The major competitive external scholarships administered at the University of Waterloo are awarded based on academic merit, leadership, communication and research potential.
- These scholarship competitions occur annually.
- You may need to apply for these external scholarships prior to submitting your application to graduate studies.
Further details on the types of major external scholarships offered and their application processes can be found on the Graduate Studies external awards web page.
Self-funded full-time doctoral studies
Pursuing self-funded, full-time doctoral studies is available only on an exceptional basis, and must be approved by the academic unit and Faculty of intended doctoral studies.
The Tri-Agencies provide scholarships to high-caliber students who are engaged in eligible Master’s or Doctoral programs. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies in their chosen fields.
Tri-Agency support includes the following master's and doctoral awards:
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)/Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science & Technology (QEII-GSST)
The OGS/QEII-GSST scholarships provide merit-based funding to Ontario’s competitive graduate students in all disciplines of academic study.
Learn more about the OGS/QEII-GSST scholarships on the Graduate Studies OGS/QEII-GSST web page.
External awards resources
There are a variety of agencies that offer searchable databases for graduate awards. Visit the external resources section of the Graduate Studies external awards web page for a listing of these agency websites.