Nanofellowships for existing graduate students

The Nanofellowship Competition is now closed.

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 (UWaterloo). Applicants must satisfy the general eligibility requirements for the University of Waterloo graduate scholarships.

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 to 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. Upload your video to the WIN Google Drive OR put a Youtube link directly into your application.
  • 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: 2021 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 2022

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

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

The notification of the 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Nanofellowships

The first section of the FAQs applies to all Nanofellowship applications. If you have further questions, please contact us at

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Existing students applying for a Nanofellowship

The second section of the FAQs applies to existing Nanofellowship applications only. If you have further questions, please contact us at