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 in our Graduate funding & awards database.

These 2019 international experience award recipients shared their travel experiences (and their photos).

Graduate Studies Conference Assistantship

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) and the Graduate Studies Endowment Fund (GSEF) assist University of Waterloo graduate students to attend academic conferences, and present their research. For deadlines, guidelines and eligibility criteria, please refer to our Graduate Studies Conference Assistantship 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.