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David Johnston International Experience Awards

Award type: 
International experience awards
Award description: 

Several awards will be provided annually to full-time undergraduate and graduate students in any Faculty who wish to participate in an international experience, including a minimally-paid or volunteer international co-op work placement, a volunteer placement, an academic exchange or a study/research term related to academic requirements.  Awards are valued at $2,500 - $10,000 and will be given on the basis of academic achievement and the location and duration of the international experience.  Students in any Faculty, in good academic standing (normally a minimum 70% average at the undergraduate level; normally a minimum 75% average at the graduate level), who are planning to participate in an international experience are eligible to apply.  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.  Award selection will take place once per semester.  Students should apply as soon as they are able to confirm the details of their intended experience by one of the following deadlines:  July 15, November 15, or March 15.  These awards were established through the generous support of donors in honour of former Waterloo President David Johnston as a lasting tribute to his 11-year service to this university and in recognition of his passion for international opportunities for students.

Value description: 

The value of the award will be based on the type of experience and/or the costs and length of the experience. Varies from $2,500 to $10,000.

Eligibility & selection criteria: 

In addition to this award for travel anywhere, there are several awards which fall under this award category, including awards specifically for travel to Israel (see Lebovic) or to developing countries (see McCall MacBain).

The international experience must normally be for a minimum 8 weeks to be considered.

Masters, Doctoral
Open to any program
Canadian/Permanent resident, International/study permit student
Selection process: 
Application required
Winter, Spring, Fall
Application details:
  • International Graduate Experience Award application:
    • In the term prior to your travel, complete the International Graduate Experience Award application
    • Attach required documentation (as per the application form)
    • Submit your complete application package to Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) by the appropriate term deadline below
Additional instructions: 

For deadlines and information including eligibility, review the Graduate Student International Experience Award application web page. 

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