What is the minimum funding for students in a doctoral (PhD program?)

  • Effective May 1, 2019, the minimum funding for doctoral students in good academic standing is $23,538 per year.
  • This commitment applies to the first four years of full-time enrolment in a doctoral program.
  • Many of Waterloo’s departments and schools offer minimum funding which exceeds the university’s minimum.
  • For international graduate students registered in a full-time doctoral program who are eligible for the International Doctoral Student Award (IDSA), the IDSA is not included in the calculation of minimum funding.
  • Minimum funding for doctoral students is reviewed annually by the Graduate Student Support Advisory Committee.
  • Any annual increase applies to both new (incoming) and current eligible doctoral students.

Previous minimum levels of financial support for doctoral students were:

  • Effective May 1, 2018: $23,043 per year
  • Effective May 1, 2017: $22,647 per year
  • Effective May 1, 2016: $22,293 per year
  • Effective May 1, 2015: $21,865 per year
  • Effective May 1, 2014: $21,225 per year

What is the minimum funding for master's students (research programs only)?

  • Effective May 1, 2012, Waterloo’s guideline for minimum funding for incoming full-time master’s students in the first year of a non-co-op Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Environmental Studies (MES), Master of Applied Science (MASc), Master of Mathematics (MMATH) (except coursework programs), or Master of Science (MSc) (except coursework programs) is $12,000.
  • This commitment applies to the first year of full-time enrolment for students in good academic standing. 
  • For international graduate students registered in a full-time master’s program who are eligible for an International Master’s Student Award (IMSA), the IMSA is not included in the calculation of minimum funding.

How is minimum funding provided?

Minimum funding for masters and doctoral students is provided through a variety of funding sources, including:

Note: Minimum funding is inclusive of vacation pay and benefits as well as external awards or sponsorships, if applicable.