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WIN Nanofellowship Information

For instructions, guidelines and tips for writing an effective Nanofellowship application, please view the Nanofellowship Information Slides found here: Presentation Slides.

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.

For Prospective Graduate Students:

  1. You must have already applied to Graduate Studies at the University of Waterloo to be eligible for a Nanofellowship.
  2. Complete the Nanofellowship application form and email to nanofellowship@uwaterloo.ca (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). You referees are to send the document directly to nanoref@uwaterloo.ca. 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.

For Existing Graduate Students:

  1. Complete the Nanofellowship Application Form and email to nanofellowship@uwaterloo.ca (submit as LastName_FirstName.pdf) with the subject line: Nanofellowship Application.
  2. 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). You referees are to send the document directly to nanoref@uwaterloo.ca. Letters of reference forwarded by students will not be accepted.
  3. All documents must be received electronically at WIN by the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.
  4. Students who have already received two Nanofellowship awards valued at $10,000 are not eligible to apply.

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.

Nanofellowship Committee for 2018 consists of:

  • WIN Faculty Member representing Engineering, nominated by the Dean of Engineering (Yuning Li)
  • WIN Faculty Member representing Science, nominated by the Dean of Science (Moira Glerum)
  • Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Engineering or designate (Bruce Hellinga)
  • Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science or designate (Kirsten Müller)
  • WIN Executive Director (Sushanta Mitra)
  • Assistant Director Research Programs, WIN (non-voting member) will be the support staff for the committee (Lisa Pokrajac)

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 of forfeiture of award

Students

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 354 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:

  • Smart and functional materials: This 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 devices: This 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 systems: This 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 therapeutics: This 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.

Nanofellowship Winners

Since 2008, WIN has awarded 354 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.