Scholarship application

Are you interested in applying for scholarships to support your future or current graduate degree? Did you know you need to apply almost one year in advance? Resources are available to support students in pursuit of 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 graduate department co-ordinator.

Fall 2020 resources:

The major federal and provincial scholarships are highly competitive; as such you are encouraged to take advantage of the resources below, in order to submit a strong application.

Ask the Experts: Tri-agency and OGS/QEII-GSST scholarships

Tuesday, September 15 from 2:00 to 3:00p.m. (EDT) on Zoom

  • Includes insider academic advice from our GSPA scholarships experts, as well as a chance to ask any questions you have about applying to the major scholarship competitions.
  • Before registering, you are encouraged to review the specific competition websites and submit your questions prior to the session.

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 draft research proposal and/or CV

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

Writing and Communication Centre (WCC)

The Writing and Communication Centre (WCC) is a hub of communication and writing practice, support, and research on campus. They offer workshops that are facilitated by previous tri-agency award recipients, which address how to plan and write the critical research proposal section of your major scholarship application.

Revised August 31, 2020