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). Applicants may self-identify as Indigenous on the DTCA application form. For the purposes of the scholarship, an Indigenous person is one who self-identifies as First Nations (Status/Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit. To protect the integrity of Indigenous candidates, applicants are required to provide documentation confirming their Indigenous identity. This supporting documentation will be verified by the Indigenous Relations Office at the University of Waterloo. Examples of acceptable documentation include Status card, Band membership card, citizenship card issued by a Métis National Council governing member or the Manitoba Métis Foundation, land claim beneficiary card, a letter from an Indigenous organization or community, an affidavit in which the applicant self-identifies as Indigenous.
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.