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.
Transcript request deadline
Department deadlineStudents must submit to the Department
GSO/Agency deadlineStudents 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||
|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. 4Part 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 - 5Part B: Feb. 8 - March 15
|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:
2017 Alumni Gold Medals
Posting date: July 7, 2017
Submission deadline: August 25, 2017
For more information email the English Graduate Coordinator.
The Office of Alumni Affairs recognizes top graduating students for academic achievement, by awarding the Alumni Gold Medal. These medals will be presented to a master's and a doctoral student to recognize their academic excellence at this coming Fall 2017 convocation.
- Must have graduated in Spring 2017 or be graduating in Fall 2017
- Minimum average of 80%
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2017 Call for Entries
Posting date: June 19, 2016
Submission deadline: August 31, 2017
For more information, visit the Aesthetica Creative Writing.
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2017 is open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world.
Now in its 11th year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts, including Arifa Akbar, book reviewer for Monocle Radio and BBC Radio 5 Live and former Literary Editor at The Independent.
- £1,000 prize money Poetry Winner
- £1,000 prize money Short Fiction Winner
- Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology for 60 shortlisted writers
- Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
- Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
- Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
- One year subscription to Granta
Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published elsewhere are accepted.
Fall 2017 Rhodes Scholarship for Canada
Posting date: June 5, 2017
Submission deadline: 9:00am August 31, 2017
For more information, visit the Rhodes Scholarship link.
· Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada
· By October 1st, 2018, the applicant must be between the ages of 19 and 25
· Student must have received their undergraduate degree prior to holding the Rhodes scholarship
· Must have extensive accomplishments – see website above for examples of contributions from past Rhodes applicants
CARL Scholarship for OpenCon 2017
Posting date: July 18, 2017
Closing date: September 1, 2017
Since 2014, SPARC’s OpenCon conferences have been providing a unique venue for the next generation of researchers to meet and discuss opportunities around open access, open data, and open educational resources (OER).
Continuing our longstanding support for open access to scholarly work, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) will sponsor one travel scholarship to support a graduate student or early career researcher from a CARL institution to attend the SPARC OpenCon 2017 event, November 11-13 in Berlin, Germany. In return, the successful individual will be asked to produce a very short (800-1,000 word) report on what they learned, with some focus placed on how we can better support open access here in Canada. Some of this content may be used by CARL on our web site and/or on materials produced in association with Open Access Week.
The scholarship covers registration costs, air travel and shared accommodation. Applications are being accepted until September 1 (please note that all applications received by August 1 will also be considered for general OpenCon scholarships).
More information: http://www.carl-abrc.ca/news/OpenCon-2017-scholarship
If you have any questions, please contact Lise Brin at email@example.com
IODE Canada War Memorial PHD Scholarship
Posting Date: June 26, 2017
Closing Date: October 1, 2017
3 IODE War Memorial PHD scholarships,valued at $20,000 each for a student in at least their 2nd PHD program year .
The Letter of intent , due October 1st , 2017 indicating an interest in application and the scholarship application to include supporting documentation ( due November 1, 2017 ) and all other information is on IODE Canada.
The graduate student applying for this scholarship will be part of a selection process of candidates from across Canada .
All applications and supporting documents are initially submitted to IODE Canada , either on line , or by mail.
The Selection committee ,Provincially and Nationally are comprised of IODE members and University professors.. The selected winners are chosen and informed after the National Selection committee meets to review the applicants forwarded from the Provincial chapters, usually in February.
The public announcement of the War Memorial Scholarship winners will be made at the time of the IODE Canada Annual meeting in May 2018.
Please visit the IODE Canada web site for historical and background references to these prestigious scholarships with established funds in trust provided by IODE members following the 1st and 2nd World Wars in memory of veterans and their families ,along with many donations over the years.
The Literary Encyclopedia Research Travel Awards 2017
Posting Date: March 29, 2017
Closing Date: October 31, 2017
The Literary Encyclopedia Scholarship Fund has been established through the donation of royalties by contributors and editors to the Encyclopedia.
In 2017 the Literary Encyclopedia Scholarship Fund will award two or three (depending on the number and strength of proposals received) travel bursaries worth £500 each to assist emerging scholars in defraying the costs of archival research on a literary or related matter. Conference attendance will not be covered.
Applicants must be either contributors to The Literary Encyclopedia or carrying out doctoral research in an institution which subscribes to The Literary Encyclopedia and should normally be under the age of 35 on 1st January 2017 or within ten years of completing their doctorate.
The research travel must be completed before September 30th 2017 and recipients will be expected to provide formal reports on their work by October 31st 2017.
Applicants should please download and complete the application form attached HERE, and email it to The Managing Editor no later than 28th February 2017. We hope to announce decisions by the end of April 2017.
You can read about the winning candidates and research proposals from previous years HERE.