's with English Language Training.


  • The sponsorship documentation must detail the approved program, financial support amount and the number of years the funding has been granted (a minimum two years for a master’s research program and a minimum of four years for a PhD program).
  • Please refer to Arranging your fees with a third-party sponsorship on the Finance website for the information required in the official sponsorship documentation. If there is any change in your funding situation, the University of Waterloo may re-evaluate your Offer of Admission, and reserves the right to withdraw your Offer of Admission or withdraw you from your graduate program.