International Doctoral Student Award (IDSA)

Award type: 
Scholarships
Award description: 

An International Doctoral Student Award (IDSA) will be provided automatically to eligible students who are registered full time in a doctoral program at the University of Waterloo. The award value and duration varies depending on: the number of terms the student has been enrolled in a program; whether or not they were admitted from a Master’s degree, a Bachelor’s degree or transferred from a Master’s to a PhD; and the number of terms in which the student has previously received the award.

Value description: 

The award value and duration varies depending on: the number of terms the student has been enrolled in a program; whether or not they were admitted from a Master’s degree, a Bachelor’s degree or transferred from a Master’s to a PhD; and the number of terms in which the student has previously received the award.

  • Full-time international students enrolled in a doctoral degree program who qualify for the IDSA will receive an award valued at $14,160 each year ($4,720* per term) to the end of the third year of the doctoral program, term 9.0. In year 4 (terms 10.0 to 12.0), the qualified student will receive an IDSA4 funded as follows: 2/3 from the University/Faculty in the amount of $3,147* per term as an award, and 1/3 from the department/supervisor in the amount of $1,573* per term as an award. The value is approximate to the difference in tuition between full-time domestic PhD and international PhD students.
  • All eligible students who transferred from a master's program to a doctoral program in term 4.0 will receive an IDSA valued at $4,720* from terms 4.0 to 12.0.
    • Students who were admitted into a program prior to Spring 2019 and transferred from a master’s to a doctoral program will receive an extension of the IDSA at the IMSA value of $2,360 from terms 13.0 to 15.0.
    • Students who were admitted into a program effective Spring 2019 and thereafter and subsequently transfer from a master’s to a doctoral program will receive an extension of the IDSA at the IMAE fixed value of $2,500 for terms 13.0 and 14.0. Students may receive this cumulative IDSA funding for a maximum of 11 full-time terms providing they are within the allowable program time limits (15 terms).
  • All eligible students who were admitted directly from a bachelor’s degree to a doctoral program will receive an IDSA valued at $4,720* from terms 4.0 to 12.0.
    • Students who were admitted into a PhD directly from a bachelor’s degree prior to Spring 2019 will receive an IDSA at the IMSA value of $2,360 in terms 1.0 to 3.0 and 13.0 to 15.0.
    • Students who were admitted into a PhD directly from a bachelor’s degree effective Spring 2019 and thereafter will receive an IDSA at the IMAE fixed value of $2,500 for terms 1.0 to 3.0 and 13.0 to 14.0.

*Rates effective September 1, 2019

Eligibility & selection criteria: 

International graduate students, with a valid Canadian study permit, registered full time in a doctoral program at the University of Waterloo.

Students must meet the academic progress requirements of their program, not have outstanding probationary admission requirements.

Students who were admitted into a program prior to Spring 2019 cannot be concurrently in receipt of external awards in excess of $7,000 a term, a tuition award or sponsorships or be self-funded.

Students who were admitted into a program in Spring 2019 and thereafter cannot be concurrently in receipt of external awards, tuition awards, sponsorships or be self-funded in excess of the value of minimum PhD funding.

For information regarding international funding programs, please visit the Graduate Studies International Funding webpage.

Level: 
Doctoral
Program:
Open to any program
Citizenship: 
International/study permit student
Selection process: 
Student selected automatically by Faculty/Department
Term: 
Winter, Spring, Fall
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