A limited number of awards are available each academic term to support doctoral students who are within the last two terms of program completion (term of award plus one additional term). These awards are made possible with funds provided by the Vice-President, Academic and Provost, and Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA). The intention is to assist highly qualified, full-time doctoral students to complete their thesis writing and defence.
Waterloo reserves one Doctoral Thesis Completion Award (DTCA) for Indigenous* applicants each term (total of three per year).
*For the purpose of this award, an Indigenous person is one who is a citizen or member of a First Nations community (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit as defined in the Canadian Constitution Act 1982. To protect the integrity of Indigenous graduate students eligible for specific funding, those identifying as Indigenous must be verified by the Office of Indigenous Relations at the University of Waterloo through the Indigenous verification process.
For full eligibility and selection criteria, please visit our Doctoral Thesis Completion Award web page.
Visit our Doctoral Thesis Completion Award web page to find a copy of the application form.