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Awards & funding

At the University of Waterloo, we believe that excellence in graduate studies is reinforced by providing funding to our graduate students so they can devote their time and energy to the successful completion of their studies.

The Graduate Studies Office (GSO) works closely with our Faculties, academic departments, the Office of Development and external agencies to develop and promote competitive-based scholarships and awards. 

Waterloo awards

Waterloo awards consist of bursaries, emergency loans, and graduate scholarships, many of which have been made possible through contributions by Faculty, staff, retirees, students, alumni, corporations, foundations and the general public. Many of the internal awards do not require an application, instead, students are nominated by their departments. For additional information please visit the Waterloo Awards web page.

External awards

External awards programs are offered by federal and provincial scholarship agencies or private companies who rely on Waterloo to adjudicate competitions and manage payment of awards. For additional information please visit the External Awards web page.

Establishing graduate awards at Waterloo

Waterloo is committed to increasing graduate student enrolment and remaining competitive in research and innovation. Our Office of Development works with donors to establish funding sources that provide financial support to attract outstanding domestic and international students to our graduate programs. Graduate scholarships help to alleviate the financial burden allowing students to focus on study and research. For additional information please visit the Support Waterloo web page.

Apply now for a Rhodes Scholarship

President's Graduate Scholarship

Waterloo is pleased to provide the President's Graduate Scholarship (PGS) to outstanding graduate students who hold major federally and provincially funded competition-based scholarships.  

Minimum funding for graduate students

Read about our minimum funding guidelines for graduate students.

Awards database

Search our graduate awards database to explore funding opportunities at Waterloo.


Questions about your departmental funding? Contact your department graduate coordinator.