External scholarships competitions

This page gives information on two types of awards:

  • Federal and provincial programs
  • Other external funding opportunities

For detailed information about scholarships, awards, and bursaries, please consult the Graduate Studies Office (GSO) Awards and Funding page.

See the External scholarship recipients page for a list of students who have received external scholarship funding.

Federal and provincial programs

Student submission deadlines are bolded below. It is the students' responsibility to keep track of their submission deadlines.

Please note: The Department cannot nominate students for the Trudeau and Vanier awards without applications. Please see application submission deadlines below.

Please note: Information and dates may be updated depending on further information from the tri-agency and resources available.


Transcript request deadline

Department deadline

Students must submit to the Department

GSO/Agency deadline

Students and referees must submit online

Department review period

Department must rank

Department ranking meeting Department to GSO submission deadline
CIHR Doctoral Sept. 22 NA Sept. 24 NA NA NA
NSERC Doctoral Sept. 25 NA Oct. 15

Oct. 19-30

Oct. 23

Oct. 30

SSHRC Doctoral Sept. 25 Oct. 22 NA Oct. 22 - Nov. 18 Nov. 13 Nov. 18
CGS-M (Tri-Council MA) Nov. 24 NA Dec. 1

Part A:     Dec. 2– 16

Part B:     Dec. 17 - 29


Part A: Feb. 4

Part B: Feb. 12
Trudeau Doctoral Nov. 16 NA Nov 22 NA NA NA
Vanier CGS Sept. 25 NA Sep. 30 Oct. 7-15 Oct. 9 Oct. 15
OGS category 1 Oct. 13 Oct. 16 NA Oct. 17 - Nov. 9 Nov. 9 Oct. 23
OGS category 2 Jan. 27 Feb. 1 NA

Part A: Feb. 2 - 5

Part B: Feb. 8 - March 15
TBD Mar. 16
OGS category 3 Department deadline: Feb 1st.  
OGS category 4 NA NA Feb. 1 Feb. 3 – 12 TBD Feb. 13
  • OGS category 1 = International undergraduate students applying for admission to a graduate program; International graduate students continuing in their program; International graduate students applying for admission to another graduate program at Waterloo; International students applying for a Vanier through Waterloo in the Fall 2014 term.
  • OGS category 2 = Graduate students continuing in their program who are ineligible to apply for a Tri-Agency award.
  • OGS category 3 = Current and future students applying to Tri-Agency award or CGS-M. Complete OGS form and submit to graduate coordinator. Complete the applicable sections of the Academic Assessment Report and forward it to referees to finish completing.
  • OGS category 4 = Students external to Waterloo, who did not apply for a Tri-Agency / CGS-M award and are applying for admission to a graduate program at Waterloo. No separate OGS application required.

Other external funding opportunities 

Please find below the most recent award funding, scholarships, and bursary opportunities sent to the English Department: 

Canadian Japanese Mennonite Scholarship

Posting date: February 14, 2017

Submission deadline: April 1, 2017

For more information, visit the website.

Arts HeForShe travel funds

Posting date: March 20, 2017

Submission deadline: April 14, 2017

The Arts HeForShe Travel Awards provide funds for students, staff and faculty to travel to access equity training and experience. The funds can cover travel advances for travel in the future or reimburse you for travel that was recently completed.

If you are a staff member, student, or faculty member in ARTS and there is an equity-related conference or training opportunity coming up over the spring/summer 2017 that you’d like to attend, you should apply. Or if you’ve recently completed travel or training related to equity, you should apply.

Successful applicants will be ensured a minimum of $250 in funding.

How to apply

  • Please send a brief (maximum 200 words) proposal  to Professor Jay Dolmage, HeForShe Arts faculty,  by April 14th, 2017.
  • Proposals should state how this activity relates to equity issues, and what your personal goals are for the activity.
  • ARTS HeForShe faculty and student representatives will adjudicate the proposals.
  • Awarded individuals are expected to work with administrative staff to properly file the paperwork required to access the funds.

If you are unsure whether an activity would qualify for this funding, just ask Jay Dolmage.

Hutchins Grant: for research in electronic assembly, electronics packaging, or a related field

Posting date: February 8, 2017

Submission deadline: April 17, 2017

For more information, visit the website.

The $5000 Hutchins grant, co-sponsored by SMTA and Circuits Assembly magazine, has been awarded annually since 1998 to a graduate-level student pursuing a degree and working on thesis research in electronic assembly, electronics packaging, or a related field. The grant is intended for the purchase of technical books and research materials, for participation in conferences related to electronics assembly and packaging, and for living expenses if necessary.

The Irene Adler Prize: A $1,000 Scholarship for Women Writers

Posting date: February 14, 2017

Submission deadline: April 30, 2017

For more information, visit the website.

A $1,000 U.S. scholarship for women pursuing degrees in journalism, creative writing, or literature in the U.S. and Canada. The Irene Adler Prize is an essay competition.

Canadian Poets and Short Story Writers: The Ross & Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writing

Posting date: November 18, 2016

Submission deadline: June 30, 2017

For more information, visit the Faith in Canada website.

The Autism Scholars Awards - 2016-2017

Please find attached the official memo for the Autism Scholars Award for the 2016 academic year.  Up to one award at the Master’s level valued at $18,000 and up to one award at the Doctoral level valued at $20,000 will be made during this competition.

Applications and further information may be downloaded from the Council of Ontario Universities website.

AGE-WELL Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Awards in Technology and Aging

AGE-WELL Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Awards in Technology and Aging provide partial funding to highly qualified master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral candidates and provide them with access to training and mentorship opportunities through the AGEWELL Network of Centres of Excellence. AGE-WELL aims to provide a unique training environment that exposes trainees to multi-disciplinary research environments and to its
industry and community partners. AGE-WELL is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining outstanding Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) in Canada.

AGE-WELL is a pan-Canadian network of industry, non-profit organizations, government, care providers, caregivers, end-users, and academic partners working together using high-quality research to drive innovation and create technologies and services that benefit older adults. Our vision is to harness and build upon the potential of emerging and advanced technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), ehealth, information communication technologies (ICTs), and mobile technologies to stimulate technological, social, and policy innovation.


In order to be considered for AGE-WELL Awards, funding applicants must:
1. Receive at least some financial support from additional sources: home
department, supervisor research grants, and/or through government and agency scholarships or awards.
2. Participate full-time in their respective programs.
3. Be engaged in academic study/research aligned with the mission and vision of AGE-WELL.

The Awards

Awards are intended to enhance existing funding support awarded to promising new scholars. Matching funds will be considered as part of the review of each applicant.

Awards are awarded in amounts up to the following maximums per academic year:
• $14,000 for Masters students (1 year award)
• $18,000 for PhD students (2 year award)
• $40,000 for Postdoctoral fellows (1 year award)

The HQP Advisory Committee reserves the right to award additional funding to extraordinary candidates. For program requirement and application information consult the PDF file for the age-well graduate awards.