Funding for Domestic Research Masters Students

Guaranteed funding

Incoming domestic research master's (thesis) students in the Faculty of Environment are guaranteed a funding offer of $15,000 over the course of their program. This applies to full-time incoming students in good academic standing. Many students receive more than the minimum funding.

2023 Funding packages for exceptional research masters students

Exceptional research masters students starting their studies in 2023 are eligible for the following funding packages.  

Academic Average of 85%+

  • Entrance award: $5,000 (split in Terms 1 and 2)
  • 3 TA positions (in terms 1,2, and 5) with a total value of approximately $23,400
  • In some cases, research supervisors will provide additional funding

The full package is worth approximately $28,400 across the two years of study. 

Academic Average between 80% and 84.5%

  • 3 TA positions (in terms 1,2, and 5) with a total value of approximately $23,400
  • In some cases, research supervisors will provide additional funding

The full package is worth approximately $23,400 across the two years of study.
 

Academic Average between 75% and 79.5%

  • 2 TA positions (Year 1) with a total value of approximately $15,600
  • In some cases, research supervisors will provide additional funding

The full package is worth approximately $15,600 across the two years of study.


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 research masters program full-time (Geography [thesis option], Sustainability Management, Planning [thesis option], Social and Ecological Sustainability [thesis option]). Academic average is calculated from your last two years of full-time study.  

Caivan Future Cities Graduate Scholarship

Eight scholarships valued at $5,000 each, will be awarded annually to graduate students who have applied for full-time admission to a Master's program in the Faculty of Environment and whose research addresses the challenges expected to be encountered by future cities.

Selection will be based on academic excellence (minimum cumulative average of 80% or equivalent). Preference will be given to students who demonstrate leadership and community engagement which will be assessed based on the student's application for admission to the program.

A selection committee within the Faculty of Environment will select recipients by March. This fund is made possible by donations from Caivan, representing an investment in the development of 32 future leaders, over the course of four years, rewarding those who achieve academic excellence, leadership and perseverance. 

Eligibility & selection criteria: 

  • Applicants who have applied for full-time admission to a Master's program in the Faculty of Environment. 
  • Selection to be based on scholastic excellence (minimum cumulative average of 80% or equivalent) and focus on cities. 
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate leadership and community engagement, to be assessed through the student's application for admission to the graduate program.
  • Recipients will normally be selected by March 1. 
  • Selection will be made through the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Environment office based on recommendation from a committee consisting of the Associate Dean Graduate Studies, Faculty of Environment, the Caivan  Future Cities Professor, and an additional appropriate faculty member appointed by the Associate Dean.

Program:

Research Masters programs in Environment, Enterprise & Development (SEED), Environment, Resources & Sustainability (SERS), Geography & Environmental Mgmt (GEM), and, Planning

Citizenship: 

Canadian/Permanent resident, International/study permit student

Term: 

Spring

Contact person:

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
pjdeadma@uwaterloo.ca