Pursuing self-funded, full-time doctoral studies is available only on an exceptional basis, and must be approved by the academic unit and faculty of intended doctoral studies.

The following conditions will apply:

  • Evidence of sufficient external sponsorship and/or personal funds to cover all study and living costs for the duration of your program. Note: This could include providing official documentation such as a sponsorship letter from an institution or a person providing you with funding, or personal bank statements from the past six months.
  • Signed declaration stating that you will be responsible for all study and living costs for the duration of your program, and acknowledgement that you will not be eligible to receive funding from your department or Faculty. 

Waterloo may re-evaluate your offer of admission and/or continuation in your doctoral program, should there be any change in your self-funding situation.

If you have any questions, please contact our Associate Director, Graduate Admissions.