Graduate Studies Parental Leave Bursary

Award type: 
Financial need awards/bursaries
Award description: 

The University of Waterloo will provide an eight-month birth and parental leave (includes adoption) bursary to eligible graduate students. The bursary, together with any other continuing support, is intended to maintain income at about 95% of the average level of income received by the student during the three previous academic terms, less tuition.

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 Studies 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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