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Awards & funding

At the University of Waterloo, we believe that excellence in graduate studies is reinforced by the availability of 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 the Office of Development to establish new donor-funded awards, and with external agencies to promote competitive-based scholarships.  Efforts are coordinated between the GSO and Faculties and departments to advertise, adjudicate and distribute a variety of awards to graduate students. In addition to the financial support available through government sources and research grant support, Waterloo promotes and manages a variety of internal and external 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 but rather 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 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

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 Office of Development web page.

President's Graduate Scholarship

Waterloo continues to attract the best students by providing the President's Graduate Scholarship top-up (up to $10,000/year) to both incoming and continuing graduate students receiving tri-council (NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR) and provincial (OGS) competition-based scholarships (some exclusions apply).

Minimum funding for graduate students

Read about the minimum funding guidelines for graduate students 

Funding sources


Graduate department scholarship coordinators list