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.
|Scholarships||Transcript request deadline||
Application/Department deadlineStudents must submit to the Department
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)
|SSHRC Doctoral||Friday, October 5, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. (EST)||Department deadline: Friday, October 19, 2018|
|CGS-M (Tri-Council MA)||Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Check GSPA deadlines.||None. Check recent changes.|
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- 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:
Focus! Climate Change Short Form Video and Digital Media Competition
Open to all students at all levels studying at a post-secondary institution in Canada, the contest invites students to use their imagination and video-making skills, to make a short film about climate change. Full details are available on our website. Fantastic prizes can be won ($7,500 for 1st prize, $5,000 for 2nd prize) as well as a trip to the public screening of the winning films. We hope some of your students might be inspired to enter.
Deadline for video entries is 4:30 pm PST March 4, 2019.
Hugh C. Morris Experiential Fellowship
The Hugh C. Morris Experiential Fellowship is designed to commemorate the life work and contributions to the fields of Geosciences, Climate Change, and Mathematics in Canada by Dr. Hugh C. Morris. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Chair of the Canadian Global Change Program and Recipient of the J. Willis Ambrose Gold Medal for leadership by the Geological Association of Canada, to name just a few of his many achievements. This Fellowship, valued at $40,000 Cdn, is open to any graduate student studying in Canada who is working in a field related to earth, geosciences, environment, energy, water, climate change, social impact or design sciences related to these areas, and is designed to provide a unique experiential travel program designed by the student. Learn about the fellowship journeys already supported and currently unfolding for existing fellows Neil Fernandes (Queen's University), Theron Finley (University of Alberta), and Kaj Sullivan (Queen's University). Full details can be found at the Kimberley Foundation. Application forms are available on our website.
Deadline for receipt of online applications is 4:30 pm PST on January 14, 2019.
Henry Mandelbaum Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Social Sciences, Humanities, or Arts
OCUFA accepts applications for one fellowship for students at the Masters’ level with an award of $2500, and one fellowship at the Doctoral level with a value of $5000. The doctoral level recipient will be expected to deliver a short talk to OCUFA’s Board of Directors’ meeting in May of the year following the award.
Deadline for the application is March 1, 2019. To apply check awards.ocufa.on.ca
Dalton Camp Award
For fifteen years now, FRIENDS has sponsored the Dalton Camp Award, an essay competition honouring the memory of a great Canadian journalist and political actor who, among his many achievements, was one of FRIENDS' founders in 1985
The winner will receive a $10,000 prize for excellence in creative, original essay-writing on the link between democracy and the media in Canada. A discretionary second prize of $2,500 may be awarded for the best essay submitted by a post-secondary student or recent graduate. Post-secondary students are eligible for both the main prize and the discretionary prize.
Deadline for entries is December 1, 2018.
The official rules, past winning essays, a video biography on Dalton Camp, and other details about the Award are available from the Dalton Camp Award website: www.daltoncampaward.ca
Davis Memorial Scholarship in Ecology
The Davis Memorial Scholarship in Ecology was established in memory of Robert M. and Doreen M. Davis and will be awarded annually to outstanding graduate students at the University of Waterloo in the field of ecology.
For the 2018/2019 competition, 4 awards valued at $5,000 each (split across fall and winter terms) will be awarded.
To be eligible for the award applicants must:
- be registered full-time as a University of Waterloo graduate student
- be registered in any area of Ecology, in the broadest terms
- have obtained a first class average (80%) over the last two completed years of study
Completed application must be submitted to the department for ranking purposes (by October 15, 2018) before being forwarded to GSPA.
The Davis Memorial Scholarship in Ecology application can be found at: https://uwaterloo.ca/forms/graduate-studies . The application is a fillable PDF and should be completed electronically.
Applications must be accompanied by:
- two letters of reference
- unofficial post-secondary institution transcripts
- a one page research proposal
- a current C.V.
Graduate Student Medical Leave Award
Effective January 1, 2018 eligible research-based master’s and doctoral students who must go inactive for medical reasons (e.g., physical or mental health) may be eligible to receive a Graduate Student Medical Leave Award, valued at a maximum of $5,000.
Students must have been registered full time for at least one academic term and have been in receipt of a financial package from their Department/School in the term immediately prior to going inactive for medical reasons. Eligible students who provide medical documentation (e.g., official medical documentation completed by a health care practitioner) to AccessAbility Services, to support their request for going inactive due to medical reasons, will be automatically considered for this award. Details regarding the process for submitting medical documentation to AccessAbility Services can be found on the AccessAbility website.
