Graduate Student Parental Leave Bursary

Award type: 
Financial need awards/bursaries
Award description: 

Limited funding for up to eight months (two terms) is available to eligible students who take a parental leave (includes adoption). The goal of this bursary is intended to maintain a student’s income at about 95% of the average level of income received during the three previous academic terms, net tuition, with a maximum value of $5,000 for the first term and $3,000 for the second term.

Value description: 

The maximum value of the bursary is $5,000 for the first term and $3,000 for the second term.

Eligibility & selection criteria: 

To be eligible for a Graduate Student Parental Leave Bursary, a student must:

  • be a full or part-time graduate student (with no outstanding fees) who has been registered for at least one academic term prior to the start of the leave
  • be receiving financial support (ie. TA, RA, scholarship, bursary, awards)
  • be taking a parental leave

Recipients are restricted from employment (in any capacity) within the University of Waterloo during the term(s) of their bursary.

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

A completed application form, should be submitted to Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, normally two months prior to the start of the leave.

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