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 a student holds an eligible graduate scholarship at Waterloo.

Value and payment

The PGS is valued at up to $10,000. Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) pays the central portion of$5,000 as a scholarship while the department/faculty portion can be paid as a scholarship, Graduate Research Studentship, Teaching Assistantship (TA) or Research Assistantship (RA).

All annual PGS payments will be reduced if the eligible scholarship is held for less than three terms. Students are encouraged to contact their department graduate coordinator for details regarding how the department/faculty portion will be paid.

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 *Note: Effective beginning with the 2023-2024 scholarship competitions onwards (those that would start being held as early as May 2023), the central PGS through GSPA will be valued at$5,000 per year regardless of whether the recipient is a current or new student. Current recipients of the higher valued PGS will continue to be honoured.

Tri-agency CGS M and OGS/QEII-GSST

Students who hold one of the following scholarships at Waterloo are eligible to receive a PGS 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.