One-time award with a maximum value of $5,000 for eligible research-based master’s and PhD students who have been registered for at least one academic term prior to going inactive for medical reasons. The value will be automatically assigned without the need for a complete needs assessment.
Based upon the department funding details in the offer of admission, students registered in a research-based master’s program will receive up to 1/3 of their annual funding package value (including IMSA) to a maximum medical leave award of $5,000; doctoral students will automatically receive the medical leave award maximum of $5,000. University refund and government reporting regulations and the date of the accommodation may also affect the value of the award.
Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information.
The 2019 Mexican Government Scholarship Program for International Students
The 2019 Mexican Government Scholarship Program for International Students is now accepting applications.
Canadian students and researchers interested in studying or conducting research in Mexico at the undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate level are invited to apply for one of the 27 scholarships offered to Canada. The deadline to apply is September 28, 2018.
International Experience Awards
Several international experience award funds are available to University of Waterloo graduate students who participate in: an academic exchange, a study term related to their research or an academic requirement, work, or volunteer experience. Award selection is based on a variety of factors such as academic achievement, financial need, length, location and nature of experience, etc. For some awards, preference will be given to students who will be travelling to an unfamiliar country where they will experience a different culture in a new learning environment. The following brief descriptions of the International Experience Awards, however for full award descriptions, eligibility and selection criteria, and application details visit the Graduate funding and awards database:
David Johnston International Experience Awards – open to Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents or international students, min. 75% graduate average required, for travel anywhere however several specific awards fall under this broader award, including one for travel to Israel (see Lebovic) and another for travel to developing countries (see McCall MacBain).
UW International Experience Awards – open only to Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents and residents of Ontario, must have demonstrated financial need, for travel anywhere.
UW Student Mobility Funding Program – for travel anywhere, with preference given to students with financial need. Several awards fall under this broader award which have specific eligibility requirements (see UW International Travel Award, Hume , Johnson, Kerr and LeDrew.)
The value and number of awards vary.
General Eligibility and Selection Criteria:
- These awards are intended to provide support for upcoming international experiences, not past experiences while you are a graduate student. (Students should apply as soon as they are able to confirm details of their intended experience by one of the deadlines below).
- Travel duration:
- Full-term Experience (UW Student Mobility Funding Program)
- Minimum of 8 weeks (David Johnston International Experience Awards)
- Minimum of 8 weeks, however travel lasting at least 4 weeks may be considered and awarded at a reduced value (UW International Experience Award)
- Students must be full‐time and in good academic standing in order to be considered. Some awards require a specific level of academic achievement.
- Some of these awards are based fully or partially on financial need.
- Funding is generally limited to one award per student in a given year due to the large number of applications received.
Apply by completing the Graduate Student International Experience Award application found on the GSPA forms web page. This general application will be used to consider you for any of the international experience awards that you may be eligible for. Submit the completed application and all required supporting documentation (as outlined on the application checklist) on or before the deadline to email@example.com or to Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, 2nd floor, Needles Hall. Award selection takes place each term. Please apply by the deadline for the term in which you will be travelling:
Spring (May-August) term travel – March 15
Fall (Sept-Dec) term travel – July 15
Winter (Jan-Apr) term travel – November 15
GSPA will communicate with applicants within approximately three weeks of the award deadline.
The 2019 Rhodes Scholarship competition
The 2019 Rhodes Scholarship competition for Canada (to be held at Oxford, UK) has just been launched!
- Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- By October 1st, 2019, the applicant must be between the ages of 19 and 25
- Student must have at least received their undergraduate degree prior to holding the Rhodes scholarship
- Students should have a minimum first class honours (equivalent to A-)
- Must have extensive accomplishments – see website above for examples of contributions from past Rhodes applicants
*Note: Students who have completed or will be completing a master’s degree are also eligible to apply for the Rhodes for a second master’s degree or doctoral degree, providing they still meet all other eligibility requirements, including the age limit.
Firm deadline of 9:00 a.m. EST on August 31, 2018 by which application materials (outlined on website) and 6 letters of assessment must be emailed to Heidi Mussar, Assistant Director, Graduate Financial Aid and Awards.
For full scholarship details please visit 2019 Rhodes Scholarship competition website.