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Nanofellowship Competition is now closed.

Please watch for our next call in Fall 2021. 

Sushanta and Nanofellowship AwardeeAttracting the best and brightest from around the world

The Nanofellowships are awarded to top graduate students pursuing nanotechnology research at the University of Waterloo. These prestigious fellowships valued at $10,000 each are awarded to new graduate applicants and current MSc and PhD students at the University of Waterloo. The Nanofellowships supplement the research support provided by the supervising faculty member. Nanofellowships can be held simultaneously with other graduate awards subject to the requirements of other scholarships or awards.

Focus areas in nanotechnology include:

  • Smart and functional materialsThis includes but not limited to fundamental condensed matter physics, soft matter, materials characterization, nanomaterials, graphene and other 2D materials, quantum materials, nanoparticles, quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, DNA self-assembly, biomaterial and nanocellulose, new materials for additive manufacturing (i.e., 3D printing).
  • Connected devicesThis includes but not limited to sensors (quantum-, nano- and microsensors), MEMS/NEMS, flexible electronics, wearable devices, lab-on-chip, use of internet-of-things and artificial intelligence for sensors, human-machine interfaces, and other connected devices.
  • Next generation energy systemsThis includes but not limited to fundamental understanding of transport processes in energy devices, batteries, fuel cells, catalysis, low-carbon sustainable technologies, artificial photosynthesis.
  • Theranostics and therapeuticsThis includes but not limited to targeted drug delivery, tissue engineering, minimally invasive treatment of diseases, immunotherapy and medical imaging.

Special consideration will be given to students intending to pursue projects involving cross-disciplinary collaboration in nanotechnology.

In 2015, all United Nations Member States adopted the Agenda for Sustainable Development for 2030, providing a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for the planet. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were devised to improve global challenges – such as improving health and living conditions – leading to sustainable development, economic growth and environmental protection. WIN is directly in tune with these global challenges, seeking solutions to ensure good health, clean water, affordable energy, industry & innovation, and climate action among all others, leading to a just society.


For full details about the UNSDGs, visit their website.

Application Process

The Nanofellowships competition is held annually. Applicants must hold an active graduate status, with a minimum of two terms remaining in their program, at the University of Waterloo. Applicants must satisfy the general eligibility requirements for the University of Waterloo graduate scholarships.

For Prospective Graduate students:

  1. Please review the Nanofellowship Program Guide for Prospective Graduate students carefully.
  2. You must have already applied to Graduate Studies at the University of Waterloo to be eligible for a Nanofellowship.
  3. Complete the Nanofellowship Application form and email to (submit as LastName_FirstName.pdf) with the subject line: Nanofellowship Application.
  4. All documents must be received electronically at WIN by the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

For Existing Graduate Students:

  1. Please review the Nanofellowship Program Guide for Existing Graduate students carefully.
  2. Complete the Nanofellowship Application form and email to (submit as LastName_FirstName.pdf) with the subject line: Nanofellowship Application. 
  3. Arrange for two electronic letters of reference to be sent directly to WIN (download Reference form and fill out the “Applicant’s Information” section before sending a copy to each of your referees). Your referees are to send the document directly to Letters of reference forwarded by students will not be accepted.
  4. All documents must be received electronically at WIN by the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.
  5. Students who have already received two Nanofellowship awards valued at $10,000 are not eligible to apply.

Video Presentation:

  • All Nanofellowship applicants are provide a short recording explaining why you have chosen nanotechnology as your area of study, your passions for pursuing this field, and your future goals as it pertains to the betterment of society.
  • Information on your video should be unique and not a reiteration of the text provided for the technical research proposal or alignment with nanotechnology themes and with UNSDGs in the preceding sections.
  • The video should be no longer than 2 minutes and saved in MP4 format.
  • You can either video record yourself giving the presentation along with some graphics/presentation slides like the examples linked below or record your voice presenting over a powerpoint presentation
  • You can create your own template, or you can use the University of Waterloo standard presentation for your use: UWaterloo Branded Powerpoint Template
    • See our YouTube playlist featuring last year’s Nanofellowship recipients for examples of this type of recording: 2020 Nanofellowship Recipient Presentations
    • Please note these recipients were asked to give an elevator pitch of their research, unlike the questions we are asking you to answer. 

Summary guidelines and tips for completing your application: Eligibility and Guidelines for Application 2021

For those who are unable to prepare a video file, please complete the questionnaire found here: Nanofellowship Questionnaire

The notification of decision will be made in the Spring Term of the academic year. Selection of recipients for the award will be made by the Nanofellowship Adjudication Committee.

NOTE: All awardees are required to provide a poster presentation of their research in nanotechnology at the Annual Nanofellowship Ceremony, usually held the Fall term as a condition of award acceptance. Incompliance will result in forfeiture of award.

Nanofellowship Committee:

  • WIN Faculty Member representing Engineering, nominated by the Dean of Engineering
  • WIN Faculty Member representing Science, nominated by the Dean of Science
  • Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Engineering or designate
  • Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science or designate
  • WIN Executive Director
  • Assistant Director Research Programs, WIN (non-voting member) will be the support staff for the committee

Nanofellowship Winners

Since 2008, WIN has awarded 467 Nanofellowship awards to students across 8 different departments.

Each year we accept applications from students around the world and the winners represent the very best of the best, boasting a mean grade average of approximately 90%.

WIN would like to offer our congratulations to all our Nanofellowship winners and we thank all of our talented students who apply.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Nanofellowship Awardees

Please see below for the frequently asked questions and answers for students who have received a Nanofellowship award. If you have further questions, please contact us at