Are you interested in applying for scholarships to support your future or current graduate degree? Did you know you need to apply several months in advance? Resources are available to support you in pursuing graduate funding.

The major federal and provincial scholarships provide financial support to high-caliber graduate students who demonstrate strong academic excellence, research ability/potential and outstanding professional or personal achievements. 

Each competition has its own specific eligibility criteria. Prior to applying, you are encouraged to visit each scholarship website to confirm your eligibility. After your review, if you have specific scholarship questions, contact your department graduate co-ordinator. If you are a prospective graduate student and have questions, please connect with the program contact as identified on each graduate program page.

Fall 2022 scholarship events:

The major federal and provincial scholarships are highly competitive. We strongly encourage you to attend the scholarship events below to learn more about the application processes, and have your questions answered!

Event Details

September 8, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

NSERC Q&A session for doctoral and postdoctoral applicantsThis session will be hosted as a live Q&A WebEx event. Participants should watch the informational videos and review Waterloo’s NSERC web page in advance, and come to the Q&A session with specific questions in mind.

Registration details forthcoming.

September 13, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

*Applying for Graduate Scholarships: Insider Academic Advice – webinar: This event will include insider academic advice from Jeff Casello, Associate Vice President, GSPA as well as an opportunity to ask your academic related graduate scholarship questions.

Registration details forthcoming.

September 15, 2022
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (ARTS, ENG, HEALTH, MATH, SCI) &
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM (ENV)

Applying for Graduate Scholarships: Insider Academic Advice – live chat appointments: Do you have questions related to your scholarship application (research proposal, lay abstract, selecting referees, listing publications)? Meet with your Faculty Associate Dean for a one-on-one live chat!

Registration details forthcoming.

October 26, 2022
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

*Funding Your Graduate EducationThis event is intended to provide an overview of internal funding, financial need funding, external scholarships, support for applying for major scholarships, award payments and OSAP/loans for new and prospective graduate students. 

Registration details forthcoming.

November 3, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Funding your Graduate Education - live chat: Are you a new or prospective graduate student with questions about funding your graduate education? Our funding experts will be available virtually to respond to your questions via a live chat.

Registration details forthcoming.


NSERC Q&A session for Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s applicants

Session description TBA

Registration details forthcoming.

*A recording of these presentations will be posted here shortly after the event takes place.

Checklist for applying - critical steps in the application process

Each scholarship application requires you to follow the steps below. It is important to start the process as soon as possible!

  • Confirm your eligibility and read the application instructions.
  • Familiarize yourself with the transcript instructions and determine if you need to order transcripts. If you do, order them now.
  • Talk to prospective referees about reference letters, provide them with the appropriate deadline and detailed information to assist them with writing an informed assessment.
  • Work on your research proposal/program statement.
  • Apply for admission to a graduate program at Waterloo, if applicable.
  • Complete the application and all components/attachments and submit it by the deadline.

Academic input of your research proposal and/or CV drafts

If you have drafted your proposal and want to have it reviewed by an academic in your area, we encourage you to reach out to:

  1. Your current/prospective supervisor
  2. Your department graduate chair/officer
  3. A faculty member in your area of research as suggested by the graduate chair/officer
  4. Book a one-on-one appointment with your Faculty Associate Dean (registration details forthcoming)

Writing and Communication Centre (WCC)

The Writing and Communication Centre (WCC) is a hub of communication and writing practice, support, and research on campus. Students are encouraged to utilize the services offered by the Centre which include one-on-one appointments, workshops, writing cafes, etc.

Revised August 11, 2022