Funding for Domestic Doctoral Students


Minimum funding

All full-time doctoral students in good academic standing are guaranteed a set amount per year. This amount is provided through a variety of sources including Waterloo awards, employment, and external awards. Effective May 1, 2023, the minimum funding for doctoral students in good academic standing is $25,000 per year. More information about minimum funding is listed on the GSPA website.

2022 Dean's Doctoral Initiative

The Faculty has 10 funded doctoral opportunities for domestic students, that guarantee a funding offer of $101,004 ($25,000 , $25,000, $25,500, and $26,000) over four years. 

In addition, to attract top applicants:

  • 10 Entrance Awards, worth $5,000 will be awarded to up to 10 PhD students, based on eligibility and merit, who apply to one of our doctoral programs by February 1, 2023 (paid in two instalments in the first year). 
  • Travel support to present at an approved academic conference (valued at $1,500)
  • In some cases, research supervisors will provide additional funding.

Eligibility: Open to Canadian citizens (living in or outside of Canada) or Permanent Residents of Canada who apply before February 1, 2023. Must be enrolled in a doctoral program full-time (Geography, Sustainability Management, Planning, Social and Ecological Sustainability).

Waterloo awards and scholarships

The University of Waterloo has over 100 awards and funding opportunities for students in the Faculty of Environment. Some awards require an application, while others are awarded through Faculty/Department selection. The full database of awards and scholarships can be found on the GSPA website.

Notable awards that you may be eligible for include:

External funding

External awards are offered by federal and provincial agencies, foundations or private companies. Full details about external funding are available here.

If you are successful in being awarded an eligible scholarship (including CIHR CGS-D, NSERC CGS-D, and others) Waterloo is pleased to provide you the President’s Graduate Scholarship (PGS). Full details on the PGS are available here.

Other useful links

Questions regarding funding can be directed to:

Peter Deadman
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies
EV3-4227 ext. 43111