Fall 2018 scholarship competitions

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? Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) is offering a host of resources to support students in pursuit of 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.


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

Graduate scholarship information webinar

Did you miss the live webinar on September 11 at 10:30 a.m. EST.? No problem! You can still register to watch the webinar on demand, and gain access to the same great list of resources. You can even email whatever questions you may have!

Information presented includes competition material for the following scholarships:

NSERC scholarship information session

Representatives from NSERC will present information specific to the NSERC master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral competitions on September 12 at 2:00 p.m. EST in the Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages. Come and learn about the detailed application process, tips and advice and ask your questions! Registration for this session is not required. For those who are not able to attend the session, check out the NSERC presentation slides  (pdf) .

Scholarship workshops

GSPA will be hosting presentation/Q&A workshops that will focus on the academic side of applying for scholarships. Come and enjoy refreshments while learning from faculty members, national level scholarship committee members, Writing & Communication Centre representatives, as well as past scholarship winners. Come prepared to ask faculty members specific questions about your application! Details about the workshops are listed below:

Scholarship workshops
Workshop Date Time Location Registration
SSHRC Doctoral Tues, Oct 2, 2018 4:00-6:00 p.m. RCH 305 (Please note, new location)

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NSERC Doctoral Wed, Oct 3, 2018 4:00-6:00 p.m. NH 3407 (Boards and Senate room)  This event has passed.
CGS M Wed, Nov 14, 2018 4:00-6:00 p.m. NH 3407 (Board and Senate room) 

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In order to prepare for the above opportunities, we encourage you to review the scholarship competition information on the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website, including the eligibility criteria, timelines and University of Waterloo administrative details.

Should you have any specific questions after you review the scholarship websites, please contact your graduate department co-ordinator.