Financial support and budgeting

Please note that participants in the exchange program remain eligible for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), OGS and SSHRC.

Below are some awards and bursaries you may qualify for.

Use our budget template.

Financial aid (awards, bursaries and grants)
Award Description Deadline
JR Coutts International Experience Awards

Several awards, valued at up to $2,500 each, are available each year to undergraduate students in any faculty who wish to participate in an international work or study experience and who are in good academic standing. Interested students should apply for the JR Coutts award using this form (pdf).

Please contact the Undergraduate Awards Co-ordinator if you have questions about this award.

March 15, July 15, November 15
Kavelman-Fonn Foundation International Experience Award

Several awards, valued at up to $2,500 - $10,000 each, are available each year to undergraduate students in any faculty who participate in an international volunteer experience, an international co-op work term providing little or no remuneration, or an international field placement required for degree completion, any of which are humanitarian in nature. Students must have a minimum overall cumulative average of 75%. Detailed eligibility criteria (pdf) and the application form.

March 1 (for Spring term),

July 8 (for Fall term),

November 2 (for Winter term)

DAAD - Scholarships and Grants

DAAD offers a wide range for funding opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, PhD and Postdocs, as well as for faculty & researchers.

DAAD - Grants for Research in Germany
(for faculty)

Grants available in all academic disciplines to spend one to three months conducting research at universities, libraries, archives, institutes or laboratories in Germany.

Applications are considered more than once a year. Please apply at least 5 months before your projected research stay in Germany and not much more than a year ahead. 

Interested applicants should contact Drew Knight.



*Applies only to those going to Mannheim

Contact Study Abroad Coordinator Waterloo International:

Provides pre-departure orientation and a free intensive language course which can be counted towards uWaterloo credits.

mid of January of each year

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Award winner

uWaterloo 50th Anniversary alumni award recipient

Roderick Coutts (BASc ''64, DEng '07)

Roderick Coutts

  • Roderick Coutts was among the first graduates of uWaterloo's electrical engineering program. In 2000, Coutts (BASc '64, DEng '07) gave back to the place that gave him his start, with a $7-million donation. The large gift enhanced uWaterloo scholarships and bursaries, improved the Centre for Learning and Teaching Through Technology, and supported an expansion to the university's engineering lecture building, renamed the J.R. Coutts Engineering Lecture Hall in his honour.
  • "The basic reason for our gift to Waterloo is that my family has had a lot of good fortune over the years and the University of Waterloo had a lot to do with that," Coutts said at the time. "This is my chance to give something back."
  • Coutts co-founded Teklogix in 1967. It was a home-based business that became a global provider of real-time data collection and communications systems for industrial users. The company was sold in 2000 to Psion PLC, Europe's largest maker of hand-held computers.
  • Coutts has also supported many uWaterloo students and graduates within his company. As part of his generous gift in 2002, an endowment fund of $750,000 was established to help students who want to work and study abroad.
  • "I have witnessed his generosity and support for many causes," says Psion Teklogix Inc. colleague Daniel Meringer. "I know he has a special fondness for uWaterloo and has shown it on many occasions."

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