Waterloo Engineering offers competitive funding for our graduate students. Financial support is available from many sources, including: graduate research studentships from supervisors’ grants, teaching assistantships, internal awards, federal and provincial government scholarships, institutional scholarships, bursaries, and loans provided by the government of Ontario.
On average, in 2017/18 Faculty of Engineering students received the following funding:
- Master of Applied Science (MASc) $28,000+
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) $37,000
100 new awards and fellowships
In spring 2018, we began offering additional fellowships for Canadian and Permanent Resident students entering Engineering Research Programs. The funding initiative includes PhD Fellowships valued at up to $160,000 over 4 years and MASc Fellowships valued at up to $50,000 over 2 years.
There is also a Dean's Entrance award for all top students!
Students with a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) award will get a President's Graduate Scholarship (PGS) top-up of $10,000+ each year.
Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) Momentum Fellowships **NEW**
PhD Fellowships valued at $25,000 per year (plus an additional $5,000 from the supervisor) will be awarded to eligible incoming black and indigenous* graduate students registered full time in a Faculty of Engineering PhD program at the University of Waterloo.
- Canadian Citizens or permanent residents of Canada who self-identify as being Indigenous* or Black
- Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements (normally a cumulative average of 80%) for their chosen Faculty of Engineering PhD program
- Must be admitted into the PhD program in Spring 2021 or later;
- Students transferring from an eligible, incomplete Master’s program to a PhD may also be considered for the Fellowship
- Interested applicants must apply by completing an application form found below.
- The Engineering Graduate Awards Committee (EGSAC), chaired by the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Engineering, will select recipients on the basis of information provided in their award application, graduate program application and (for PhD3-tsfr only) any relevant transfer-related paperwork.
*For the purposes of this Fellowship, an Indigenous person is a person who self-identifies as First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit as defined in the Canadian Constitution Act 1982.
Students interested in applying for this fellowship must complete a written application and have a completed application for admission by February 1. A selection committee will review the applications and select recipients in March.
Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) Fellowships
WIN Nanofellowships are awarded to graduate students pursuing nanotechnology research at the University of Waterloo. These fellowships are valued at $10,000 CAD each and are awarded to top Canadian and International graduate students at the University of Waterloo. The fellowship funding is a supplement to the Research Studentship support provided by the supervising faculty member. Nanofellowships can be held simultaneously with other graduate awards. The application deadline to be considered for this Fellowship is Feb. 1st.
The Vector Scholarships in Artificial Intelligence are externally adjudicated, merit-based awards for new incoming students pursuing AI-related studies in master’s programs recognized by the Vector Institute or who are following an individualized study path that is demonstrably AI-focused in Ontario, Canada. Awards are valued at $17,500 for 1 year. Eligibility criteria can be reviewed here.
Students interested in applying for this scholarship must complete a written application by March 15.
Faculty of Engineering financial support
Graduate Research Studentships
Highly qualified full time thesis students, both at the MASc and PhD levels, will receive graduate research studentships (GRS) from their supervisors. Effective May 1, the minimum value of a GRS is $18,000/year for 2 years (6 terms) for the MASc program and $24,055/year for 4 years (12 terms) for the PhD program. All funding is contingent on continued academic progression and success.
A graduate student in the MASc or the PhD program could be assigned one or more teaching assistantship (TA) tasks each year. Each TA task involves an average of 10 hours per week for one term. Please refer to compensation rates on Finance's website.
Faculty of Engineering Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded by the Faculty of Engineering in recognition of special achievements of graduate students. They are normally offered on a term by term basis, at an average value of $1,000/award (additional to income from other sources).
Government agency fellowships and awards
Federal Tri-Council Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to top domestic (Canadian and permanent resident) students. The value of these awards range from $17,500/year to $35,000/year. For more information on these awards, visit the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs external awards web page.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) is a merit-based scholarship and is available to MASc and PhD students in all disciplines of academic study. The value of an OGS for one year is $5,000 per term; therefore, students can receive $10,000 (split over 2 terms) or $15,000 (split over 3 terms).
Students must apply for the OGS at the institution where they want to hold it. For more information and how to apply, visit the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs office Ontario Graduate Scholarship web page.
Loans, bursaries, and other assistance programs
Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
OSAP provides various types of assistance based on financial need to eligible students. Assistance is intended to supplement, not to replace, the resources of students and their families.
University of Waterloo Bursaries and Assistance
Waterloo provides a variety of bursaries for students who find themselves in financial need, including Graduate Birth and Parental Leave, Research Travel Assistantship, and Day Care Bursaries. For additional bursaries, emergency loans, and graduate scholarship resources please visit the Graduate Studies Office financial need funding webpage or the database web page.
University of Waterloo awards
The University’s central Graduate Studies Office provides information about scholarships and financial aid, and maintains a searchable database of awards for which you may be eligible. To find out more, talk to the funding specialists in the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs office or to your department’s scholarship coordinator.
Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that works with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments to build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada. To explore funding options through the Mitacs Accelerate program visit their website and the University of Waterloo Office of Research.