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. 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 your program. 

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, Jeanette Nugent at jnugent@uwaterloo.ca