Eligible students must be enrolled full time in research-based graduate degree programs at the University of Waterloo and hold a valid Canadian study permit. Students must meet the academic progress requirements of their program, and not have outstanding probationary admission requirements, or be concurrently receiving external awards or sponsorships.
NOTE: The IMSA program will be discontinued effective May 1, 2019 with the spring 2019 admissions cycle. This means that students offered admission for spring 2019 and beyond will no longer automatically receive this award. Students who were offered the award prior to spring 2019 will continue to be “grandparented” under this program until their last eligible term based on the details below.
Master's students who are entering their program in spring 2019 and beyond should refer to the International Master's Award of Excellence (IMAE).
The IDSA program remains unchanged.
IMSA - the value is approximate to one-half of the differential fee per term
IDSA - the value is approximate to the full differential fee per term
IDSA4 - the value is approximate to the full differential fee per term
International graduate students registered full time in a MA, MASC, MES, MFA, MMATH (except coursework) or MSC (except coursework) degree program will receive an IMSA for 2 years (up to term 6.0).
International graduate students registered full time in a research-based PhD program will receive an IDSA for 3 years (up to term 9.0).
Doctoral year 4 support (admitted from a master's degree)
International graduate students registered full time in a research-based PhD program and who were admitted from a master's degree will receive an International Doctoral Student Award Year 4 (IDSA4) for year 4 (terms 10 to 12).
For information regarding IMSA/IDSA, please visit the Graduate Studies International Funding webpage.
Please contact your department/program Graduate Co-ordinator for further information regarding this award.