Waterloo is pleased to provide the President's Graduate Scholarship (PGS) to outstanding graduate students who hold certain major federally and provincially funded competition-based scholarships.

The PGS is provided each year that you hold an eligible graduate scholarship at Waterloo.

Value and payment

The PGS is valued at up to $15,000 depending on the type of scholarship and where you are in your program when you start it. A portion of the PGS is paid as a scholarship by Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) and for some awards, a portion is paid by your department as either a scholarship, Graduate Research Studentship, Teaching Assistantship (TA) or Research Assistantship (RA).

All annual PGS payments will be reduced if you hold the eligible award for less than three terms. You are encouraged to contact your department graduate coordinator for details regarding how the PGS payment will be disbursed to you.

Eligible scholarships

Doctoral scholarships

Students who hold one of the following doctoral scholarships at Waterloo are eligible to receive a President’s Graduate Scholarship as per the detailed parameters in the tables below:

If you are entering the first term of your doctoral program and have been awarded one of the above scholarships:
PGS paid by Year 1 of doctoral program Year 2 of doctoral program (and beyond)
GSPA up to $10,000 paid across 3 terms up to $5,000 paid across 3 terms
Department/Faculty up to $5,000 up to $5,000
TOTAL up to $15,000 up to $10,000
If you are already in a doctoral program when you are awarded one of the above scholarships:
PGS paid by Annual amount while holding the eligible doctoral scholarship
GSPA up to$5,000 paid across 3 terms
Department/Faculty up to $5,000
TOTAL up to $10,000


Tri-agency CGS M and OGS/QEII-GSST

Students who hold one of the following scholarships at Waterloo are eligible to receive a President’s Graduate Scholarship as per the detailed parameters in the table below:

PGS paid by Annual amount while holding a CGS M or OGS/QEII-GSST
GSPA up to $5,000 across 3 terms
Department/Faculty *
TOTAL up to $5,000

*Departments and/or Faculties may choose to provide additional funding. Students are encouraged to contact their department graduate coordinator for details.