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 and Postodoctoral Affairs (GSPA) 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.

Scholarships Transcript request deadline

Application/Department deadline

Students must submit to the Department
Information Sessions
CIHR Doctoral      
NSERC Doctoral

Monday, September 24, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Application deadline to submit through the NSERC portal:

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. (EST)

  • The NERSC doctoral workshop slides are available in the Helpful Resources section of the web page, here.
SSHRC Doctoral Friday, October 5, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. (EST) Department deadline: Friday, October 19, 2018
  • The SSHRC Doctoral Workshop slides are available in the Helpful Resources section of the web page, here.
CGS-M (Tri-Council MA) Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Check GSPA deadlines. None. Check recent changes.
Trudeau Doctoral   Friday, January 18, 2019 (9:00 a.m. EST)
OGS category 1    
OGS category 2    
OGS category 3    
OGS category 4    
  • 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: