WIN Nanofellowship Information

On Friday, January 27th, WIN held a Nanofellowship Information Session to provide further information on the nanofellowship application process. For those who missed the information session or would like to review the notes, including a sample application and advice regarding letters of reference, you can view the Presentation Slides online.

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. Please review the Nanofellowship Program Guide carefully before applying.

To be considered for the Nanofellowship competition, you must:

  1. Complete the Nanofellowship application form (submit completed form as LastName_FirstName.pdf and email to with subject line: Nanofellowship Application); and
  2. Arrange for two electronic letters of reference to be sent directly to the WIN office (download the Reference Form and fill out the “Applicant’s Information” section before sending a copy to each of your referees). Submit the completed Reference Form via email to

All documents including the reference letters must be received electronically at WIN by the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

The notification of decision will be made in the Spring Term of the academic year. Selection of recipients for the fellowships will be made by a committee chaired by WIN Executive Director.

For prospective graduate students, please note that the Nanofellowship application DOES NOT replace the regular admission procedure for Graduate Studies at the University of Waterloo. A separate online Graduate Application is required. For more information on general admission at UW, please visit University of Waterloo Graduate Studies.


Attracting the best and brightest from around the world

The nanofellowships are awarded to top graduate students pursuing nanotechnology research at the University of Waterloo. Since 2008, WIN has awarded 313 Nanofellowships to Canadian and international students with outstanding academic qualifications and research potential. 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, but are not limited to:

  • Nanomaterials for energy, environmental and health sectors
  • Nanoscale electronic, photonic and hybrid devices and systems
  • Nanotools, instrumentation and metrology
  • Nanomedicine, medical devices & imaging, pharmaceutical engineering

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

Nanofellowship Winners

Since 2008, WIN has awarded 313 Nanofellowships 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 our talented students who apply.