Awards and funding


International student funding

At University of Waterloo we have a variety of great funding opportunities available to our international students.

Financial need funding

We offer many funding opportunities to graduate students who demonstrate financial need.

Term Activity Report (FOE) Awards

The ECE Department awards students who demonstrate exceptional merit (academic excellence, research excellence, outreach activities etc.) in the previous term with a Faculty of Engineering (FoE) Award. The awards are determined by the ECE Graduate Studies Committee, which meets once a term to evaluate the previous term. The minimum eligibility requirements for this award are as follows:

  • Must be a full-time active student within your program time limits in the previous term, i.e., the term being evaluated.
  • Must have at least 80% overall average.
  • Must have submitted a Term Activity Report (TAR) for the previous term with a satisfactory evaluation.
  • Strong preference will be given to students whose supervisor has nominated them in their TAR and those who respond in writing to the nomination inside their TAR
  • Must have correctly completed the TAR with the relevant information in the appropriate sections.
  • Max. 2 awards within a MASc program.
  • Max. 4 awards within a PhD program.
  • cannot have any incomplete (INC) or did not write (DNW) grades.
  • cannot have probationary status.

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee you an award but rather gets you on a list of eligible recipients from which the awardees are selected.

Part-time students are not eligible for any awards, scholarships or OSAP and must be self-funded.

Additional information

For more awards and funding opportunities, visit the current students section of the graduate studies and postdoctoral affairs site.

Questions about graduate awards can be direct to the ECE Graduate Funding Coordinator