External Examiner Nomination Form


  • Fill out this form at least four months before the student's defense.
  • Review Program Milestones page or LEARN to confirm proposed committee meets PhD Thesis Examination Committee requirements.
  • Review PhD Thesis Examination Regulations on GSPA website.
    • All members must be identified to proceed with submission
    • Additional approval is required for multiple adjuncts to serve on the thesis defence committee. Please contact the Graduate Coordinator for details.
  • Confirm External Examiner meets the following criteria:
    • Nominee holds an academic appointment of at least 5 years or similar industry experience
    • Nominee provides evidence for successful supervision of highly qualified personnel, preferably including at the PhD level
    • Nominee must be at arm’s length from the candidate’s thesis, candidate and supervisor(s) and additionally must not be in a potential conflict of interest with regards to the outcome of the examination. Such conflicts are outlined in the Graduate Studies and Post-Doctoral Affairs PhD Regulations
    • Nominee must provide a full (up to date) CV with publications covering at least the past 6 years, as well as a list of supervised students and levels.
Student information
(if known)
Examining committee
Please enter full name of each member of the committee.
(if applicable)
External Examiner Criteria
Read each statement below and check each box indicating you have read, understand, and agree with the statement. You must select all in order to submit the form.
External Examiner eligibility
Has the proposed external examiner ever been a student or employee of the University of Waterloo?
Please note any irregularities and provide a brief justification in support of the nomination
Attach current and complete CV of External Examiner that includes publications covering at least the past 6 years.
One file only.
25 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf, doc, docx.