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 2023 scholarship events
- Checklist for applying - critical steps in the application process
- Academic input of your research proposal and/or CV drafts
- Writing and Communication Centre (WCC)
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!
Additional scholarship events will be added below as they are confirmed.
September 11, 2023
Applying for Graduate Scholarships - Insider Academic Advice webinar:
September 12, 2023
NSERC Q&A session for doctoral and postdoctoral applicants:
September 19, 2023
Tri-Agency Doctoral Scholarship Workshop:
Students planning to apply to one of the tri-agency doctoral scholarships (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) in the upcoming competitions are encouraged to attend. The workshop will provide an opportunity for applicants to receive advice/feedback from faculty members in regard to their CV, lay abstract, and/or research proposal. Attendees should review the Applying for graduate scholarships: Insider Academic Advice webinar prior to the workshop so they can be prepared to seek feedback.
October 26, 2023
Funding Your Graduate Education:
This 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.
November 2, 2023
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.
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.
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:
- Your current/prospective supervisor
- Your department graduate chair/officer
- A faculty member in your area of research as suggested by the graduate chair/officer
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 September 12, 2023