University COVID-19 update

Visit the University's Coronavirus Information website for more information.

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology main office (QNC 3606) is closed until further notice. If you are a student trying to pick up or return a lab/office key, please email for assistance. All other inquires can be directed to For emergencies, contact Campus Police.

NIMS International Cooperative Graduate Program

Graduate students from globally renowned graduate schools are accepted to the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan for training as part of their International Cooperative Graduate Program.

The International Cooperative Graduate Program (ICGP) is a program to accept graduate students from overseas universities with which NIMS concluded an International Cooperative Graduate Program agreement. NIMS can accept doctoral students for six months to a year to carry out collaborative researches with the partner universities. Students can conduct part of their thesis work at NIMS with the co-supervision by the staff of NIMS. NIMS accepts about 30 students from the partner universities each year.

Application for January 2021 students is now open!

Application deadline at NIMS:  November 30, 2020
Document screening: End of August to Mid-September
Announcement of the result: End of September

Training start: February, 2021* (subject to change based on travel restrictions due to COVID-19 or other related considerations)