External funding opportunities
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)
The Vanier 2019 competition has just been launched! Updated information regarding the competition and Waterloo’s timeline can be found on the GSPA website . The information on this web page pertains to administrators, academics and potential applicants and outlines the application process, critical steps required to apply, how to get considered and a detailed timeline.
- Prospective applicants must express their interest in applying at Waterloo for the Vanier to the Graduate Officer/Associate Chair of the proposed department by August 2.
- Applicants MUST receive departmental endorsement PRIOR to submitting their application to the ResearchNet application portal.
Mitacs Globalink Research Award
Graduate Student and Post-Doc International Funding Opportunity
Laura Bassi Scholarship
The Laura Bassi Scholarship was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplines. The scholarships are open to every discipline and are awarded three times per year: December, April, and August. The value of the scholarships are remitted through editorial assistance as follows:
Master’s candidates: $750
Doctoral candidates: $2,500
Junior academics: $500
These figures reflect the upper bracket of costs of editorial assistance for master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, and academic journal articles, respectively. All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment. There are no institutional, departmental, or national restrictions.
Deadline: 25 July 2019
Results: 15 August 2019
How to Apply
Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV using the portal prompted by the 'Apply' button below by the relevant deadline.
To help defray the Scholarship’s administrative costs, applicants are subject to a voluntary USD 10.00 fee. All applicants who are unable to pay the application fee are welcome to take advantage of the fee waiver option on the application portal.
Additional inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internal funding opportunities
Doctoral Thesis Completion Awards
Fall term – July 15
Winter term – November 15
Spring term – March 15
Graduate Student International Experience award
International Experience Awards
Several international experience award funds are available to University of Waterloo graduate students who participate in: an academic exchange, a study term related to their research (field work) or an academic requirement (placement), work, or volunteer experience. Award selection is based on a variety of factors such as academic achievement, financial need, length, location, nature of experience and whether it is an applicants first time travelling to a destination etc. Only one application is required in order to be considered for any of the International Experience Awards (see brief descriptions below).
The value and number of awards vary.
General Eligibility and Selection Criteria:
- These awards are intended to provide support for upcoming international experiences, not past experiences while you are a graduate student. (Students should apply as soon as they are able to confirm details of their intended experience by one of the deadlines below).
- Travel duration:
- Full-term Experience (for UW Student Mobility Funding Program)
- Minimum of 8 weeks (for David Johnston International Experience Awards)
- Minimum of 8 weeks, however travel lasting at least 4 weeks may be considered and awarded at a reduced value (for UW International Experience Award)
- Students must be full‐time and in good academic standing in order to be considered. Some awards require a specific level of academic achievement.
- Some of these awards are based fully or partially on financial need.
- Funding is generally limited to one award per student in a given year due to the large number of applications received.
David Johnston International Experience Awards – open to Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents or international students, min. 75% graduate average required, for travel anywhere however several specific awards fall under this broader award, including one for travel to Israel (see Lebovic) and another for travel to developing countries (see McCall MacBain).
UW International Experience Awards – open only to Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents and residents of Ontario, must have demonstrated financial need (have applied for OSAP for the term travelling unless restricted), for travel anywhere.
UW Student Mobility Funding Program – for travel anywhere, with preference given to students with financial need. Several awards fall under this broader award which have specific eligibility requirements (see UW International Travel Award, Hume , Johnson, Kerr and LeDrew.)
For full award descriptions including eligibility and selection criteria, please search for the awards in the Graduate Funding & Awards Database.
Apply by completing the Graduate Student International Experience Award application. This general application will be used to consider you for any of the international experience awards that you may be eligible for. Submit the completed application and all required supporting documentation (as outlined on the application checklist) on or before the deadline to email@example.com or to The Centre, Ira G. Needles Hall (NH), first floor. Award selection takes place each term. Please apply by the deadline for the term in which you will be travelling:
Spring (May-August) term travel – March 15
Fall (Sept-Dec) term travel – July 15
Winter (Jan-Apr) term travel – November 15
GSPA will communicate with applicants regarding the competition results within approximately three weeks of the award deadline.
Graduate Studies Research Travel Assistantship
Fall term travel – August 1
Winter term travel – December 1
Spring term travel – April 1
Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) and the Graduate Studies Endowment Fund (GSEF) assist the University of Waterloo graduate students to attend professional conferences, and present their research. Students should use this form to reserve travel funds from their supervisor, Department/School, Faculty and GSPA.
*Note: Confirmation of presentation and abstract may be submitted with the Travel Advance and Settlement Claim after travel and are not required with this application for funding. The amount reserved per student by GSPA will not exceed $500.