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 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 but rather students are nominated by their departments. For additional information please visit the Waterloo Awards web page.
External awards programs are offered by federal and provincial scholarship agencies as well as by private companies who rely on Waterloo to adjudicate competitions and manage payments 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. The Office of Development works with donors to establish funding sources to provide financial support to attract outstanding domestic and international graduate students to graduate programs. Graduate scholarships help to alleviate the financial burden, thereby enabling students to focus on their studies and research. For additional information please visit the Support Waterloo web page.