Funding for conferences and international experiences

Funding is available to support you while participating in academic travel and international experiences.

International experience awards

Waterloo offers several international experience awards annually to full‐time graduate students who participate in a minimally paid or volunteer work placement, an academic exchange, or a study term related to academic requirements or research. Further details on such awards can be found on the Graduate Student International Experience Award application web page. 

These Graduate Student International Experience Award recipients shared their travel experiences (and their photos). Check it out:

Graduate Student Research Dissemination Award

Through a commitment of financial support from the Graduate Studies Endowment Fund (GSEF) and Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA), awards are available to encourage full-time or part-time graduate students to present their own research (oral, poster, paper) at an academic conference and engage in academic dialogue within their field of study and research. For application information and eligibility criteria, please refer to our Graduate Student Research Dissemination Award web page.

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS)

This program supports eligible high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. Visit the Graduate Studies CGS-MSFSS award listing in the Graduate funding and awards database for full details.