The Earth & Environmental Sciences Department provides a guaranteed minimum amount of financial support each year to all of our graduate students in the MSc or PhD thesis option and within their program time limits.  Funding is offered through various sources, such as Graduate Research Studentships (GRS), Teaching Assistantships (TA) and awards.

Student status

M.Sc. Program*

Ph.D. Program

Domestic student



International student


$23,538 (+IDSA if eligible)

*Thesis option only; there is no guaranteed amount for the ‘research paper’ option

Tri-council funding: NSERC.

Ontario Graduate Scholarships. OGS.

Below, you will find links to the different research groups, where you will be able to examine any potential openings for GRSs. If there is an area of research which you are interested in, but do not see listed below, please contact on of the faculty members regarding possibilities.

Additional funding

In addition to funding from research and teacher assistantships, a variety of other scholarships are available for funding. You can find more information on the Waterloo graduate website or from the Graduate Studies office awards database.

For details on the application process, carefully follow the instructions on the Graduate Studies Office online application webpage.  Tuition costs are listed on the Finance office website.

Study and Living Costs

The costs associated with study and living can be subject to change on an annual basis by the University of Waterloo. Tuition and fees are based on a four month term.

The graduate fee schedule is available from the University of Waterloo Student Finance Office.

The Graduate Studies Office has compiled estimates of living costs to assist students in budgeting for graduate studies. Individual costs will vary but we recommend prospective students review this information when planning their future studies.

All of our financial support packages are contingent upon students maintaining continuous full-time registration in the program, meeting academic requirements in a timely manner, and fulfilling teaching and/or research assistantship duties satisfactorily.