President's Graduate Scholarship

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 one of the eligible graduate scholarships, listed below, at the University of Waterloo.

Effective for new PGS-eligible awards beginning May 1, 2016

If you are entering the first term of your doctoral program

If you are entering the first term of your doctoral program and have been awarded one of the following scholarships:

For the first year of your doctoral program you will receive:

  • up to $10,000 PGS - split over 3 terms
  • up to $5,000 PGS match from your department or Faculty - split over 3 terms
  • Total: $15,000 PGS in year one

For the second year of your doctoral program (and beyond) you will receive:

  • up to$5,000 PGS - split over 3 terms
  • up to $5,000 PGS match from your department or Faculty - split over 3 terms
  • Total: up to $10,000 PGS in year 2 and beyond

If you are already in a doctoral program

If you are already in a doctoral program when you are awarded one of the following scholarships:

For each year that you hold the eligible Doctoral scholarship you will also receive:

  • up to $5,000 PGS - split over 3 terms
  • up to $5,000 PGS match from your department or Faculty* - split over 3 term
  • Total: up to $10,000 PGS each year

All annual PGS payments will be reduced if you hold your eligible award for 2 terms instead of 3. You are encouraged to contact your department graduate coordinator for details on how the PGS payment will be disbursed to you.

*The PGS match from your department or Faculty will be paid in one or more of the following forms: University of Waterloo Graduate ScholarshipTeaching Assistantship (TA)Research Assistantship (RA)Graduate Research Studentship (GRS)

If you have been awarded one of these scholarships

Recipients of the above mentined awards will also receive a University of Waterloo President’s Graduate Scholarship (PGS). As a recipient of the PGS, you will automatically receive up to $5,000 split equally over 3 terms ($1,666 per term). The total annual value of the PGS will be reduced should you hold the the awards for fewer terms. Please note that some Faculties may provide funding in addition to this.

You are encouraged to contact your department graduate co-ordinator for details on how the PGS payment will be disbursed to you.

If you held a PGS-eligible scholarship prior to May 1, 2016

You will continue to receive the PGS match under the old award regulations:

  • each term that you hold a PGS-eligible scholarship (doctoral or Master’s Tri-Agency, or OGS scholarship – excluding Vanier), Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs will provide $1,666 per term in the form of a PGS scholarship
  • your department or Faculty will then provide a PGS match of up to an additional $1,668 per term through scholarship(s), Teaching Assistantship(s) or Research Assistantship(s)
  • annual PGS and/or PGS match payments will be reduced if you hold your eligible award for 2 terms instead of 3

You are encouraged to contact your department graduate co-ordinator for details on how the PGS payment will be disbursed to you.

Last updated: July 18, 2018